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 

© The North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival 2019

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In association with

The Orkney Sheep Foundation


The North Ronaldsay Trust