North Ronaldsay, at just approximately 4 miles long and 2 miles wide, is flat and a perfect way to explore its beautiful scenery  is by foot or bike.  Enjoy the abundance of birds that flock to the island during migration seasons and learn about them at the world renowned North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory.  A rich marine life of seals, orcas, (anybody spot the fin in the home page picture?), and even walrus can be spotted around the island's shores too.

Walk up the winding 176 steeps, (or just count the 7 windows as you go up),  to the top of the lighthouse to take in the breath-taking views of the island south over Orkney's North Isles and north to Fair Isle, Foula, and Mainland Shetland.

Call at the Wool mill to see the local North Ronaldsay fleeces being processed into gorgeous yarn which is exported globally.

Read about the islands rich history through the ages in the island archives at the New Kirk - find out about, the many ship wrecks, fishing and commercial farming of the islands natives seaweed-eating flock, one of the last remaining examples of communal farming in Western Europe.

Call upon the standing stone or visit Burrian Broch on the southern tip of the island, where a number of pictish artefacts were found.

Relax, unwind, and enjoy!

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Bird Watching

North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory


Tel: 01857633200


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Lighthouse Tours

Climb the tallest land based lighthouse in the UK - 176 steps in total.

£7 per adult £3 per child under 16

£2 extra if combining with a wool mill tour

You have to be over 1mtr in height and you should not climb the stairs if you have a serious heart or breathing issues

Contact Billy Muir

Tel: 07703112224


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Wool Mill Tours

£7 per adult   £3 per child under 17

£2 extra if combining with a lighthouse tour



Mob: 07951 449136

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Island Archives

Archive photographs and records recording North Ronaldsay's rich history of agriculture, healthcare, education, fishing and more 

Call in the New Kirk, close to the airport, its the second building on the left, past the war memorial, heading north towards the lighthouse.

Open 24/7

The archive group would welcomes donations  to maintain building and records 

Many thanks

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Standing Stone

Also known as the 'Stan Stane'

In the south end of the island, (just up the road from the North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory, on the right in a middle of a field, there an access gate, and map),  there is one standing stone over 13 feet high and unlike most standing stones in Orkney it has a hole through its upper part. 

Some think the stone was an out marker for a stone circle which stood on Tor Ness

Available access 24/7 but be mindful of cattle grazing in he same field.

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Broch of Burrian

The Broch tower itself – excavated in the 1880s – is the centre piece of a very extensive Iron Age settlement which stood on the shore of Strom Ness . The settlement was evidently occupied into the Pictish period – to 800AD or later; among the relics were found several objects which were distinctively Christian.

The Burrian Cross found inscribed on a piece of flat stone has been adopted as a motif in contemporary Orkney jewellery. Many of these artefacts are now in the National Museum of Scotland

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