Eday is one of the more remote North Isles in the Orkney Islands archipelago, located off the north coast of Scotland. More than a few days is needed to really explore what this idyllic island has to offer.
Choose from several stunning, secluded beaches across the island depending on what you fancy: shallow warm water and sandy beaches ideal for toddlers, many great spots for rock pooling, mile-long stretches to tire your dogs out and some beautiful sheltered spots to BBQ as the sun goes down. You can also explore some spooky caves when the tide is out.
The Heritage Trail
Enjoy a picnic at the settler stone, climb inside the Vinquoy Chambered Tomb and dangle your legs over the "The Red Head" cliffs. The heritage trail starts near the Eday community shop and rises through the heather-clad and peaty hillside to the very top of the Red Head cliffs before passing Carrick House, before heading back via the shop. You should allow 3 or 4 hours for this stunning 10km walk.
Bird watchers heaven
If you are a budding bird watcher you will adore Eday, where many rare species fly about in abundance – hen harriers, kestrels, red throated divers, puffins, merlins, owls, peregrines and buzzards. A snowy owl made Eday its home in 2017.
Explore the Submarine (yes, a submarine) at Mike’s house
Come and take a walk inside submarine HMS Otter with ex-Navy radar technician Mike Islett. Ask for Mike at the Eday Community Shop.
Visit Eday Heritage & Visitor Centre
Gain an insight into the island’s history here as well as more recent developments such as the cutting edge research and testing of renewable energy tidal devices at the EMEC site on Eday. The centre is run by volunteers and is open daily during the summer months.
Afternoon tea at the Peedie Café and Bakehouse
Enjoy some tasty home bakes and a cup of coffee, or a soup and panini at this quaint café – open at the Heritage Centre during the summer months.
Carrick House is located on the east coast of Eday. It is open to visitors in summer. Built by the Laird of Eday in 1633, it was extended in the original style by successive owners, but is best known for its associations with the pirate John Gow - on whom Sir Walter Scott's novel The Pirate is based - whose ship The Revenge ran aground on the Calf of Eday in 1725. He asked for help from the local laird, but was taken prisoner in Carrick House, before eventually being sent off to London where he was tortured and executed.
Explore the Calf of Eday
Take a boat trip to the uninhabited island to the north of Eday and be alone with the world, sheep and seals here, not to mention some fantastic archeological sites, such as an old salt works and well preserved chambered tombs.