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Calf of Eday Visitor Information Guide

Calf of Eday is an island well to the north east of the mainland, and is now uninhabited but has a notable chambered cairn. In 1936 the debris of a thick secondary wall was removed to reveal the original shape ofthe mound and what Richard Feachem in his Guide to prehistoric Scotland calls ‘the remarkable content there of" including a stalled chamber with the overlay of a small house, similar to those found later in Shetland.

  • Calf of Eday Geolocation Latitude 59.2333° N Longitude -2.7333° W
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The chamber and possibly the tomb had been robbed at an unknown date, and the whole structure was encased in an oblong mass of stone. It appears that the chamber and the casing represent one phase of construction while the small oval building was earlier and independent.

In more recent times, the pirate Gow was captured when his ship ran aground here in I725, a stain on the floor in the laird's home Carrick House where Gow was taken, is said to have been made by his blood.

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