Out Stack or Ootsta in Shetland, Scotland
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, is the northernmost
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of the British Isles
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, lying immediately to the north of Muckle Flugga
Muckle Flugga is a small rocky island north of Unst in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. It is often described as the northernmost point of the British Isles, but the smaller islet of Out Stack is actually farther north...
and 1.8 miles (2.9 km) north of the island of Unst
Unst is one of the North Isles of the Shetland Islands, Scotland. It is the northernmost of the inhabited British Isles and is the third largest island in Shetland after the Mainland and Yell. It has an area of .Unst is largely grassland, with coastal cliffs...
. It is one of the North Isles
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of the Shetland Islands and lies within the Hermaness
Hermaness is the northernmost headland of Unst, the northernmost inhabited island of Shetland, Scotland. It consists of sea cliffs and moorland.-Hermaness National Nature Reserve:...
National Nature Reserve
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Out Stack is little more than a rocky outcrop
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, and is uninhabited. It has been described as "the full stop
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at the end of Britain
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". Travellers do not encounter any further land masses between Out Stack and the North Pole
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if heading directly north.
Lady Jane Franklin, the wife of ill-fated Arctic
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explorer Sir John Franklin, landed on Out Stack in the 1850s, as it was the closest she could get to her missing husband.