Sule Stack

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Sule Stack
Sule Stack is located in Scotland
Sule Stack
Sule Stack
Sule Stack shown within Scotland
OS grid reference HX561179
Coordinates 59°01′N 4°31′W / 59.02°N 4.51°W / 59.02; -4.51
Physical geography
Island group North Atlantic
Area 2.9 ha
Highest elevation 36 m
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Orkney
Population 0
References [1][2][3]

Sule Stack or Stack Skerry is an extremely remote island or stack in the North Atlantic off the north coast of Scotland. It is formed of Lewisian gneiss.[4]

Sule Stack lies 49 kilometres north of the Scottish mainland, and 66 kilometres west of the Orkney mainland, at grid reference HX561179. Sule Stack's sole neighbour, Sule Skerry, lies 10 km to the north east and the remote islands of Rona and Sula Sgeir lie further to the west.

Sule Stack and Sule Skerry are home to thousands of Gannets and as a result are listed as a Special Protection Area.

Sule Stack comes within the administrative region of Orkney Islands.

From the west, Sule Stack appears like a double rock

Bird species nesting on the stack include:[5]

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  1. ^ National Records of Scotland (15 August 2013) (pdf) Statistical Bulletin: 2011 Census: First Results on Population and Household Estimates for Scotland - Release 1C (Part Two). "Appendix 2: Population and households on Scotland’s inhabited islands". Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  2. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 6 Orkney (Mainland) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2014. ISBN 9780319228128. 
  4. ^ Kirton, S.R.; Hitchen, K. (1987). "Timing and style of crustal extension N of the Scottish mainland". In Coward M.P., Dewey J.F. & Hancock P.L. Continental Extensional Tectonics. Special Publications. 28. London: Geological Society. pp. 501–510. ISBN 978-0-632-01605-1. 
  5. ^ European Environment Agency: Sule Skerry & Stack Skerry

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Coordinates: 59°01′26″N 4°30′30″W / 59.02382°N 4.50846°W / 59.02382; -4.50846