Hestan Island

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Hestan Island is a small coastal island in the Solway Firth, southwest Scotland. This small island measures approximately 460 metres by 270 metres and at its highest elevation sits at just over 50 metres above sea-level.

Hestan island in the Solway

The isle of Hestan lies at the mouth of Auchencairn Bay [1] in the region of Dumfries and Galloway in the former county of Kirkcudbrightshire. A lighthouse was built on the eastern side of the island by Alan Stevenson in 1850.

At certain conditions of low tide the island is accessible on foot as there is a natural causeway of shingle and mussels from Almorness Point to the northern tip of Hestan.

Buildings on Hestan Island

At the southern tip of the island is the notably-named "Daft Ann's Steps", a series of pinnacles where, legends say, a girl of lesser intelligence attempted to lay stepping stones ahead of her to reach the Balcary Point and drowned.[2]

There are ruins of a manor house built for Edward Balliol near the north of the island.

In the 18th century the island was used as a centre of smuggling activity, with goods being stored in the caves on the south west of the island where there was reputed to have been shelves cut into the rock. Samuel Rutherford Crockett made great play with this in his novel The Raiders.[2]

The island is a popular destination for sea kayakers.[3]

Hestan Island is one of 43 tidal islands that can be walked to from the mainland of Great Britain and one of 17 that can be walked to from the Scottish mainland.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gazetteer for Scotland". Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  2. ^ a b "A History of Auchencairn and District". www.Auchencairn.org.uk. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  3. ^ "Daft Anne's Steps, Hestan Island, the Solway Firth". Seakayakphoto.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  4. ^ Caton, Peter (2011) No Boat Required - Exploring Tidal Islands. Matador.

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Coordinates: 54°49′56″N 3°48′33″W / 54.8321°N 3.8092°W / 54.8321; -3.8092