North Ronaldsay circuit

North Ronaldsay is the most northerly - and remote - of the Orkney islands. It is almost completely enclosed by a stone wall that keeps the ancient Ronaldsay sheep on the rocky shore; for the most part this unique walk heads round the shore outside the wall. The going can be tiresome in places, but there are fine sandy stretches too, and the island has a flavour all its own.


Mostly shoreline walking; some sandy and grassy stretches but also awkward, slow going on tidal rocks and boulders at times.

Public Transport

There is a ferry service to a pier at the southern end of the island, but it is much more convenient to reach North Ronaldsay using the scheduled air service from Kirkwall. There is a discount on the fare if you wish to stay overnight on the island.


North Ronaldsay airport. Map and directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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