Ness - The Isle of Lewis - The Outer Hebrides- Western Isles - Photos
Ness - Port of Nis - Eilean Leodhas - lies at the most northern part of the Isle of Lewis. The people of Ness are called Niseachs - many of whom still speak Gaelic.
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Ness and Its Traditions
There is a population of about 1200 residents living either on the Northern and Western edges of Ness. It has a pretty little harbour - which was well used in earlier years - as fishing wasn't great importance to Ness.
Guga Hunters - The Men of Ness
Ness saw a settlement of Norse origins in its past - and has a history of brave fearless fishermen. There are many traditions that are local to the specific areas of the Western Isles. One of these is the "Guga Hunting" which is carried out by the men of Ness situated at the most Northerly point of the Tip of The Isle of Lewis.
National and EU Legislation.
Ness is a little different from the majority of places - in that the tradition and eating of gugas is still carried out by a few locals. The residents of Ness along with their representatives in Ross and Cromarty council fought and managed to get the approval of the law. EU legislation allows the Ness men to hunt the guga.