White Island is one of the islands of the Isles of Scilly, part of Cornwall in the United Kingdom, and lies off the coast of the northernmost populated island of the group, St Martin's, to which it is joined by a tidal causeway, or isthmus.
It should not be confused with a much smaller island also called White Island, off the coast of Samson.
White Island was formerly one of the principal locations for early Kelp Burning industry in western europe, imported to Scilly via strong Breton sea links a family name Nance outlives the introduction of the process from Nante, Brittany.
The Nance family members occupied and worked the Tean and White Island kelp kilns "killip" in Scilly during times of low and higher price rewards for the Lime Soda Ash.
The island, which is uninhabited, lies off the northern coast of St Martin's. It has a size of about 50 acres (200,000 m2). It is often considered part of St Martin's, and the two together have an area of 586 acres (2.37 km2).
Apart from using a small boat, the island can be accessed on foot from St Martin's for about one hour before and after low tide. Visiting it on foot calls for caution, as there are strong currents over the rocky causeway which joins the two when under water.
At the end of the island farthest away from the causeway are several ancient monuments, including a chambered cairn and several other cairns, an entrance grave, and a bank and ditch field system. Also at the north-east end of the island a fragment of altered killas, which at one time covered a much wider area, can be seen
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Photo taken in Saint Martin's, Isles of Scilly, UK
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