Because the days are insanely long in Shetland, I had time for a complete second adventure after returning home from Scalloway! This one I drove to, as it was a good 15 miles south.
St. Ninian’s is famous for three reasons: the tombolo (swath of sand connecting mainland to island), the beautiful white sands and gentle water, and the treasure that was found at the ancient chapel site.
I’ll mostly just let the photos speak for themselves here! This was a long walk all along the coastline, with dramatic cliffs and holms (rock formations out in the water), and loads of inlets way down below. Another gorgeous day for walking, too, with perfect sky and water.
“The site might be one of the first places to see the arrival of Christianity in Shetland. Excavations in the 1950s and early 21st-century revealed that an even older Pictish treasure, dated around 800 CE, had been buried near the chapel. The earliest signs of human occupation on the Isle date to 1,600 years earlier during the Iron Age, around 800 BCE.” (From Atlas Obscura)
A long and wonderful walk! The next day was booked for a tour, so I got an early dinner and good night’s sleep!
And Day Two is done and done.
31 May, 2022
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