Working for the future of North Ronaldsay
It is often said of the Island of North Ronaldsay that the visitor can be nearer to the Orkney of old than anywhere else... or that it is the Island that time forgot. Indeed, North Ronaldsay's landmark sites, such as the Old Beacon, the New lighthouse, the history of shipwrecks, the Norse traditions, the Broch of Burrian, and the megalithic Standing Stone, the unique seaweed-eating sheep, the thirteen-mile stone dyke, the Pictish and Viking, heritage, and the unique dialect do reinforce the idea that this is a place like no other.
The North Ronaldsay Trust (NRT) aims to preserve the built and natural heritage of the island for the benefit of the community and the public at large. These include structures such as the Old Beacon, the two Kirks, the unique stonewall dyke, the seaweed-eating North Ronaldsay sheep, the flora and fauna, the geological and archaeological features, and the Island's natural beauty. The Trust also promotes industry and commerce through projects such as the self-catering Cottages and Cafe at the New Lighthouse. Other activities of the NRT include housing, the relief of poverty, help for the aged, handicapped and infirm, and the advancement of education through creative applications of technology for distance learning.