Sula Sgeir

Sula Sgeir is an uninhabited island located 41 miles (66 km) north of the Butt of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. High cliffs trim the island which are popular with breeding seabirds. Surrounding by smaller islets and rocks, the group has been designated a nature reserve. However an annual Guga hunt continues, now licenced by the Government, despite protests from animal welfare groups. This is a tradition dating back more than 500 years, which involves the capture of young gannets by the men of Ness at the northern tip of Lewis, who sail for six hours each Autumn to reach Sula Sgeir where they remain for some weeks. They scale its cliffs to take the birds which, when salted and pickled, are considered by some as a delicacy.

An automated light beacon lies at the south of the island, which is remotely monitored by the Northern Lighthouse Board.

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