2011

HU3620 : St Ninian's Church remains (2) from West

taken 13 years ago, near to Bigton, Mainland, Shetland Islands, Scotland

St Ninian's Church remains (2) from West
St Ninian's Church remains (2) from West
Just the first few feet of the walls of St Ninian's Church remain. This was the site where in 1958 the St Ninian's Treasure was found (see shared description). The orangey-coloured post just to the left of the figure in this photo, is I think, the precise position of the find. See also HU3620 : St Ninian's Church remains (1) from SW HU3620 : St Ninian's Church remains (3) from East & HU3620 : St Ninian's Church remains (4) from SE
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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HU3620, 70 images   (more nearby 🔍)
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Rob Farrow   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Thursday, 1 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 20 January, 2012
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3685 2090 [10m precision]
WGS84: 59:58.2822N 1:20.5031W
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OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3681 2090
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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