A walk at the South end of Eday, not far from the pier. By all accounts, the coastal part of this walk is a great place to look for the elusive groatie buckies and various washed up loot.
Parking can be found at Greentoft bay in a small lay-by, big enough to squeeze in two cars. With the sea to your left, head over a stile and follow the coastal path. The coastal path is boggy in places and not lavishly marked.
Seals often can be seen at lower tides basking upon the rocks. This section of the walk is fantastic for beach combing as the strong tides wash up copious amounts of sea debris.
Keep walking until you arrive at Dyke End Bay. Here, on the foreshore, you will be able to see a hollow metal box type object with a chain attached to onside. This is believed to be military debris from WW1 or WW2 and is corroding at a rather quick rate.
At this point, turn inland and head NE uphill towards a small concrete shed, and then towards a dilapidated sign showing the directions of the other islands in the Orkney Archipelago.
You will emerge at the top of Ward Hill, which is the highest point on Eday at a height of 101 meters. There is a trig point and a cairn to mark this.
Once you are at the trig point, continue heading NNE for approx half a mile, until you arrive at a track which leads down off of the moor, the track will lead to a road junction outside of the Roadside B&B. At the B&B, take a turn to the right and follow the road back to the bay of Greentoft and to your awaiting vehicle.
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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