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Port of Ness tourist information

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  • Port of Ness Latitude: 58.4916° N Longitude: 6.2328° W
  • Port of Ness Postcode HS2
  • Port of Ness WOEID 5661780

Port of Ness at the end of the A857 on the north east extremity of Lewis is an attractive fishing village where the people are often said to have signs of their Viking ancestry in their appearance. They also have the happy Scandinavian habit of painting their houses in bright colours.

It was an annual custom here for the younger fishermen to set out each September on an expedition to either St Kilda or the Isle of Suilisgeir some 30 miles due north to catch young solan geese or gugas then still congregating in their thousands on those rocky outposts. The solan geese had indeed been a major source of meat for  generations on the more remote islands. The hunters catch the birds with long poles, with considerable peril to themselves, on the precipitous cliffs, and they are then prepared for salting. These gugas are considered a delicacy, and many are sent to Isles exiles all over the world. This expedition does not now necessarily take place every year.

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