Interesting Info
North Ronaldsay sheep are one of the few remaining examples of community agriculture in the UK. Their management is controlled by the Sheep Court, elected every three years.
Useful Advice
The best way to visit North Ronaldsay is to fly. For a special discount fare, stay overnight!
Essential sites to visit
Broch of Burrian
The New Lighthouse
Old Beacon
Sheep Dyke
Standing Stone with hole, at Holland
Dennishead Old Beacon

Sheep dyke and sealsOrkney's furthest isle supports less than 100 and is a low lying island (it's highest point is only 20m!), surrounded by a dyke, which separates the land from the sea. This keeps the North Ronaldsay sheep on the beach where they consume seaweed - as a result North Ronaldsay lamb is a delicacy!

An ideal island for seal and bird watching, North Ronaldsay is a common stop for birds migrating to Scandinavia. It's new lighthouse is the tallest in Britain, and it's older lighthouse is to become a museum. North Ronaldsay has a long history of shipwrecks.

Broch of BurrianThe Broch of Burrian in the south of the island is where the burrian symbol (often seen in Orkney jewellery) was found and is worth a look. Here, the Orkney Norn language survived the longest, and many of the old words can still be heard on North Ronaldsay.

The ferry only visits North Ronaldsay once a week (though there are special day trips in the summer.) If you visit by air, stay overnight to pay the lowest possible fare - around about £13!

George Mackay Brown
Here in Rinansay
Sheep and Ocean are one.
Ovine pulses beat
To the ebb and flow and slack.
They graze on wave and ocean plants.
Their flesh tastes of sea cabbage.

George Mackay Brown, Orkney Pictures and Poems

North Ronaldsay sheep photo © Fraser Dixon, Old Beacon photo © Fraser Dixon, North Ronaldsay seals photo © Fraser Dixon, Broch of Burrian photo © Fraser Dixon. All text © Magnus Dixon. GMB extract © The Estate of George Mackay Brown.

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