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Stac Levenish or Stac Leibhinis (sometimes simply called Levenish/Leibhinis) is a sea stack in the St Kilda archipelago in Scotland. Lying 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) off Village Bay on Hirta, it is part of the rim of an extinct volcano that includes Dùn, Ruaival and Mullach Sgar.[2]

Stac Levenish
Gaelic name Stac Leibhinis
Stac Levenish is located in Outer Hebrides
Stac Levenish
Stac Levenish
Stac Levenish shown within the Outer Hebrides
OS grid reference NF133966
Coordinates 57°47′31″N 8°30′36″W / 57.792°N 8.510°W / 57.792; -8.510
Physical geography
Island group St Kilda
Area 24,280 m2 (261,350 sq ft)
Highest elevation 62 m (203 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Outer Hebrides
Population 0
References [1][2][3]
Stac Levenish cliff's face silhouette

The stack is 62 metres (203 ft) high. Its north cliff appears to have the profile of a human face, visible when travelling to St Kilda from the east. The skerry of Na Bodhan lies to the north east.

Dùn from Ruaival with Stac Levenish in the background at left.
The St Kilda archipelago

The stack was climbed recreationally in the early 1900s; Norman Heathcote mentions a moderately difficult ascent in 1900, as part of a climbing expedition that also included an ascent of Stac Lee.[4]

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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. ^ a b Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 18 Sound of Harris (North Uist, Taransay & St Kilda) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2008. ISBN 9780319231272. 
  4. ^ Heathcote, Norman (1901). "Climbing in St Kilda". Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal. Scottish Mountaineering Club. 6: 146–151. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 

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