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In association with

The Orkney Sheep Foundation


The North Ronaldsay Trust


North Ronaldsay boasts a wide range of accommodation to suit all holidays and budgets - from camping beside the sea to staying in the original Lighthouse Keeper’s cottages.


Bird Observatory  


Established in 1987 to study and record the migrant birds that pass through Orkney's most northerly island each year, the NRBO also has a variety of accommodation available, as well as a fully-licenced bar, on-site shop for all your grocery needs. Half-board accommodation is available and lunches can be ordered through the observatory. 


Bird Observatory Guest House

The guest house offers four double rooms, two twin rooms and a single, all of which are en-suite with tea & coffee making facilities. 

One of the twin rooms is situated on the ground floor and adapted for use for disabled visitors with those with limited mobility. Families are welcome and cots or additional sofa-beds can be set up.


Bird Observatory Hostel

A 4-star, self-contained hostel with 10 bunk spaces (mixed or single sex), self-catering kitchen and two washrooms. Available rooms include a single 2-bed dormitory and two 4-bed dormitories, one of which is en-suite. Meals in the guest house can also be booked.

The hostel has been allocated to the volunteers who receive a subsidized place, however, there may be room available to non-subsidized volunteers.



Camping ground near the observatory overlooking the North Sea, with use of hostel kitchen and washing facilities. 


Contact: Alison at:


01857 633200






Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottages


Designated a 3-star Visitor Attraction by the Scottish Tourist Board, the Lighthouse Keeper’s self-catering cottages are the result of a 10 year restoration project, offering visitors the chance to stay in a unique, traditional setting but with luxurious, modern day comforts. 


There are two cottages - each sleeping 4 with one double and one twin room each. Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and cooker. Bathroom, shower and shared laundry. 

Enjoy a tour of the Lighthouse and learn more about maritime history and North Ronaldsay’s shipwrecks, visit the Gift Shop, explore the Island and finish the day in front of an open fire.

Groceries (including famous North Ronaldsay mutton) can be delivered to your fridge for your arrival.


Contact Billy at:

01857 633257





Nouster Crofthouse 


A quiet, carefully restored Victorian building situated towards the Southern tip of the island, the house overlooks sandy Nouster beach and is a stone’s throw from the pier, where you can watch friendly seals and native sheep grazing on seaweed.

Two bedrooms, sleeping 4-5, and there is also a sofa bed downstairs. Bathroom and fully equipped kitchen.


Contact June at:

Howar.cottage@hotmail.co.uk  (it is best to email June)







A self-catering cottage with a central location on the island.
"Verracott is a stone-built croft house sensitively renovated, retaining the original character and feel.  Verracott has traditional features such as a flagstone roof, box bed and kiln; as well as a modern, spacious kitchen and bathroom. Fantastic location with stunning sea views from every window. Wood burning stoves and resident hens. Original Orkney artwork throughout the house. An ideal place to relax and unwind after a day exploring this fascinating and beautiful island."


Contact Helga via Airbnb below.

'Verracott - island bolt hole'.


Other island accommodation

There are more holiday houses listed on www.northronaldsay.co.uk/accomodation.html


Would you like us to include your property, or change its description? Let us know via the contact page.