© 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 and entertainment include tours of North Ronaldsay's iconic lighthouse and wool mill, pop-up art exhibition, Film night, spinning & felting workshops, live music at the Bird Observatory, talks from visiting experts, ukulele workshop, treasure hunt, bike hire to explore and visit the island's beaches, bird watching & ringing, and two Island Dances!

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!


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 of events  2017