Records of cliff collapse
Significance: Shetlanders have many stories of significant changes taking place on their local cliffs. It is hoped through time to gather those oral records so that a picture of the pace of change is developed. A photo survey of the cliffs of Esha Ness in 2004 will also help in recognition of future changes
The Pier (opposite Gaada Stack), with eroding tills and stack. The glacial till on the Pier was about 6ft wide on the top in the 1950s, now the two sides have come together and it is beginning to lose height. Once the grass goes on this stretch of coast the erosion of the till is relentless - the grass seems to be unable to re-establish itself firmly enough. The burn that enters the sea at Trolli Geo is fairly recent. Before the till was breached the water flowed east past the crofthouse at Ristie and entered the sea east of the Rigs
Cliff falls in Foula are fairly regular, mostly in the south western stretch from the west end of Mucklebrek to Roeski, but also some between Trolli Geo and the Rigs on the north coast. The Brough Stack supported an arch topped by a Bronze Age broch until the arch collapsed during a storm in 1965.
About one third of the grass slope on the Little Kame
collapsed in either the 1960s or 1970s. This was the entire south western end of
the huge puffin honeycombed slope a third of the way up the south face of the
Arch fell into the sea during the 1953 storm
1981 one of the lochs above Kirstan's Hole drained into the cave below
Noss and Bressay
A rockfall in 1970 blocked the narrow channel with scree between the Cradle Holm and Noss
Dr Jonathan Ross knows of many rockfalls on the east coast of Bressay and Noss.
Kame of Isbister is a rocky promontory joined to the mainland only by a dangerous knife-edged ridge. A path which formerly gave access along the arÍte was destroyed by a cliff-fall in 1930.
Moul of Eswick
The original light station was destroyed when a large section of the cliff collapsed into the sea on November 5, 1994.
South Head, Villians of Hamnavoe 1996-1999
Rockfall on to ramp.
Stonga Banks, Ronas Hill August 1998
Dore Holm, Stenness 1990s
Stack beside The Dore reduced in size by large rockfall
Sumburgh Head 21st Jan 2004
About 100 square metres of rock collapsed, taking a footpath and a drystone wall with it
The Shetland Times of 06/05/05 reported winter rock fall from Ern Stack in NE Yell.