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.
Stage 1 - The road section
Ample parking for this route is at the islands only shop. From the shop, head northwards up the spinal road of the island. Keep walking for just under a mile. The Redhead cliff and Carrick house will be viable on your left, and the Calf of Eday in front.
Keep your eyes open for the milestones on the verge to your right hand side.
Just under a mile up the road, there will be a footpath (less of a path, more of a mud track) to your right. The turn for the path is opposite a road leading from Carrick house. The track is marked as a footway to "St Stephens Gate."
Stage 2 - The footpath
The path leads behind a couple of residential properties and a cattle farm. Cows are often kept in this area during the summer months. If cows are not your thing, you could make a detour by continuing along the road, until it runs out and joining the footpath from here.
After passing through the third metal gate at the peak of a slight incline, you will need to pass over a private road that leads to a house. Continue on your bearing over the road and aim for the metal gate up ahead.
Stage 3 - Towards St Stephens Gate
Head through the open fields, keeping the sea to your left. You'll soon be heading for the cliffs, some of which are fenced off as they are being undercut by the strong tides. Please observe the warning notices to this effect. These cliffs are home to many varieties of sea birds, and are quite an amazing site. On a calm day, you can often hear the seal colony howling over on the Calf of Eday.
Stage 4 - Heading Inland
Atop of St Stephens gate you will need to negotiate a style, and then continue along the headland for a wee little. After about a mile, you will see a couple of derelict buildings to your right and upwards. Make a beeline for these and head inland.
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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