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January 11, 2012

Come and try before you buy

The more remote a community is, the more its very existence seems to depend on the willingness of local people to take on responsibility for just about everything – including maintaining the size of the population .  In a bid to attract new residents to the Orkney island of Eday, the community have built a new ‘gateway house’ to let prospective residents try out life on the island for a limited period before committing themselves to building or buying their own


Have you thought of moving to a small island community, one where your contribution could make a difference? Eday Partnership, based on one of the North Isles of Orkney, could offer you that opportunity, as we are looking for a new tenant for our Gateway House.

The property is available for rent for a period of up to 18 months, to give prospective island residents the chance to ‘try before you buy’.  Our first family have recently vacated the house, having just purchased a five acre plot where they intend to build an eco-friendly house of their own.

The Grind (pronounced as Gr inn is Old Norse for gateway) is a new build three bedroomed, single storey house heated by a ground source heat pump and a heat reclamation system. It is located in the centre of the island next to our Community owned shop and Post Office, with spectacular views over Mill Loch.

We are seeking a family who have skills or talents that would benefit our community or compliment those that already exist here on Eday, from mechanic to silver smith, musician to baker, the only common denominator being people who want to join and help develop a self reliant and sustainable community.

The island boasts a community owned shop, Heritage and Visitor Centre with licenced cafe and a community owned hostel and we are in the process of installing a 900 Kw wind turbine the profits from which will be invested into our community. We also have a Primary School and Pub.

For more about our island visit our website or contact our Community Development Officer, Carla,