Local farmer and self-taught archaeologist, Ronnie Simison, uncovered a Stone Age tomb and Bronze Age site on his land, unearthing some 16,000 human bones, alongside the bones and talons of around 14 sea eagles.* The remains of wartime defences at Hoxa Head overlook the main channel into Scapa Flow. From the top of the hill you have a panoramic view of the gun batteries and other defences from both world wars.
The Festival of the Horse and Ploughing Match is an event that dates back to the early 19th century. Held every August, local children showcase traditional costumes representing working horses, which have been handed down through generations. These outfits are complete with collar and headdress. The parade is followed by a ploughing match at the Sands O' Wright.