Hostels in the Orkney Islands : Self catering hostel and bird observatory on North Ronaldsay


Observatory Hostel, NRBO, North Ronaldsay, Orkney Islands, KW17 2BE

The North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory is situated at the south west corner of the island with outstanding views and an adjacent shell sand beach. Seals and the unique seaweed-eating sheep are abundant along the coast which skirts the 34 acres of croft managed by the observatory. The observatory sees spectacular bird migration through the island in spring and autumn. It offers a special attraction for those interested in wildlife, but welcomes all visitors. The Observatory Hostel consists of three dormitories and a self-catering kitchen in a converted barn and byre of the croft. The Byre sleeps four in two bunks and has en suite washing, shower and toilet facilities, great for family use. The Barn also sleeps four and shares facilities with the Bøl which has a single bunk sleeping two. Adjacent is the Observatory Guest House (3 star) which has a lounge bar and meals which are available to hostellers. Camping and grocery shop on-site.

This accommodation is featured on our map of Orkney and Shetland and here is its own website.
Observatory Hostel | Hostels in the Orkney Islands :  Self catering hostel and bird observatory on North Ronaldsay

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01857 633200

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Rooms & Beds:

10: 2×4,1×2 + Guesthouse.


All year. All day. No curfews.

Price per night:

Hostel £18-£19, half board from £39.50. Guest house private rooms £56 – £73.50 half board.




Advance booking essential.


Situated at the south west corner of the island

Public Transport:

Loganair flights from Kirkwall (Orkney) leave daily. Ferry from Kirkwall on Fridays and between May-Sept also on Tuesdays (subject to tides and weather). Small boats may be chartered. Orkney can be reached by vehicle ferries from Aberdeen, Thurso (Scrabster) and Gill's Bay, and a passenger summer service from John O'Groats.

This accommodation is by the sea, is available to individuals, has a pub within walking distance and is on the Hostels with Camping map.

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