A BIT ABOUT EDAY
EDAY - roughly 9 miles long by 3 miles wide, pinched in the middle creating an isthmus.
The population is approximately 150 with a large proportion being ‘incomers’. The island’s main economy is agriculture - beef and sheep although renewable energy is becoming increasingly important. The southwest corner of the island is the site of the world’s first tidal energy test centre. Managed by EMEC (European Marine Energy Centre), the site takes advantage of the strong tidal currents to test tidal turbine prototypes for developers from across the world (see http://www.emec.org.uk for more information. There are photographs of some of the EMEC installations at http://www.allanwelshphotography.com).
Scottish Sea Farms has established a salmon farm near the pier producing high quality fish for customers such as Marks and Spencer. The fish farm provides emplyment for severl local residents and is planning to expand.
Eday may appear remote but there are daily ferries to and from Mainland Orkney, a community owned shop, a surgery, and the only London airport in the UK! Regular events are held at the Heritage and Visitor Centre.
Despite being so far north, we are lucky as the climate is influenced by the Gulf Stream. The weather can be atrocious at times, is often dramatic and very unpredictable! However, on sunny days in spring and summer the beauty of the place is stunning.
One of the main differences between the Orkney Islands and ‘south’ is the length of the days. In summer, it never really gets dark. However, in winter the days are noticeably shorter. But this is also the time to look out for the Aurora Borealis and with very little light pollution you can track satellites across the skies.
Eday offers a quieter, gentler way of life, where you can hear yourself think - which may or may not be a good thing!