The Island


North Ronaldsay lies at the northeastern extremity of Orkney, with open sea beyond toward Shetland and Norway. The distance from mainland Orkney and the treacherous water of the North Ronaldsay Firth combined have isolated the island historically to give a special remoteness within the island group and a distinct cultural tradition.
Though the island has become much more accessible since the introduction of a regular and reliable air service, it retains its unique flavour and feeling of remoteness, with an unhurried pace of life and many beautiful and fascinating features for the visitor to discover.
One of the notable facets of the island is the birds that can be seen, and many visitors come particularly during the Spring and Autumn migration periods. The island is well-known as one of the best bird watching sites in the country at these times. The quantity and variety of birds can be spectacular!
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