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Standing at an impressive 4.5m (15ft) high, the tallest single standing stone in Orkney commands breath-taking views over natural scenery, such as the grand Red Head Mill, the Calf of Eday and the haven for rare birds that is Mill Loch.
Thought to be a ritualistic stone due to the placement of various chambered cairns in the vicinity, the true nature of the megalithic stone remains a mystery, but what is known about this 4,000 year old monument is that it is steeped in local lore and mythology.
This is a circular loop of about 6.5 miles. The terrain is varied, encompassing some road, some peat moorland and some very faint footpaths. The walk highlights many of the wonderous features of Eday. If you are only on the island for a short time and want to see the best of Eday, this is the walk you want to do! You can extend the walk by incorporating the St. Stephens Gate walk and / or the Mill Bay Walk.
A 3 mile walk that incorporates many wonderful sea structures, in particular St Stephens Gate sea stack on the North side of Eday. The walk covers the North east quarter of Eday and boasts fantastic views over the Calf of Eday.
Unless you are fortunate enough to have a boat or are able to borrow a boat from a local, this walk will probably stay on your wish list. Luckily, some Eday locals do offer to take visitors to the Calf of Eday for day trips during the summer months and will pick you up in the evening. The local shop is a good place to inquire about trips.
A local's view
My husband James and I moved to a remote island of Eday in Orkney Islands back in December 2016 and we've been living at the North end of this beautiful island ever since. This blog is all about my view of life on this remote island and some information that we at Happy Homestead get frequently asked for. If there is anything I didn't cover yet, be sure to contact me.
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