HU3720 : St Ninian's Isle tombolo

taken 7 years ago, near to Bigton, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

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St Ninian's Isle tombolo
St Ninian's Isle tombolo
This view is taken from a little way north of the car park for St Ninian's Isle on the Bigton side looking across at the island.
See the shared info below for information on St Ninian's Isle and the tombolo.
St Ninian's Isle :: HU3620
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.
A tombolo is a beach or bar (sometimes called an "ayre") which connects an island either to another island or to the mainland. It therefore effectively results in the smaller island becoming a peninsula, though this depends on definitions.
Tombolos are formed by the refraction and diffraction of waves around the island causing sand, gravel and pebbles to be swept in both directions around the island until they meet on the mainland-ward side of the island. The sand/pebbles then pile up to create a bar or spit of land above normal sea level, creating a causeway to the island.
The finest (and largest) tombolo in the British Isles is considered to be that which links St Ninian's Isle to the island of Mainland, Shetland. See HU3720 : St Ninian's Isle tombolo to view this example.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 1 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 7 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Coastal  Islands  Estuary, Marine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 371 207 [100m precision]
WGS84: 59:58.1943N 1:20.1609W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 374 209
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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