St Ninian's Isle
St Ninian's Isle
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  • John S
    31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking St Ninians
    A windy but wonderful walk around the isle. Car parking is handy but take the lane very slowly. The tombolo isthmus joint land to isle is stunning. Sands are very child friendly so bring bucket and spade. No ‘amenities.’ If walking around the isle Be prepared for a rugged, windswept, 5-6 miles walk weather can change very quickly so be prepared. Scenery is rugged but stunning. Birdlife in breeding season great but the Fulmars do an all year performance. A short 1mile walk is to an old trig point on north point of the isle which is a good objective and a picnic if a bit windswept. Just off the isthmus on the isle is the ruin of Dt Ninians church - interesting with a small info board and good place for photos. Not easy for dogs as the styles at NOT dog friendly and need a bit of ingenuity. In nearby Bigton is the village ‘we stock everything’ shop and PO. Lovely place, lovely staff - try and support locals if for nothing else, an icecream
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 August 2023
  • empathology
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands541 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful sandy beaches on a lovely tombola
    The finest tombola (a thin strip of land) you'll see with gorgeous white sandy beaches on both sides, so which ever way the wind is blowing, you're sure of shelter. The island itself is also lovely and worth a (1-hour) walk around it's perimeter, offering far-reaching views to the Atlantic. Parking just 5-minutes away up a gentle slope so pushchair accessible, though at busy times, this could get quite full. Worth a visit if just to gaze at this lovely sight of nature!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Chris M
    Wetherby, United Kingdom1,384 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unusual double sided beach
    We visited this location as part of a tour group, and found that we were the only visitors. The island is joined to the mainland by a large sandbar (apparently called a tombolo), with the sea on each side. This forms a very pleasant beach. It is quite a spectacular and unusual feature, which enables the island to be accessed by foot at most times. There is a parking area on the mainland accessed by a very narrow lane, but is definitely worth a visit
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2024
  • pakabay
    Adelaide, Australia2,507 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wild & beautiful
    St Ninian’s Isle and its more famous sand access is a wild & beautiful place to cut, whatever the weather. It was rainy & windy the day we visited, but I think that just added to the wildness. St Ninian’s is an uninhabited small island with the remains of a medieval church which is just visible from the car park on the mainland. In 1958 the “St Ninian’s Isle Treasure” was discovered underneath the church floor. This Pictish treasure is thought to have been buried around 800AD. Copies of the silverware are on display at the Shetland museum while the originals are displayed at the National Museum of Scotland, in Edinburgh. But what most people probably associate with St Ninian’s is its Tombolo, the narrow double sided beach that connects it to the mainland.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 March 2024
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pakabay
Adelaide, Australia2,507 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
St Ninian’s Isle and its more famous sand access is a wild & beautiful place to cut, whatever the weather.

It was rainy & windy the day we visited, but I think that just added to the wildness.

St Ninian’s is an uninhabited small island with the remains of a medieval church which is just visible from the car park on the mainland. In 1958 the “St Ninian’s Isle Treasure” was discovered underneath the church floor. This Pictish treasure is thought to have been buried around 800AD. Copies of the silverware are on display at the Shetland museum while the originals are displayed at the National Museum of Scotland, in Edinburgh.

But what most people probably associate with St Ninian’s is its Tombolo, the narrow double sided beach that connects it to the mainland.
Written 22 March 2024
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Chris M
Wetherby, UK1,384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We visited this location as part of a tour group, and found that we were the only visitors. The island is joined to the mainland by a large sandbar (apparently called a tombolo), with the sea on each side. This forms a very pleasant beach. It is quite a spectacular and unusual feature, which enables the island to be accessed by foot at most times. There is a parking area on the mainland accessed by a very narrow lane, but is definitely worth a visit
Written 1 March 2024
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Debbie G
Guiseley, UK165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Oh my word, this place is just stunning! We swam from the tombolo, wet suits recommended, but it really is an amazing place to swim and walk
Written 12 September 2023
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Barry and Nicol... G
Reading, UK1,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
What a lovely bracing walk it is on St Ninian's beach. There is a car park right by the beach access. The gorgeous tombolo sandy causeway leads you across to St Ninian's Isle. Whatever the weather its a superb but windy walk to see nature at its best.
Written 27 August 2023
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empathology
Rotterdam, The Netherlands541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The finest tombola (a thin strip of land) you'll see with gorgeous white sandy beaches on both sides, so which ever way the wind is blowing, you're sure of shelter. The island itself is also lovely and worth a (1-hour) walk around it's perimeter, offering far-reaching views to the Atlantic.
Parking just 5-minutes away up a gentle slope so pushchair accessible, though at busy times, this could get quite full.

Worth a visit if just to gaze at this lovely sight of nature!
Written 27 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

John S
31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
A windy but wonderful walk around the isle. Car parking is handy but take the lane very slowly. The tombolo isthmus joint land to isle is stunning. Sands are very child friendly so bring bucket and spade. No ‘amenities.’ If walking around the isle Be prepared for a rugged, windswept, 5-6 miles walk weather can change very quickly so be prepared. Scenery is rugged but stunning. Birdlife in breeding season great but the Fulmars do an all year performance.
A short 1mile walk is to an old trig point on north point of the isle which is a good objective and a picnic if a bit windswept.
Just off the isthmus on the isle is the ruin of Dt Ninians church - interesting with a small info board and good place for photos.
Not easy for dogs as the styles at NOT dog friendly and need a bit of ingenuity.
In nearby Bigton is the village ‘we stock everything’ shop and PO. Lovely place, lovely staff - try and support locals if for nothing else, an icecream
Written 1 August 2023
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margaret h
Leeds, UK284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Absolutely gorgeous situation with the beautiful sand tombolo causeway across to St. Ninians Isle. The sand and the island is beautifully clean and so lovely.
Just a shame really that camper vans and caravans park in the car park and are a blot on the whole landscape, but that unfortunately is what the Scottish powers that be encourage on these islands and in the whole of Scotland. I wonder where their waste effluent is dumped !!!
Written 19 September 2022
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Andrea
Lancaster District, UK120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Stunning place. Fine coral beach with clear blue seas. Lovely walk across the beach onto the island and plenty of wildlife. Great spot to spend the day.
Written 4 September 2022
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Jo B
Northallerton, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Simply beautiful, gorgeous walk, good parking, free to visit. Quiet most of the time. You can either walk across the sands and wander around the island or just walk the sands. Fantastic place to watch the sunset
Written 9 August 2022
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CLE68
Perth and Kinross, UK394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
Absolutely stunning place to visit and walk. Gorgeous beach and turquoise water. Plenty of bird life to see and wild flowers.
The walk onto the isle yields more stunning views of the cliffs / rocks and nesting birds.
A beautiful, tranquil haven.
Written 16 July 2022
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