Welcome! - a quick update


The dates for the 2021 Sheep Festival are 26th July to 6th August

This year we will be holding a 'hybrid' festival - both in-person on the island of North Ronaldsay, and online via our website.


In the event that Government guidelines regarding Covid-19 prevent us from hosting the festival in North Ronaldsay, you will still be able to access talks, workshops and digital SheepFest content, so you can enjoy the Sheep Festival wherever you are. 

Any updates will be posted here, on our social media channels and via our newsletter.

About the Sheep Festival


The North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival is a volunteer-led, conservation fortnight that takes place every Summer 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 its distinct culture and tradition through music, art and education. 

The fortnight's programme includes:

  • Two daily 3-hour sessions (with instruction and supervision) of

Grade A-listed drystone Sheep Dyke repair

  • Tours of the Island Wool Mill and LightHouse

  • Workshops including felting and knitting

  • Island Dances with live, traditional music from local musicians

  • Visitors vs Islanders football match

  • - and much more!


© The North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival 2020-21

In association with The Orkney Sheep Foundation


And supported by The North Ronaldsay Trust

The North Ronaldsay Community Association

The Sheep Festival Committee