North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory & Guest House   

Book now for 2016

After another fantastic year we're looking forward to the new season and taking bookings for 2016 now. A range of accommodation options are available from half board in the guest house to the hostel and camping. The winter doesn't last for long and spring migrants, breeding waders and seabirds will be returning to this magical island soon. North Ronaldsay also has a fantastic reputation for producing the rare and unusual. Highlights from the last 12 months have included Northern Harrier (8th UK record), Veery (11th UK record), Booted, Blyth's Reed and 3 Greenish Warblers, Pechora Pipit, 2 Citrine Wagtails, Rustic Bunting, Bee-Eater, Woodchat Shrike, Great Shearwater, 2 White-rumped Sandpipers and an American Golden Plover to name but a few. A Humpback Whale even showed fantastically to a gathered crowd in October and there were numerous sightings of Orcas in 2015! Fancy a visit - then Book your place now for Northern Isles birding at its very best.

Humpback Whale and Veery - two of the stars of 2015.

2014 Bird Report

The latest, North Ronaldsay Bird Report for 2014 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 2016 rates here.

Job and volunteer vacancies for the 2016 season at NRBO are now listed. For full details click either the link above or on the right.

***Latest news*** The 2014 NRBO Bird report is now available to order. To find out how you can get your hands on a copy click here

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

Tel: 01857 633200


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More 2015 spring highlights, from top White-rumped Sandpiper, Long-tailed Skua, Rustic Bunting