Tour Scotland
Home Page




Banner In The West

A Spiritual History of Lewis and Harris Scotland

A Spiritual History of Lewis and Harris Scotland. From the unfathomable Standing Stones of Callanish to the quiet dignity of Christian commitment, the people of Lewis and Harris have, for millennia, sought for eternal meaning through their struggles in a robust, stripping environment. Even today, as their Gaelic world is increasingly besieged by change, migration and the impact of the mass-media, their distinctive spirituality continues to fascinate a wider world. Today, the Long Island is, to many, Britain's last stronghold of the pure Gospel; a place still defined by heartfelt religion - a community where, for instance, the threat of a Sabbath ferry service can still arouse considerable passion. In this sparkling account of island faith, from unknown, Megalithic builders to a war of Free Church schism waged on the Internet, award-winning journalist John MacLeod outlines the gripping religious history of this Hebridean community. This is a story that has never been related before, by any author, from the dawn of this island community to the present day - the tale of a people as indomitable as their landscape and a faith as profound as the Hebridean sea. Banner in the West: A Spiritual History of Lewis and Harris.

The Guga Hunters. From the puffin to the fulmar, the gannet to the cormorant, the sea-bird was once a commonplace meal, served on dinner plates across the length and breadth of Scotland. Now, however, it only remains on the menu in one of the farthest edges of the country. Every year, ten men from Ness, at the northern tip of the Isle of Lewis, sail north-west for some forty miles to a remote rock called Sulasgeir. Their mission is to catch and harvest the guga; the almost fully grown gannet chicks nesting on the two hundred foot high cliffs that circle the tiny island, which is barely half a mile long.After spending a fortnight in the arduous conditions that often prevail there, they return home with around two thousand of the birds, pickled and salted and ready for the tables of Nessmen and women both at home and abroad. The Guga Hunters tells story of the men who voyage to Sulasgeir each year and the district they hail from, bringing out the full colour of their lives, humour and the drama of their exploits. They speak of the laughter that seasons their time together on Sulasgeir, of the risks and dangers they have faced. It also provides a fascinating insight into the social history of Ness, the culture and way-of-life that lies behind the world of the Guga Hunters, the timeless nature of the hunt, and reveals the hunt's connections to the traditions of other North Atlantic countries. Told in his district poetry and prose, English and, occasionally, Gaelic, Donald S. Murray shows how the spirit of a community is preserved in this most unique of exploits. The Guga Hunters.

Return To Island Of Harris



Tour Scotland
Tour Edinburgh
Tour Island Of Skye

Rent A Self Catering Hoilday Cottage In Scotland

Share This Tour Scotland Web Page

Top Destinations
Tour Europe