Port of Ness

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Port of Ness
Gaelic: Port Nis
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Port of Ness, the beach and the harbour basin
Island: Lewis
Grid reference: NB537638
Location: 58°29’35"N, 6°13’37"W
Post town: Isle Of Lewis
Postcode: HS2
Dialling code: 01851 810
Local Government
Council: Na h-Eileanan Siar
Na h-Eileanan an Iar

Port of Ness is a village on the Isle of Lewis in the community of Ness, in the Outer Hebrides, and part of Ross-shire. Port of Ness is within the parish of Barvas.[1]

The village is close to the very northern tip of Lewis, at the end of the A857, which runs from Stornoway.[2]

The harbour was built in the early 19th century.[3] An enlargement was built in 1893, with a breakwater added the following year.[3]

Each year men from Ness district sail from the port to Sula Sgeir in the Atlantic Ocean forty miles north of Lewis in order to collect young gannets, known as 'guga', for food.[4] The event was first recorded in the 16th century,[5] and the guga harvest continues every year, the men staying for a week on that inhospitable rock. While the killing of gannets is generally banned by conservation laws, the Sula Sgeir gannet harvest is a statutory exception,[6] (which conservationists appear to hate although the suspension of the harvest in wartime saw a collapse in gannet numbers).

The Clach Stein standing stones are situated just to the north of the village.[7][8]

In literature

The boathouse at the harbour features in the Peter May novels, The Blackhouse and The Lewis Man.[9]

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