Eday | Colin Nutt

About

The ‘Forgotten Isle', Eday is one of the most sparsely populated islands in Orkney and one of its best kept secrets. It is home to rare and charismatic wildlife and dramatic peat uplands, which provide some beautiful walks. Visit the heritage centre for a deep dive into the fascinating history of Eday, discover Orkney's tallest standing stone, or take a walk for spectacular views across to the surrounding islands.

Famous For

  • The Setter Stone, Eday's 4.5m monolith, is the tallest lone standing stone in Orkney.

  • The infamous Orkney pirate, John Gow, washed up on the island and was imprisoned at Carrick House.

  • Eday provides the base for a test site for The European Marine Energy Centre's innovative tidal and wave energy converters – some of which you can see off the Falls of Warness.

Ask an Islander

  • The island's Heritage Walk takes you past some of Eday’s best archaeological sites and encompasses some spectacular views.

  • Dedicated local submarine enthusiast, Mike Illet, painstakingly reconstructed the O-Class submarine at The Old Schoolroom.

  • Keep your eyes to the skies and the seas to watch for our resident snowy owl and occasional passing orca.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Explore Orkney - Eday accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about Eday at the links below

Explore Orkney

Islands of Orkney

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


Regular ferries connecting Eday with Kirkwall on Mainland Orkney, as well as the islands of Sanday and Stronsay, are run by Orkney Ferries.

Loganair operates scheduled flights from Kirkwall to Eday. Flights go via other islands.

Find out more about getting to Mainland Orkney.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.