HU3720 : St Ninian's Isle

taken 1 year ago, near to Bigton, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

St Ninian's Isle
St Ninian's Isle
The beach connecting the mainland to St Ninian's Isle is an example of a tombolo and here the sea has broken across creating a shallow channel between the two.
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.
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Date Taken
Monday, 30 January, 2017   (more nearby)
Sunday, 5 February, 2017
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OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3708 2075 [10m precision]
WGS84: 59:58.2002N 1:20.2575W
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OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3716 2075
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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