History buffs will adore this hilly island. Lying close to Mainland’s northeast, it’s known as ‘the Egypt of the North’ for its numerous archaeological sites. Most of the island is classed as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), but it also has the important Trumland RSPB Reserve and three trout-fishing lochs. Cycling around the island’s one road gives you magnificent views of seacliffs, Egilsay and especially Mainland, where green velvet-clad hills heave themselves out of the icy North Sea.
Marion’s shop, and a post office that looks like a hen coop, are at Sourin, 2.5 miles north of the pier.