Sanday Island is one of the inhabited Orkney islands located off the north coast of mainland Scotland. The island covers a total area of approx 50,43 km2 (19,5 ml2) and has a population of around 500 people.
- Sanday is the 3rd largest of Orkney Islands. Its main centres of population include Kettletoft and Lady Village.
- The Picts were Sanday's pre-Norse inhabitants but few placenames remain from the period. The Norse named Sanday Island "Sandey" or "Sand-øy" due to sandy beaches' predominance and it became "Sanday" during Scots and English speaking periods.
- Start Point lighthouse on Sanday Island was completed on October 2, 1806 by engineer Robert Stevenson (1772-1850). It was the first lighthouse in Scotland to have a revolving light. Since 1915 it has exhibited distinctive black & white vertical stripes that are unique in the country. In 1962 the light was automated and is powered by 36 solar panels.
- Sanday Island boasts a couple of golf courses: 9-hole links course (2,600 yards/2,377 m) run by Sanday Golf Club and "Peedie Golf Course" - one-hole meadowland (57 yards/52 m, the shortest in Scotland) at West Manse.
- Three wind turbines featuring an installed capacity of 8,25 Megawatts were erected in 2004 by SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) at Spurness. Sanday Community Council negotiated a wind farm community fund which will be benefitting the locals for the lifetime of turbines, anticipated to be 20-25 years.
- Otters and seals are found in/around Sanday Island. There are several SSSIs and the marine coast around the east of Sanday is designated a Special Protection Area because of the presence of machair habitats and sand dune.
- Sanday is reached by plane from Kirkwall on Orkney Mainland or by Orkney Ferries.
Sanday Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Sanday Island dock (anchor) at Broughtown on the north-western coast.
The Sanday Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Sanday Island, Orkney, Scotland.
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