17th October 2017

Local attractions declared among country’s top geological sites

Three sites in Shetland have been named among the country’s best geological locations.

The announcement comes after experts were tasked with drawing up “The 51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology” as part of a nationwide festival taking place this month to celebrate the country’s geological heritage.

Unst, Eshaness Coast, and St Ninian’s Isle tombolo made up the isles’ contribution to the list.

Unst is described as boasting “a fascinating combination of ancient continental and ocean floor crustal rocks”.

Eshaness Coast, meanwhile, was chosen because it offers “the best section through the flank of a volcano in the UK”.

And St Ninian’s Isle tombolo was picked because it is the largest active shell sand tombolo in the UK – which “tells the story of Shetland’s fate following the retreat of the last ice sheets”.

A map showing all 51 sites will be unveiled at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh on Saturday 14th October.

The project has been organised by the Scottish Geodiversity Forum to tie in with this month’s Geoheritage Festival.

About Andrew McQuarrie

View other stories by »

Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to editorial@shetlandtimes.co.uk for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.