Out Stack

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Out Stack
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Out Stack is located in Scotland
Out Stack
Out Stack
Out Stack shown within Scotland
OS grid referenceHP612202
Coordinates60°51′37″N 0°52′27″W / 60.8603°N 0.8741°W / 60.8603; -0.8741
Physical geography
Island groupShetland
Highest elevation27 m (89 ft)
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaShetland Islands

Out Stack or Ootsta is an island in Shetland, Scotland and the northernmost point of the British Isles. It has been described as "the full stop at the end of Britain".[1]

It lies 600 m (2,000 ft) 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.

It is uninhabited and there is no landfall directly to the north.


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 would not encounter any further land masses between Out Stack and the North Pole if heading directly north.

Lady Franklin[edit]

Lady Franklin, the wife of the Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, landed on Out Stack after John Rae's reports of the fate of the Franklin expedition had reached Stromness, Orkney, where she lived, in 1853/54.[2]

Hermaness National Nature Reserve[edit]

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


  1. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p034ntk8
  2. ^ "Lady Jane Franklin, the Woman Who Fueled 19th-Century Polar Exploration". Atlas Obscura. 23 February 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2018.

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