Pickaquoy Centre

The Pickaquoy Centre, known locally as “Picky” will be a pivotal venue at the Orkney 2025 International Island Games, hosting six sports: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Cycling (Mountain Bike), Squash, and Swimming. The Centre is at the heart of so many community facilities on Orkney, sporting and beyond.

Pickaquoy Centre, Muddisdale Road,
KW15 1LR
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Located in Kirkwall town centre Kirkwall Pier and a short drive from the airport and can be accessed by foot, bus or car from the pier. The Pickaquoy Centre, known locally as the ‘Picky’ is recognised as a first- class sports facility and was opened in 1999.


  • Outdoor grass shooting area located on the Pickaquoy Rugby/Football pitches approximately 300 metres from the main Pickaquoy building.
  • 12 covered Gazebo/Tents with seating, giving shelter for use by Archers & Judges
  • Designated spectator area
  • Onsite storage facilities for targets & individual Archery equipment.


  • A floodlit, all-weather 400m, six-lane track/eight sprint lanes with two javelin runways, one triple/long jump pit, and one shot put circle.


  • The Picky has 8 wooden semi-sprung flooring courts, 6 of which will be used for the competition, overlaid with badminton court mats. Spectator seating will be made available on viewing balconies as well as courtside.

Cycling (Mountain Bike)

  • Work is underway to create a dedicated mountain bike track on the hills close to Picky. Further details of this exciting project will be available as the plans progress.


  • The Picky has three glass-backed courts, identical to those featured at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with retractable walls allowing two double courts to be created. There are also two spectator areas – a seating area directly in front of the centre court and a balcony overhead that gives spectators a great view of all the action.


  • A six-lane 25 metre swimming pool with a moveable floor.
  • A tiered spectator seating area overlooking the main pool.
  • A glazed spectator seating area overlooking the leisure pool.
  • A relaxing Health Suite including a sauna, steam room, and spa.
  • Village style changing area.
  • Private showering cubicles.


  • Toilets - male, female, and accessible
  • Catering - serving hot and cold drinks and light refreshments
  • Separate licensed bar
  • Dedicated car park & bicycle parking
  • Secure storage for equipment overnight

Volunteer at Orkney 2025

Our volunteers are central to the smooth running of Orkney 2025. The Games-time Volunteer Programme will open in early 2024. If you'd like to register your interest now, please do so with the sign-up form and we'll make sure we get in touch when the Programme opens. This doesn't commit you to volunteering or to any particular area, it just helps us understand the current level of interest. Thank you.