Eynhallow Church - Eynhallow

Eynhallow Church – Eynhallow

How do I get to Eynhallow? Loganair (part of the Flybe group) fly from Aberdeen, Barra, Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Islay, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Newquay, Norwich, Southampton, Stornoway and Sumburgh (Shetland). Most flights are via Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness. Or, you could travel by Northlink ferry from the ferry terminals in Aberdeen (to Kirkwall) and Scrabster (to Stromness). Alternatively, you could travel by Pentland Ferries on the Gill´s Bay to St Margaret´s Hope route. Finally, John O´ Groats passenger only ferries run from John O´Groats to South Ronaldsay. From May to September, there is a direct bus route from Inverness to John O´Groats that meets with the ferry – this is known as ´The Orkney Bus´. There are no public ferries to Eynhallow, however, you should be able to hire a private boat from Rousay to take you over to Eynhallow. Also, Orkney Heritage Society organise a trip each July.

 

How do I get around Eynhallow? On foot! There are no roads, just tracks leading around the island.

 

Eynhallow - Ruined 12th Century Church
Eynhallow - Ruined 12th Century Church
Eynhallow - from the Isle of Rousay
Eynhallow - from the Isle of Rousay

 

What’s worth visiting on Eynhallow? Eynhallow Church is a ruined 12th-century monastic church with post-medieval domestic buildings. It is thought that there could have been a monastery present on Eynhallow, prior to the church being built. This is because the name of the island suggests that a Celtic church may have been present, in early Norse times. Eynhallow has been uninhabited since the landowner cleared crofters away in 1851.

 

Where can I stay on Eynhallow? Although there is no accommodation on Eynhallow, there is on nearby Rousay. This includes the Taversoe (which also has an on-island courtesy Bus available to residential guests). Bed and Breakfast is available at Greenfield B & B and there is self-catering available at Trumland Farm and Faraclett Cottage. There is also a Hostel at Trumland Farm.

 

Any other information on Eynhallow? Up until 1997, the UK’s oldest bird, Flora (a Fulmar), would arrive on Eynhallow for the breeding season. She was believed to be about 50 years old and had been first ringed in 1951. When a new ring needed to be put on Flora, she was so used to this procedure that she obligingly lifted her left leg to help!

 

Other islands in Orkney: See the pages for Mainland Orkney,Eday, Egilsay, Flotta, Graemsay, Hoy, North Ronaldsay, Papa Westray, Rousay, Sanday, Shapinsay, Stronsay, Westray, Wyre;