Carrick House - Standing on the shore, with superb
views over Calf Sound, the house was built in the early 17th century.
It became famous as the penultimate scene of a latter day pirate drama
in 1725, when ‘Pirate Gow’ was captured by the owner of
Carrick, James Fea, and surrendered to the authorities.
Cliffs of the Red Head - Red sandstone cliffs with
panoramic views of the North Isles and Fair Isle. Puffins, Razorbills,
Kittiwakes and Shags can be seen nesting here.
Prehistoric House and Ancient Field Boundaries - Some
of the best preserved field boundaries in Orkney sweeping round a large
unexcavated prehistoric house containing a saddle-quern, a stone for
Watermill - Home-built water wheel used to drive
a small croft mill.
Vinquoy Hill Chambered Cairn - This restored tomb
consists of a central chamber with four small compartments.
Huntersquoy Chambered Tomb - This tomb has two
chambers one above the other, reached by separate passages. The upper
chamber is largely gone but the lower chamber is still intact, but
is normally full of water. The only other example similar to this cairn
is Taversoe Tuick on Rousay.
Braeside Chambered Tomb - The roof of this tomb
has been removed and its centre dug out but the internal layout can
be made out
Fold of Setter - A Bronze Age enclosure, possibly
used for livestock.
Stone of Setter - Probably the finest prehistoric
single standing stone in Orkney, still covered in a selection of lichens.
The tallest monolith in Orkney at over 15 feet high and is sited between
the Bay of Calf Sound and Mill Loch. It resembles a giant hand but
local lore has it, that it was put there by the local laird.
Mill Loch - This loch supports numerous pairs of
Red-Throated Divers, one of the densest concentrations of this species
in the British Isles. Please use bird hide provided.
Estate Mill - Once used to grind corn for the island.
Chambered Tombs - Two well-preserved chambered
tombs. Most interesting visible aspects are the horns or spur-walls
which extend out from the corners.
Mussetter & Doomy Sands - Behind the dunes,
you can find Birds Foot Trefoil. An excellent beach.
Burnt Mounds - Two large hillocks of burnt stones
- possibly an ancient cooking station dating from the Bronze Age (1500-500
BC). These burnt mounds indicate a considerable population at that
Whitemaw and Flaughton Hill - This area is a sub-mountain
heath supporting Orkney's only regular breeding Whimbrel.
Castle of Stackel Brae - A small Norse castle dating
from the 12th or 13th centuries which may well be concealing a multiperiod
settlement site. All that can be seen on the surface is a large green
Muckle Green Holm - Also know in Norse as the island
of Hellisey where Viking Sweyn Asleifsson hid in a cave to escape his
pursuers, is best known for the large number of Grey Seals which pup
here in autumn.
Faray - This small island between Eday and Westray
was last inhabited in 1946. In common with other small uninhabited
islands, there is a great feeling of space and peace. Faray has an
interesting coast with geos, caves and a sandy beach at the south
Grey Head & Calf of Eday - The Calf of Eday
supports 32 species of breeding birds.
Saltworks - The ruins of 17th century saltworks
is one of the best surviving examples in the UK. These works are thought
to have begun operating in the 1630s and this is an interesting early
attempt at industrialisation of an ancient process.
Stalled Cairn - A long cairn containing two chambers
of different periods.
Iron Age Houses - The main house was a large roundhouse
with radial internal divisions and dates from the Early Iron Age. the
last few centuries BC.
Chambered Tombs - Two chambered tombs of the Bookan
type, the first built into the hillside. The second is complete except
for the hole in the roof through which it was entered in 1855.
Cormorant Colony - An important Cormorant colony
with over 100 nests.
Blett Studio - Hand spun yarn, knitwear and gift
London Airport -Situated near the Bay of London,
this airport isn’t quite so busy as Heathrow or Gatwick!
Sui Generis - Fine furniture designer and maker.
Information Board -Ferry departs from here, also
pier car park