North Ronaldsay Airport is an airport on the island of North Ronaldsay, 52 km northeast by north of Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland. The airport, operated by the Orkney Islands Council, has a CAA Ordinary Licence (Number P538) that allows it to handle flights for public transport of passengers. It also allows the public airport for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee. However, North Ronaldsay Aerodrome is not licensed for night use.
North Ronaldsay Airport resides at an elevation of 56ft/17m above mean sea level. It has three runways: runway 03/21, measuring 1,082 ft x 159 ft (330 m x 48 m) with Graded hardcore surface; runway 10/28 measuring 1,729 ft x 59 ft (527 m x 18 m), also with Graded hardcore surface; and runway 14/32, measuring 1,240 ft x 98 ft (378 m x 30 m) with grass surface. None of the runways are lighted.
North Ronaldsay is the northernmost of the Orkney Islands, an archipelago off the northern coast of Scotland. It is best known for its migratory bird life, unusual breed of sheep, and historic lighthouse.
What to see & do
Dennis Head Old Beacon - Old Beacon, located on Dennis Head in the northeast of the island, is the lighthouse that North Ronaldsay is arguably known most for. Completed in 1789, the 70-foot (21 m) tower is the third oldest lighthouse in Scotland. It was the first lighthouse in Orkney; though it had been ruined over the years, the Old Beacon was restored in 2006 by the BBC television series Restoration Village.
North Ronaldsay Lighthouse - Nearby is the North Ronaldsay Lighthouse, built in 1854. It measures 139 ft in height and notably the tallest land-based lighthouse in the British Isles.
North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory - Established in 1987, the North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory was created for the purpose of studying and recording the migrant birds that pass through North Ronaldsay each year. It is known as one of the best birdwatching sites in Scotland during the spring and autumn migration periods. In fact, North Ronaldsay was one of the habitats of the great auk, a goose-sized North Atlantic flightless bird that became extinct in 1844. The observatory welcomes guests, offering a variety of accommodation for anyone who visits.
How to get around within Orkney
It is possible to take a private car on a ferry within Orkney, and use it as the primary mode of transportation. Public transportation is also available, with numerous taxi service, hired coaches, or rented bicycles. Those who are disabled can inquire for disabled transport, wheelchairs, and shop mobility scooters from the Orkney Disability Forum.
How to get there
North Ronaldsay Airport handles flights to and from North Ronaldsay Island, with connections to Eday Airport on Eday, Kirkwall Airport in Kirkwall, and Papa Westray Airport on Papa Westray. Loganair handles the scheduled air passenger service to the island on a daily basis. The other way to get to North Ronaldsay is by sea, either by taking a scheduled ferry from Kirkwall on Tuesdays or Fridays or small charter boats.
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