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St Ninians Isle

Shetland

A picturesque white sand tombolo linking the South Mainland of Shetland to St Ninians Isle. This striking beach is a jewel in Shetland’s crown and can be admired from many different vantage points as well as from the beach itself. The beach is easily accessible by road with picnic tables overlooking the breathtaking views.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2015 Not tested

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Facilities at St Ninians Isle beach

Food availableToiletsShopsLitter bins

Parking

There is a large car park next to the beach with a picnic table area and litter bins. Parking is free

Dog restrictions

Visitors are encouraged to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Beach cleaning

Cleaned regularly throughout the bathing season

Lifeguards

None

See safety tab

Activities

Wildlife and Walks

This five hundred metres long tombolo is an excellent walk in itself though heading onto St Ninians Isle is well worth it. As well as having spectacular cliffs with a wide range of seabirds and great views, the isle is steeped in archaeological finds with the famous hoard of 8th century Celtic silver “the St Ninians Isle treasure” discovered there. Replicas of this treasure can be found at the Shetland Museum and Archives in Lerwick. A walking route detailing the St Ninians Isle circular can be found at http://www.walkshetland.com/st-ninians-isle-circular.php. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken voluntarily at this beach by the local authority from 1st June - 15th September.

Water samples do not need to be taken at this beach and may not be treated in the same way as designated bathing waters, but they are collected in the spirit of the Bathing Waters Directive.

Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land. Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2015 Not tested

What’s does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either-

Excellent – the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
Good – generally good water quality
Sufficient – meets minimum standards
Poor – You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

These new European standards are based on the latest health advice and are roughly twice as tough as the old ones. They use the latest four years of data, rather than a single year. Find out how they compare.

Safety, Weather & Tides

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This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach

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Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach:

For more information visit rnli.org.uk

Beach Cleans

We need you!

Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of St Ninians Isle beach

There are currently no beach cleans within 10 miles of this beach!

All of our cleans are run by volunteers so why not organise your own? We’ve got loads of information to help you get started.

Click here to see all events around the UK.

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Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

recycle icon Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it

Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of St Ninians Isle beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Rachel Laurenson
on 16 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Dawn Watson
on 2 Aug 2016

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