More People, More Active, More Often

ActiveLife is Orkney’s exciting leisure scheme offering unlimited access to The Pickaquoy Centre and 11 Council-owned fitness facilities across the county. 

ActiveLife is now a partner of LeisureLink, giving members free access to leisure facilities in five other areas across Scotland.  

Active Life and Leisure Link logo

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

  • Swimming
  • Use of health suites – sauna, steam room and spa pool
  • Group exercise classes - over 70 classes a week with something for everyone
  • 50+ club activities
  • Use of all gym, weights and exercise equipment across the facilities – including free initial inductions
  • Racket sports - squash, badminton, short tennis, table tennis
  • ‘Jungle World’ soft play
  • Kids Inflatables sessions
  • Athletics track
  • Climbing Wall
  • Bouldering Cave
  • Priority Booking to events held at The Pickaquoy Centre
  • LeisureLink Partnership scheme



  • ActiveLife Individual: £22.50 per month.
  • ActiveLife Family: £32.50 per month
  • ActiveIslands Individual: £12.50
  • ActiveIslands Family: £17.50
  • Budget - 50p per person per activity

ActiveLife is a joint membership between The Pickaquoy Centre Trust and Orkney Islands Council, and is Orkney's great value leisure scheme offering access to a host of facilities, activities and fitness classes available at:

  • 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 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.

Budget Memberships

Budget memberships are available at a cost of 50p per activity inlcuding Learn2Swim blocks. Terms and conditions apply.

How do I apply?

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


Frequently asked questions

What’s not included under an ActiveLife membership?

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

Is there a limit on the family membership?

A family membership includes two adults living at the same address and any number of children under 18.

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.

What is the Leisure Link partnership?

Leisure Link Partnership allows members of fitness schemes in Highland, Moray, Orkney, The Western Isles, Live Borders and Argyll and Bute to access gym, public swimming and fitness classes at leisure facilities across all of these regions at no extra cost. Many of the individual Leisure Link Partnership sites will also offer access to other public sessions where cardholders can take part in other activities such as running and indoor climbing. The Leisure Link Partnership means that when working away from home or on holiday, members from participating areas can, at no extra cost, use the local facilities as part of their existing home based membership. Visit the LeisureLink website for full details.


Other information...

The Gym


Group X Timetable

Soft Play