3 November 2016

A “triple tombolo” in northern Shetland

Posted by Callan Bentley

We’ve taken a look already at an exemplary tombolo from Shetland. Today, I’m dialing up the tombolosity of the blog with a Triple Feature:

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If you look closely here, you’ll see that only the rightmost bar fully connects the two islands. It’s the only true tombolo, sensu stricto, at this site. The other two perhaps deserve another name, though I’m not sure what that would be… bayhead and baymouth bars, perhaps? (Though the “bay” is in fact defined by the tombolo, so that seems problematic.)

Here’s the place in Google Maps. It’s in the north of Mainland Shetland, just shy of the ferry to Yell: