HU3620 : St Ninian's Church remains (4) from SE

near to Bigton, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

St Ninian's Church remains (4) from SE
St Ninian's Church remains (4) from SE
The view of St Ninian's Church from the SE (looking NW) shows the large depression in the ground to the south of the remaining walls of the church. This area contains the remnants of Christian cists (stone burial chambers) nearer the camera, and of pre-Christian cists beyond them in the depression. I think that all of this area has been well excavated and studied by archaeologists, especially once the tremendous St Ninian's Treasure had been discovered here. See shared description below and images HU3620 : St Ninian's Church remains (1) from SW HU3620 : St Ninian's Church remains (2) from West & HU3620 : St Ninian's Church remains (3) from East
St Ninian's Isle
Lying off the west coast of Mainland Shetland adjacent to the village of Bigton, St Ninian's Isle is connected to the main island by a shell-sand tombolo, reckoned to be the finest (and largest active) example in the British Isles.
St Ninian's occasionally becomes a true island when tides and weather combine to inundate the tombolo, but usually it is, strictly speaking, a peninsula.
The little island has an area of approximately 178 acres (72ha) and rises to a maximum elevation of 174' (53m). According to the information board on the Bigton side of the tombolo, the coastal walk around the island is approximately 3 miles (5.3km) long and will take about 1 - 2 hours to complete. This board also tells us that the island was inhabited until 1775, though Wikipedia gives a date of 1796.
On 4th July 1958, a schoolboy, Douglas Coutts, who was helping visiting archaeologists, uncovered the fantastic Pictish silver "St Ninian's Isle Treasure" dating from c.800 AD see LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link for more details.
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2011
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Thursday, 1 September, 2011   (more nearby)
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Friday, 20 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  Islands 
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Chapel 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3685 2090 [10m precision]
WGS84: 59:58.2822N 1:20.5031W
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OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3686 2089
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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