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The North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival

- conservation through restoration


The North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival is a volunteer-led, conservation fortnight that takes place on the Island of North Ronaldsay in Orkney, Scotland with the aim of re-building and repairing the Island's drystone Sheep Dyke, protecting its flock of native seaweed-eating sheep, and celebrating the island's distinct culture and tradition through music, art and education. 


1st -12th August 2022

SheepFest'22 will take place during the fortnight of 1st -12th August 2022.

The festival consists of two SheepDyke rebuilding sessions per day (3hrs each session, excluding weekends), with a two hour lunch break for you to enjoy the island.

Workshops, talks and events will take place during lunch and evenings. 

For more inforamtion of what to bring, where to stay and how to get here visit out FAQ page.

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About Us


The fortnight's Summer programme includes:

  • Two daily 3-hour sessions (with instruction and supervision) of Grade A-listed drystone SheepDyke repair

  • Tour of the Island's Wool Mill

  • Workshops including felting and weaving using native wool spun on the island

  • Two Island Dances with traditional live music from celebrated local musicians

  • Visitors vs Islanders football match

  • Our annual Island Quiz - and much more!

(*all activities subject to Covid-19 regulations and subject to change)




NEW FOR SHEEPFEST '22 - our Volunteer Reward Cards! 

Collect stamps for every session you attend and swap your card for a Reward Pack containing vouchers and other SheepFest goodies.

It's our way of saying  thankyou

Pick up your SheepFest Welcome Pack and Reward Card from

the SheepFest Committee

Get in touch

Got questions? We have answers! Get in touch below:

We'll get back to you shortly!

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You don't need to sign up to take part in SheepFest, just come along and take part -

we'd be delighted to see you! 

All skill levels are welcome, although we do not recommend that those under the age of 12 lift any heavy stones.

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