The Lighthouse Visitor Centre is now open under new new ownership with Louise and Neil Patterson who bring with them a wealth of culinary skills, Louise being a professional chef for many years, trained by Pru Leith.

A wonderful experience awaits to taste many of the best of what North Ronaldsay and Orkney can offer.

Together with the Lighthouse Cafe and Bakery there are Interpretation Centres on both North Ronaldsay’s historical and current island life, and its Lighthouse history. There is also a gift shop which stocks many of the crafts produced in North Ronaldsay and products related to the island..

The Lighthouse Visitor Centre also operates local bike hire, offering a pleasant way of exploring the island. The area around the lighthouse and Lighthouse Visitor Centre is one of the great places you are likely to see the famous North Ronaldsay seaweed-eating sheep.

All of the above sits at the base of the UK's tallest land based lighthouse which was built in 1852 by Alan Stevenson. Standing at a height of 42mtrs/139ft, this is the tallest land based lighthouse in the UK. Its light is aided by a Fresnel lens that enables the light to extend 24 nautical miles (28 miles), assisting and guiding shipping..

When tours begin again (COVID-19 is restricting tours at the moment), you are able to climb the 176 steps to view the 360 degree sea views from Orkney to Shetland and all in-between.

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 3rd lighthouse built in Scotland, after Kinnaird Head and Mull of Kintyre. Having been first lit on 10th October 1789.

Also around the Lighthouse and Lighthouse Visitor Centre 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, all of which can be purchased from the gift shop at the visitor centre.

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.

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