Out Stack

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Out Stack
Out Stack is located in Scotland
Out Stack
Out Stack
Out Stack shown within Scotland
OS grid reference HP612202
Coordinates 60°51′37″N 0°52′27″W / 60.8603°N 0.8741°W / 60.8603; -0.8741
Physical geography
Island group Shetland
Highest elevation 27 m (89 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Shetland Islands
Population 0
Out Stack

Out Stack or Ootsta in Shetland, Scotland, is the northernmost point of the British Isles, lying immediately 600 m northeast of Muckle Flugga and 1.8 miles (2.9 km) north of the island of Unst. It is one of the North Isles of the Shetland Islands and lies within the Hermaness National Nature Reserve.

Out Stack is little more than a rocky outcrop, and is uninhabited. It has been described as "the full stop at the end of Britain". Travellers do not encounter any further land masses between Out Stack and the North Pole if heading directly north.

It is said that Lady Jane Franklin, the wife of the Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, landed on Out Stack after Dr John Rae's reports of the fate of the Franklin expedition had reached Stromness, Orkney, where she lived, in 1853/54. Although she noted that she wanted to get as close as possible to her missing husband, it must be doubted whether or not she landed on Out Stack. The fact that there was no safe landing was one reason — among others — why Thomas and David Stevenson decided later in the 1850s to build the lighthouse on Muckle Flugga and not on Out Stack.

The Hermaness National Nature Reserve covers the Muckle Flugga rocks and Out Stack, as well as the seabird cliffs and moorland of Hermaness.


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Coordinates: 60°51′37″N 0°52′27″W / 60.8603°N 0.8741°W / 60.8603; -0.8741