North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory & Guest House   

Book now for 2015

We are taking bookings for this year with guest house, hostel and camping accommodation all available. Visit NRBO to witness the fantastic spring migration while nesting Sea-birds and Waders are settling down to breed from April to June. Or you can join in with Storm Petrel ringing sessions which take place on calm, cloudy nights in July and August as return passage begins. The autumn can be the most exciting time of the year when anything can happen and great 'falls' of landbirds can occur. The Island has an impressive reputation for rarities with Myrtle Warbler (below) and Scops Owl arriving last spring and Eye-browed Thrush and Black-billed Cuckoo just 2 of a long list of highlights from last autumn! Book your place now for Northern Isles birding at its very best.

2013 Bird Report

The latest, North Ronaldsay Bird Report for 2013 is now available. Click the image below for more details.

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. The observatory also provides a variety of comfortable accommodation, including guest house, hostel and camping area, for visitors to the island.

See booking information and 2015 rates here.

Support North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory and our latest projects by becoming a 'Friend of NRBO'.You'll receive the latest bird report and accommodation discounts so click on the link on the right of the page or download a membership form here.

North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory, Twingness, North Ronaldsay, Orkney, KW17 2BE,

Tel: 01857 633200


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About North Ronaldsay

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The North Ronaldsay Birding Year

Rarities on North Ronaldsay

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