The Guga Hunters of Ness

I’ve just watched The Guga Hunters of Ness on the BBC iPlayer.

For those of you who’ve not heard of them, then a good starting point would be either Wikipedia or, more recommendably, the book by Donald S Murray.  But in short, it refers to a centuries-old tradition in Ness, on the northwest corner of the isle of Lewis, where a group of men go to hunt young gannets every year for their meat on a remote rock a long and choppy sail away.

My friend Mike, who established Intrepid Cinema, made the programme, so I might be a bit biased.  But it’s a very impressive, atmospheric and poignant documentary about a threatened culture and tradition, and a very unique part of the world.  If you can watch it, do.

If you can’t, then some of the fascinating background to the programme can be found here.

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