North Stack

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North Stack
Native name: Ynys Arw
North Stack 3.jpg
North Stack (centre), with a building from the defunct fog warning station (right)
North Stack is located in Anglesey
North Stack
North Stack
Location Anglesey, Wales
Coordinates 53°20′00″N 4°41′00″W / 53.333332°N 4.683333°W / 53.333332; -4.683333
County Anglesey
Population 0 (uninhabited)

North Stack (Welsh: Ynys Arw, meaning "rugged island") is a small island situated just off Holy Island on the north-west coast of Anglesey.[1]

North Stack can also refer to the headland opposite the island. This is the site of a redundant fog warning station, comprising a number of buildings, including the Trinity House Magazine, built in 1861, where shells for the warning cannon were stored. These buildings now house a bird watching observatory,[2] giving a view of South Stack lighthouse across Gogarth Bay,[2] and the studio of artist Philippa Jacobs.[3] The Precambrian quartzite cliffs of this headland, including North Stack Walls and Wen Zawn, provide some of the best-known rock climbs in Britain, such as "A Dream of White Horses", "The Cad" and "The Bells! The Bells!"[4][5]

The stack was the site of a crash of a US Eighth Air Force B-24 Bomber on 22 December 1944 that killed the eight crew on board.[6]


  1. ^ "Holyhead Mountain, North Stack to Penrhyn Mawr", Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b North Stack, Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Artist profile: Philippa Jacobs",, Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  4. ^ Gogarth North Stack (North Stack Wall), Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  5. ^ Gogarth North Stack (Wen Zawn), Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Anglesey World War II plane tragedy memorial service to be held on 70th anniversary,, Retrieved 17 December 2014.

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Coordinates: 53°19′20″N 4°41′01″W / 53.3223°N 4.6836°W / 53.3223; -4.6836