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North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory
North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory



The observatory provides a variety of comfortable accommodation, including guest house, hostel and camping area, and a shop with groceries and other goods for visitors to the island.

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Visitors can buy a variety of groceries, other supplies and gifts at the observatory. More about the NRBO Shop. Camping space is available near the observatory, with use of the hostel kitchen and washing facilities. All meals can be provided if required in the ObsCafe Restaurant & Bar.

The Island

NRBO was established in 1987 to study and record the migrant birds that pass through Orkney’s most northerly island each year. The number and variety of birds that arrive here on migration in Spring and Autumn can be spectacular, and North Ronaldsay is well-known as one of the best birdwatching sites in the country. More about the island. North Ronaldsay sheep are a rare breed, which live almost the whole year on the beach, eating seaweed.

There is an annual sheep festival which you can read more about here at .


North Ronaldsay is justly famous for the rare birds which turn up there. It is one of the best places in Britain for birding. More about the birds. Seals are abundant on and around the island, and from time to time killer whales can be seen, as well as rarer marine mammals. Apart from wildlife, other attractions include a working woollen mill, one of Britain’s tallest lighthouses, golf course, museum, and occasional ceilidhs and traditional folk music sessions.

Friends of NRBO

Keep up to date with the latest news from North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory by becoming a Friend of NRBO.

Membership costs just £25 per annum.

Friends will receive

Bird Report

A copy of the very latest, annual North Ronaldsay Bird Report, including details of all our bird records, ringing report, rare bird articles and other activities during the year all printed in full colour.


Two newsletters each year, featuring bird sightings and the latest news and developments at the Observatory. A 10% discount on any accommodation at the Observatory.

Enrol here

To enrol (or re-enrol) as a friend, click on the link below to download a PDF of the membership form,
email or print it off and return to us with payment to
NRBO, Twingness, North Ronaldsay, Orkney, KW17 2BE

Use our Contact Form or call 01857 633200 for further details and we can send you a membership form.