The North Ronaldsay Sheep Festival is an annual two week event on the Island of North Ronaldsay. The focus of the festival is to carry out essential repair work to the North Ronaldsay Sheepdyke, a drystone wall central for sheep husbandry in the Island.
The North Ronaldsay Sheepdyke is thought to be the longest drystone wall in the world, measuring over 13 miles. Constructed by hand in 1832, the Sheepdyke is essential in the traditional day to day management of the native sheep, allowing a unique management system keeping the communal flock on the foreshore to graze on seaweed. The unique style of Dyking (wall-building) has been passed down through the generations but the skill is now at risk of being lost due to dramatic Island depopulation over recent years. The festival engages the island and the wider Orcadian community to retain this unique North Ronaldsay Dyking style for future generations.