View of the Stone of Setter looking on to the Red Head of Eday, in the Orkney Islands

Eday, Orkney

calfsound-orkneyA result of its central position, as one of Orkney’s North Isles, is that a walk on Eday’s heathery moorland (there is less farmland here than on other isles) is extremely rewarding.

Stunning views of Eday and the surrounding isles, can be seen everywhere you go.

Sites worth a visit include:

  1. calfsound-eday-orkneyThe Stone of Setter – a single gigantic (4.5m) standing stone that resembles a giant hand. The Stone of Setter is covered with lichen and is situated in an atmospheric desolate location.
  2. Carrick House – where Pirate Gow (its owner) was captured in the 18th Century – a stain on the wooden floor is said to be his blood. Opposite Carrick House is the calf of Eday – a small uninhabited island.
  3. Vinquoy Chambered Cairn – a Maeshowe type cairn, over 3m high inside, which overlooks Calf sound.
  4. redhead-orkneyMill loch hide – a superb spot to see red throated divers, and other waterfowl.
  5.  The Red Head – a dramatic sea cliff at the north of the island. Some of the red sandstone of St Magnus Cathedral was quarried from here.

Top tips

  • Eday is a superb island for walkers – follow the Eday Heritage Walk to take in all the sights in the North of the island and the Warness Walk to see all the sights of the south. Both are well signposted.
  • An excellent photo opportunity will present itself when you visit the Eday’s airfield – which is named and signposted London Airport.
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