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 (cafe currently not open) 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.

Preserving North Ronaldsay's unique sheep

Preserving North Ronaldsay’s unique sheep

Promoting a sustainable community respecting heritage and embracing change

Promoting a sustainable community respecting heritage and embracing change

Providing visitors with an extraordinary experience

Providing visitors with an extraordinary experience


Lighthousekeepers’ Cottages

Situated on the remote and beautiful northern shore of North Ronaldsay, the former Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages offer visitors a year-round, high-end, self-catering accommodation.

The Kirks Project

Over the past 200 years, the Old and New Kirks have served an important role in the history and culture of North Ronaldsay. The Kirks Project will uphold this tradition when both buildings become locations where a wide array of activities can take place.

The Old Beacon Project

One of the jewels among Orcadian architectural treasures, the Old Beacon stands as a symbol of the island of North Ronaldsay. The North Ronaldsay Trust is currently developing a project plan to make this unique, historic site an extraordinary tourist attraction.



The NR Sheep Festival

The North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival is a working holiday like no other: the opportunity to discover a new skill or further an existing ability while helping to conserve and preserve a piece of living history.