Evie, Orkney

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Evie
MistraEvieVillage(JohnComloquoy)Aug2007.jpg
Mistra Shop in Evie Village, the Mistra Club (a former pub) is upstairs
Evie is located in Orkney Islands
Evie
Evie
Evie shown within Orkney
OS grid reference HY352258
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ORKNEY
Postcode district KW17
Dialling code 01856
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
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UK
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59°06′54″N 3°07′52″W / 59.115°N 3.131°W / 59.115; -3.131Coordinates: 59°06′54″N 3°07′52″W / 59.115°N 3.131°W / 59.115; -3.131

Evie (pronounced /vi/) is a parish and village on Mainland, Orkney, Scotland.[1] The parish is located in the north-west of the Mainland, between Birsay and Rendall, forming the coastline opposite the isle of Rousay.

History

Within the parish are a number of prehistoric features, including Gurness, an Iron Age broch that overlooks Eynhallow Sound.[2]

Economy

Evie is home to two large dairy farms called Dale and Georth as well as Burgar farm. There are also a few beef farms. This is due to the very good quality of soil contained in this area of Orkney. All three dairy farms contribute milk to the award-winning Orkney cheese as well as Orkney ice cream and other dairy products.[citation needed]

Burgar Hill Wind Farm

The five wind turbines on Burgar Hill in Evie are visible from a large part of the West Mainland. Established in 1983, Burgar Hill Wind Farm was one of the first wind farms in the UK.[3]

People

Evie is the birthplace of Orcadian writer Ernest Marwick.

Folklore

In folklore, Evie was the home of the farmer, Guidman o' Thorodale who drove away the Finfolk, shape-shifting mer-people, from the island of Eynhallow.[4][5]

References

  1. ^ Orkney Mainland (Map). 1:50,000. Landranger. United Kingdom Ordnance Survey. 2002.
  2. ^ C. Michael Hogan (2 December 2007). ed. Andy Burnham, ed. "Gurness - Broch in Scotland in Orkney". The Megalithic Portal. Retrieved 23 September 2008.
  3. ^ "Burgar Hill Wind Farm". Gazetteer for Scotland. 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2008.
  4. ^ "The Freeing of Eynhallow". Orkneyjar. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
  5. ^ Turnbull, Catherine (29 July 2010). "Exploring the Mysteries of Eynhallow". Orkney News. Kirkwall.

External links

  • Visit Scotland - Evie, Orkney

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