ActiveLife is Orkney’s exciting leisure scheme offering unlimited access to 12 different sports and leisure venues across the county, launched on 16 January 2017.

The scheme by the Pickaquoy Centre Trust gives members access to Picky and 11 Council-owned fitness facilities and has one simple aim – to get More People, More Active, more often.

Watch our promotional video!

Thanks to all the good sports who let us film them. We hope you enjoy this snapshot of the great facilities and activities available in Orkney.

The scheme offers access to a host of facilities, activities and fitness classes available at the below centres – you can join at any centre:

  • The Pickaquoy Centre
  • Kirkwall Grammar School (KGS) Sports Centre
  • Stromness Squash Courts
  • Stromness Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre
  • The Dounby Centre
  • Seven Healthy Living Centres run by Orkney Islands Council around Orkney based at the community schools in North Walls, Rousay, Sanday, Shapinsay, St Margarets Hope, Westray and Stronsay Junior High

The ActiveLife scheme is initially being launched as a two year pilot, which will be reviewed by the Picky Centre Trust and the Council after the first year.

Costs for an ActiveLife are:

  • Individual – £19.99 per month.
  • Family – £29.99 per month (two adults living at the same address and any number of children under 18).
  • Budget – 50p per person per activity (based on receipt of certain benefits – terms and conditions apply).

For those who qualify for the Budget membership, children will be eligible to attend Learn2Swim blocks for 50p per lesson.

Activities include (where available at each of the venues):

  • Swimming
  • Use of health suites – sauna, steam room and spa pool
  • Group exercise classes – over 50 a week with something for everyone
  • 50+ club activities
  • Use of all gym, weights and exercise equipment across the facilities
  • Racket sports – squash, badminton, short tennis, table tennis
  • ‘Jungle World’ soft play
  • Kids Inflatables sessions
  • Athletics track
  • Climbing Wall
  • Bouldering Cave


The ActiveIslands membership will give islanders access to gym facilities and fitness classes on their specific island for £12.50 per month or £17.50 for a family. Budget memberships are also available at a cost of 50p per activity.

How do I apply?

You can submit an application at The Pickaquoy Centre, or selected Orkney Island Council leisure facilities. Download your ActiveLife Application here.

Here’s what Picky Trust Chair Stephen Kemp and Councillor Harvey Johnston have to say about the scheme:

Keep an eye on our social media (FacebookTwitter and Instagram) and the Council’s social media(Facebook and Twitter)!

Frequently Asked Questions

How did it come about?

A key aim of both the Council and the Pickaquoy Centre Trust is to encourage and enable an active, healthy community. This scheme is the result of the Council and the Picky Trust working together to try to achieve this fully as possible. In other areas of Scotland, similar schemes have quickly attracted many new members, and seen increased usage of facilities – a win win situation!

So – what’s not included?

The scheme does not include cinema tickets, exercise classes or junior courses paid for in a ‘block’, or personalised gym programmes after initial programmes offered during signup.

Who is eligible for the Budget option?

If you are receiving a ‘means tested’ benefit payment, ie income support, pension guarantee credit, job seeker’s allowance, or employment support allowance, you are eligible for the Budget membership giving you access to activities at any centre for 50p per activity. As these benefits are based on household income, anyone residing at your address can also access activities for 50p per session.

Individuals receiving a war disability pension, disabled living allowance, personal independence payment, attendance allowance or carer’s allowance are entitled to the Budget option also (but not members of their wider household).

I don’t want to take up an ActiveLife membership – what are my options?

You can still use facilities, at the standard ‘Pay and Play’ rate at individual centres. There are no concession rates – this is to help encourage people to take up the pilot scheme and tap into the flexibility and wide range of activities it offers.

But won’t this cost some people more?

For some, the new fee structure will represent a modest increase over the course of month on what they are paying for an activity at the venue they are signed up with. However – the new scheme will provide unlimited activity sessions, on a wide range of activities, across all 12 facilities, giving many more options to be more active, more often.

The scheme is designed to provide a budget option for those who have a demonstrable need for it (ie are in receipt of means tested benefit payments), and an attractive but affordable scheme for everybody else.

So while a small number of users might pay more for a monthly membership, on the whole the scheme enables most people to make more use of the excellent facilities we have in Orkney, with greater flexibility, more choice and less cost than ever before.

Booking & Cancellation Policy

ActiveLife members can book classes up to 14 days in advance, registered users can book up to 7 days in advance.

We operate a 6-hour cancellation policy. If you do not notify us of a cancellation, at least 6 hours in advance, then you will be charged the full Pay “n” Play fee at your next visit.

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