Port of Ness

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Port of Ness
Port of Ness.png
Port of Ness, the beach and the harbour basin
Port of Ness is located in Outer Hebrides
Port of Ness
Port of Ness
Port of Ness shown within the Outer Hebrides
Language Scottish Gaelic
OS grid reference NB537638
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HS2
Dialling code 01851 810
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament
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58°29′35″N 6°13′37″W / 58.493°N 6.227°W / 58.493; -6.227Coordinates: 58°29′35″N 6°13′37″W / 58.493°N 6.227°W / 58.493; -6.227

Port of Ness (Scottish Gaelic: Port Nis) is a village on the Isle of Lewis in the community of Ness, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Port of Ness is within the parish of Barvas.[1] Port of Ness is situated at the end of the A857, which runs from Stornoway.[2]

The harbour was constructed in the early 19th century.[3] An enlargement was built in 1893, with a breakwater added the following year.[3] Each year men from Ness district sail from the port to Sula Sgeir in the Atlantic Ocean in order to collect young gannets for food.[4] The event, which was first recorded in the 16th century,[5] is now licensed by the Scottish government.[6]

The Clach Stein standing stones are situated just to the north of the settlement.[7][8]

The boathouse at the harbour features in the Peter May novels, The Blackhouse and The Lewis Man.[9]


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