North Ronalday's iconic lighthouse is the tallest land-based lighthouse in the UK.

It was built in 1852 by Alan Stevenson and stands at a height of 42 metres. Its light is aided by a Fresnel lens that enables the light to extend 24 nautical miles (28 miles), assisting and guiding shipping.

This lighthouse a beautiful old red brick building has stood strong against all kinds of weathers, much like its predecessor, the Old Beacon, which is located nearby. The Old Beacon was the third lighthouse built in Scotland, after Kinnaird Head and Mull of Kintyre, having been first lit on 10th October 1789.

The area surrounding the lighthouse is well worth exploring, with old structures linked the island's farming heritage and a bird hide for spotting many of the migratory birds seen here. The local North Ronaldsay sheep are fairly tame at this end of the island too. If you're staying overnight then don't miss a visit to the lighthouse when the light is in action too!

Tours of the lighthouse are available where you can climb the 176 steps to view the 360 degree sea views from Orkney to Shetland and all in-between. Contact Billy Muir on 07917 175 004 to book.

The North Ronaldsay Lighthouse Cafe is also open, offering delicious light bites, snacks, refreshments and homebakes. Pop in Wednesday - Sunday between 11.30am and 5pm. Lunch is served between 12pm and 2pm.

Also around the Lighthouse are the two self-catering Assistant Lighthouse Keepers Cottages, as well as the Wool Mill. The Mill is busy processing the local fleeces into yarn and felt.

The chance to go island hopping is one of the great things about a visit to North Ronaldsay. If arriving by plane the flight will allow you to experience some stunning locations of the northern isles of Orkney. Don’t delay - contact Loganair on 01856 873 457 or 01856 872 494 or email There is also a weekly ferry service - contact Orkney Ferries on 01856 872 044 for more information.