Noup Head

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Noop or Noup, a small bay and a headland on the NW coast of Westray island, Orkney. With a breadth across the entrance of 4 3/8 miles, and a depth thence to its inmost recessof 1 3/8 mile, the bay looks northward so as to be fully exposed to the fury of the Atlantic, and is crossed by a reef, the Bow of Rackwick, which has proved fatal to many a vessel. Noop Head, flanking the W side of the bay, projects north-westward from an eminence called Noop Hill, has a bold beetling character, and is sometimes designated the Stack of Noop.

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