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Sula Sgeir
Gaelic name Sula Sgeir or Sùlaisgeir
Norse name Súlasker
Meaning of name Gannet Skerry
Coordinates 59°5′44.25″N 6°9′23.37″W / 59.0956250°N 6.1564917°W / 59.0956250; -6.1564917
Physical geography
Island group North Atlantic
Area 15 ha
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Population 0
Sula Sgeir Lighthouse
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar
Lighthouse and Cairn on Sulasgeir - - 1036122.jpg
Lighthouse and Cairn on Sulasgeir
Sula Sgeir Lighthouse Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar is located in Scotland
Sula Sgeir Lighthouse Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar
Sula Sgeir Lighthouse
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar
Location in Scotland
Location Sula Sgeir
Coordinates 59°5′37.47″N 6°9′31.97″W / 59.0937417°N 6.1588806°W / 59.0937417; -6.1588806
Foundation concrete base
Construction metal tower
Tower shape square parallelepiped with lantern
Markings / pattern white tower
Height 5 metres (16 ft)
Focal height 74 metres (243 ft)
Range 11 nautical miles (20 km; 13 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 15s.
Admiralty number A3870
NGA number 3572
ARLHS number SCO-230
Sula Sgeir from the South West
Sula Sgeir from the South West.

Sula Sgeir is a small, uninhabited Scottish island in the North Atlantic. One of the most remote of the British Isles. The island is inhospitable to humans. There is a ruined stone house called Taigh Beannaichte (Blessed House) on the east headland Sgeir an Teampall, the island is formed by pieces of rocks, where are often hard to walk on. Sula Sgeir is a National Nature Reserve since 1956. It is an important place for birds.

The most famous part of island are the caves, which can be explored.


There are 5,000 breeding pairs of gannets on Sula Sgeir, which they share with other bird species such as Black-legged Kittiwakes, guillemots, puffins and fulmars.

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