St Ninians Isle


St Ninians Isle
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

A picturesque white sand tombolo linking the South Mainland of Shetland to St Ninians Isle. This striking beach 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.


There is an archaeological site on the Isle, accessed from Bigton. A walking route detailing the St Ninians Isle circular can be found at

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.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
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

2017 Not tested

What 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.

Today's forecast

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Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

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

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Facilities at St Ninians Isle

Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins



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

Dog restrictions


Visitors are encouraged to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Beach cleaning

Cleaned regularly throughout the bathing season.