Eday lies at the heart of Orkney's outer isles. It has a rich archaeological heritage, offers dramatic cliff walks and is a great place to catch sight of the seals.
The island is also at the forefront of Orkney's renewable energy industry and the focus for an innovative Surf ‘n’ Turf project. This sees surplus power from the European Marine Energy Centre’s Fall of Warness tidal test site, and a local community run wind turbine, being converted into hydrogen gas on the island, before transportation to Kirkwall where it is being used to provide electricity for local ferries.
Eday is a tiny isle, just eight miles long and home to 150 proud islanders who are vastly outnumbered by the resident wildlife population. Eday is a great place to get back in touch with nature with upland moors, grasslands, freshwater lochs and a stunning coastline attracting a wide variety of animals and birds throughout the year. Head to Mill Loch for some serious bird watching.
If finding out more about Orkney's history and heritage is your thing, then in Eday you will uncover some fascinating insights to the life of its ancestors. The Eday Heritage Walk takes visitors on a journey through time, with remains from the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age, Pictish and Norse periods, including the Vinquoy chambered tomb and the Stone of Setter. At 15-feet, it is Orkney's tallest standing stone.
Another taste of the island's past can be experienced at the Red House Croft Restoration Project where a threshing mill, grain drying kilns and a forge can be viewed. Over at the Heritage Centre the Eday Oral History Project recordings provide an interesting commentary on island life.
Travel to and from Eday is easy. There's a daily ferry service, weekly flights on each Wednesday and an inter-isles ferry during the summer. Accommodation and car and bike hire are available.