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.

For sale: Des Res island, all amenities, a snip for pounds 1/4m. Suitab le for recluses and paradise seekers

For those searching for an island paradise in which to hide away and count their fortunes, Scotland is the destination. And to avoid the bad weather and the dark days that put the more remote rocky outcrops out of reach, the time to island-hunt is from May to August.

Gaelic teacher takes tradition to the wee bairns of Mull

When Angus MacNeil steps off the MacBraynes ferry on to the shores of the Isle of Mull this week, he will make history. He is the Hebridean island's first Gaelic-medium teacher for centuries and one of a growing band encouraged by activists resurrecting the fading Gaelic language in Scotland.

Obituary: John Lorne Campbell

John Lorne Campbell of Canna was a Scottish patriot of unique stamp, a scholar of exceptional quality, and a generous friend to many both at home and beyond the shores of Scotland. His roots lay in the old heartland of the Scottish Kingdom, in Argyll, where his pedigree of the Campbells of Craignish and Clann Thearlaich bear witness to the single-mindedness and fierce independence of spirit which was Campbell's own mark.

RSPB in plea to save elusive bird

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds yesterday appealed for pounds 300,000 to fund Scottish island projects aimed at saving endangered birds.

Inquiry ordered into island cancer claims

A health chief has been ordered to investigate claims that cancer cases in the Western Isles of Scotland are linked to the Chernobyl disaster ten years ago. The inquiry was ordered by the isles' health board after the claims, revealed by the Independent on Sunday, were made by two doctors on Benbecula.

Chernobyl link to cancer cluster on Scottish island

A SHARP rise in cancer cases on a Scottish island is being linked to radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl explosion a decade ago.

UK DEPARTURES

Opportunities for would-be travellers abound on 16 and 17 September, when the annual Open House celebration unlocks the doors of numerous buildings normally off-limits to visitors - 300 of them in London.

Catching the ceilidh fever

ROCK HOLIDAYS Tuesday night is ceilidh night. So was Monday. And Wednesday... Marion Hume dances until dawn in the Hebrides

A 19-year-old in net curtains played the Young Pretender

Marion Hume went over the sea to the Outer Hebrides in search of Bonnie Prince Charlie

Double Play: Ghosts and visions

MAXWELL DAVIES: The LighthouseNeil Mackie, Christopher Keyte, Ian Comboy BBCPhilharmonic / Peter Maxwell Davies (Collins 14152)

True Confessions: Me and my illitteracy: Women reborn as a Womble

The symptoms of the obsession came on slowly, as they usually do. First it was a few pieces of broken glass, wrapped up in crisp packets out of harm's way. Then it developed. I found myself picking up plastic bread bags and filling them with old fag packets and squashed cans.

'Barmy' inhabitants force laird from Scottish isle: Eigg owner says violent campaign has made him sell. John Arlidge reports

A LAIRD is to sell his Hebridean island because, he says, some of the inhabitants are 'rotten, dangerous and totally barmy'.

Quarry approved

Plans for a superquarry on the southern tip of Harris in the Outer Hebrides were approved by the Western Isles Council. A final decision is likely to be made by the Secretary of State for Scotland.
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