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Helliar Holm

A small uninhabited drying island lying off the south coast of the island of Shapinsay in Orkney, Helliar Holm guards the natural harbour of Elwick, a half-mile (0.8 km) southeast of the settlement of the settlement of Balfour. At low tide it is connected to Shapinsay by the rocks of Holm Sound. The island reaches 28m (91 feet) above sea level and a Stevenson lighthouse looks out from Saeva Ness, its most southerly point. The southern section of the island is bordered by low cliffs, which include several caves, while the island descends to a stony beach in the north, where there is also a pier. Of archaeological interest are the remains of a broch, chambered cairn and a chapel.


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