St Ninians Beach (St Ninian's Isle)

The beach here is a long spit of fine sand connecting the small isle of St Ninian’s to Shetland. Made up largely of shell sand, the symmetrical curve sandbar can be seen from high ground, such as the Ward of Scousburgh.

This kind of sand causeway is officially known as a tombolo, although the Scottish word is ayre. Whatever you call it this is certainly one of the most picturesque beaches on the islands with a good range of facilities

Also known as:

St Ninian's Isle

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dog friendly beach

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Picnic area

Nearest town


OS grid ref.

HU 3716 2073

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