© The North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival 2019

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In association with

The Orkney Sheep Foundation


The North Ronaldsay Trust

Under the expert eyes of the island's community, you can help rebuild the historic sheepdyke where storms have knocked it down. 

A true working holiday - many hands make light work and building will consist of two sessions a day, with a chance to relax at lunch and enjoy North Ronaldsay's wild and unique beauty. 

Activities available throughout your stay include a tour of North Ronaldsay's iconic lighthouse, post-punding BBQ, pop-up exhibition, Film night, live music at the Bird Observatory, Pub Quiz, the chance to hire bikes, explore and visit the island's beaches, bird watching & ringing, and an Island Dance!

An island experience like no other - punding takes place according to the tides, at around mid-morning.

Sheep are herded by foot (and JCB!) from the beach into stone 'pund' enclosures to be clipped. It's a game of cat and mouse to keep on your toes!

(No previous shearing experience necessary.)


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. 

schedule 2016

schedule for 2017