Environment A baby northern gannet stands next to one of its parents

The first “world championship” for eating pickled baby gannets, known as “guga”, has sparked new calls for a total ban on the Hebridean tradition of hunting chicks by clubbing  them with sticks.

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Style File: A crafty idea from ASOS

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Stone skimmers of the world unite at World Championships on Scottish island

Stone-skimmers from across the globe gathered on Sunday at the World Stone Skimming Championships on the Scottish island of Easdale.

60 new woodlands announced to mark Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Sites for 60 new large woodlands marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee have been announced by the Woodland Trust.

Pick a spot: Tiree’s pristine beaches

Around the Hebrides on the crest of a wave

Jonathan Bennett braves a surfer's chilly paradise

BP strikes deal to drill new oil well

BP will begin a highly controversial campaign of drilling for oil in the deep waters off the Shetland coast within days, after a green light from the Government.

Island hopping on two wheels

A new cycling trip covers the Outer Hebrides from end to end. Following its 131-mile route, 'casual cyclist' Ben Lerwill falls under the archipelago's spell

The Summer of the Bear, By Bella Pollen

Ex-fashionista turned bestselling novelist, Bella Pollen returns to the troubles of childhood with a fable-like story set on an island in the Outer Hebrides.

View from a letter box

An artwork by Tim Knowles reveals the sights and sounds of a Royal Mail parcel's journey from London to the Outer Hebrides

Met office forecasters 'off screens'

One of the BBC's most popular weathermen is to be removed from an on-screen role as part of cost-cutting measures, it was revealed today.

Team Origin remain on top in Audi MedCup

For the second night running, Britain's Team Origin led the Audi MedCup regatta in Cartagena, not because of continuing skill and dominance but because there was so little wind that the organisers gave up mid-afternoon and sent the fleet home.

Stop using toasters, islanders are told

Residents of a Scottish island that claims to be the world's greenest have been told to cut their power use because a shortage of rain is starving its hydro-electric generators.

Lost in the Western Isles

In the paw prints of a dog called Reubs, Lucy Gillmore hikes the Uists and Barra

Mary Dejevsky: The future is warmer – and smaller

Survival, it seems, is no longer about being bigger. Hooray!

Parents blame Army for daughter's 'murder'

The parents of a teenage cadet who drowned in a boating accident after instructors had failed to follow basic safety procedures, yesterday said they were "disgusted" at the findings of an official inquiry into her death and accused the Army of murder.

Album: The Flowers of Hell, Come Hell or High Water, (Benbecula)

Composed and recorded in London, Toronto, Prague and Abilene (Texas), with the involvement of a small host of worthy musos, most of whom have form with Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, British Sea Power and Patti Smith.

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