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Guga hunters

Guga hunters

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Pictured sailing into the Port of Ness after another successful trip to Sula Sgeir for the annual guga hunt are the men from Ness who continue to uphold the longstanding tradition.

Every year a hardy gang of ten men from the region of Ness, on the northern tip of Lewis, take to the high seas to preserve the ancient tradition of harvesting the gannet chicks which nest on the most isolated island in Britain.

With an approved quota of 2000 chicks, it is a custom which the men of the area have undertaken for hundreds of years. Infact there are written records from 1549.

Picture taken by Ali Finlayson.