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Taste of Ness

Guga tasting offered at Scotland’s Festival of Museums

Have you ever wondered what gannet tastes like? Look no further than the Festival of Museums this month, which will be offering samples of this delicacy at one of its events, Sùlaisgeir – A Living Tradition.


Gannet in flight

Guga, as it is known locally, is the meat of young gannets. The hardy men of Ness on Lewis have been hunting guga since, well no one really knows when, the origins of the hunt has been lost in the mists of time – but the birds are harvested every year on Sula Sgeir, a wind and wave battered lump of rock 40 miles north of Ness.

Although the hunting of sea birds has been outlawed the folk of Ness have exemption under UK and EU law.

So, adventurous foodies, what are you waiting for? Get yourself over to Lewis for a rare chance to taste seabird!

Plan your trip to the Outer Hebrides.





  • Joyce Mackenzie

    I am SHOCKED to read that you shall be “offering” samples of Guga ! This is a tradition of the people of Ness…and this “hunt” has been allowed to continue only because of this ! Therefore, this “meat” is not to be sold or shared with “tourists/visitors” ! Either keep it for the people of Ness…or stop it altogether !

    • Many thanks for getting in touch. We’d like to clarify this wasn’t actually a VisitScotland event, but formed part of the 2012 Festival of Museums, organised by the National Museums
      of Scotland. Our blog post, which was published in May 2012, was part of a
      wider campaign of activity supporting the NMS and museums around Scotland.

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