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GuGa Hunter Miller for KDM Hire Cookstown 100

 



Coming from a somewhat remote   part of Scotland, Scott Miller could be forgiven for not getting into motor cycle racing! Miller, grew up on the Isle of Lewis, in a small village called Ness, which is part of the Guga Hunting Community.

 

The Isle of Lewis is a place where the culture and traditions of many hundreds of years have been passed down the generations. Many traditions and habits still prevail today - which is perhaps why the island and the islanders themselves are really interesting.

The islanders are lovely people with a quiet nature. Many still speak Gaelic as well as English - and there are many traditions that are local to the specific areas of the Western Isles. One of these is the "Guga Hunting" which is carried out by the men of Ness situated at the most Northerly point of the Tip of The Isle of Lewis.

 

Miller now resides in Inverness, but still has strong ties with the Island.

 

Despite the location, Off road riding was a favourite pastime amongst the locals, and despite messing on bikes, it was 2013 before Scott took part in any sort of competition.

 

Having managed to secure his licence, 31 year old Miller has now competed n many road races, including the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 and Manx Grand Prix.

 

Road racing is more Scotts scene now, as He only does a few circuits in Scotland now.

 

Miller, who works as an ROV pilot technician for Technip, which means working away from home , and this in turn makes attending all the races in a season a  bit of a struggle,  but like all racers, somehow manages to work around this to suit as best as possible .

 

“I love racing at the KDM Hire Cookstown 100, its a great wee circuit, fast , and theres something about the crowds, lining the circuit, creates a brilliant atmosphere, cracking little circuit, and the organizers cannot do enough to help you!”

 

The former best newcomer at the Southern 100, will this year have a 600 Yamaha added to his stable, along with his 400 and supertwin., all Scott is aiming for is to have a safe and successful day, if he can improve on last years speeds, he will be a happy chappy!

 All the dreams can only come true, with the help of fanatsatic friends and sponsors;, so Big Thank You to  ;

My Girlfriend Alicia for being so patient and supporting me through my racing.

Kalhala Aviation, Braevellie Luxury apartments, Ian Murray Motor Repairs (IMMR)

GDK Signs, Highland Vinyl Craft, Sands Hotel Orkney, Road +Track Motorcycle services.

DANDA Groundworks and Alex Gunn Joinery.

 

 

 



Reflecting back to the “guga hunters”  this is an interesting age old tradition and still a big part of the Ness community;
Sula Sgeir is a small, uninhabited Scottish island in the North Atlantic, 18 kilometres (11 miles) west of North Rona. One of the most remote islands of the British Isles, it lies more than forty miles (64 kilometres) north of Lewis and is best known for its population of gannets.

 

Although seemingly very inhospitable to humans, there is a ruined stone bothy called Taigh Beannaichte (Blessed House) on the east headland Sgeir an Teampaill. The hard gneiss rock of which the island is made splits into long pieces, which are excellent for building bothies and cairns, but the hard rough boulders and sharp rocks make for difficult walking.

 

The sea has burrowed right through the southern part of the island in a series of interconnected and spectacular caves which can be explored in calm weather by inflatable. The small lighthouse on the south end at Sròn na Lice is regularly damaged by the huge seas which break right over the rock during Atlantic storms.

 

Despite this there is a surprising amount of vegetation, and the thrift is especially colourful in June, which is probably the best month to visit.[7]

 

Baylon McCaughey

 

 

 

Programme of Events KDM Hire ‘Cookstown 100’ 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 27th April

 

Classic Bike Run

 

Sign on from 6.30pm in Burn Road Car Park leaving 7.15pm

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 28th April

 

Practice Day

 

Roads Close 12 noon

 

 

 

Saturday 29th April

 

Race Day

 

Roads Close 10.00am

 

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