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North Gaulton Castle
Orkney Islands, Scotland
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The easiest way to the base of the stack is undoubtedly by boat. But for those of a more adventurous nature, abseil to the sea level platforms at the base of the cliffs to the south of the bay. But for those of a more adventurous nature, abseil to the sea level platforms at the base of the cliffs to the south of the bay.
 
North Gaulton Castle[2]
   

 

North Gaulton castle is a sea stack found in a lonely part of Orkney's west mainland, situated roughly half way between Outertown in Stromness and the car park at Yesnaby.

The stack is very much the big brother of Yesnaby Castle, as they are both of similar dimensions and composition and both are set in an amphitheatre of cliffs which guard against any approach. However, North Gaulton is almost twice the size of Yesnaby Castle.[1]

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North Gaulton is found on the west coast and the stack is very much the big brother of Yesnaby Castle, as they are both set in an amphitheatre of cliffs which guard against any approach, the only difference being that North Gaulton is almost twice the size as Yesnaby Castle.[4]

The easiest way to the base of the stack is undoubtedly by boat. But for those of a more adventurous nature, abseil to the sea level platforms at the base of the cliffs to the south of the bay. (40 meters) From here it is a 40 meter swim to the wave washed platforms at the base of the landward end of the stack. Originally access to the stack was by a massive Tyrolean traverse, roped between the headlands to the north and south of the stack, with rope stretch this gave access to the top of the first pitch. The stack has since been climbed by abseil and swim, boat approach and the Tyrolean antics of the 70's were repeated in the early 90's by Mick Tighe and his crew.[5]

  channelswimmer
March 18, 2009

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References
 
1. North Gaulton Castle- retrieved 1/21/2010
2. Copyright Colin Smith and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
3. Copyright Dorcas Sinclair and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
4.Visit Orkney- North Gaulton Castle-retrieved 1/21/10
5.Orkney Seastacks- retrieved 1/21/10
 
 

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