A great day out in Harris today for 6 adventurers (Katie, Zoe, Phil, Kelly, Kellys partner & myself), starting from Hushinish with a walk over the hill to Traigh Mheilein, followed by a swim over to Scarp for a look round the village before heading back. Then a fresh water dip in the Maraig river pool. What a fantastic Friday with like minded folk...
A great morning for a coastal swim at one of my favourite beaches on Lewis, Giordail. Headed round the sea stacks and through the natural arch, then onto the tunnel for a swim through that. Plenty of wildlife on the go and also a warship (HMS Albion seemingly) heading into Broadbay as well as a chinook passing over. Duckman was saying 11.6 degrees.
Had to stop off for a dook in the pool on the well flowing Maraig river today. Very invigorating for sure. Duckman was saying 10.5 degrees...Great spot for a freshen up....
What a place for a swim camp. Swam from Bosta beach to Little Bernera, walking over to a wee cove and then back in the sea again, towing my waterproof rucksack behind me. Went for a wander before setting up camp at Chapel Beach. At night I was lying under the milky way, watching the northern lights with the odd shooting star also adding to the enjoyment. In the morning had a pre breakfast skins swim, then packed kit away as the heavy rain was starting, a quick cuppa and it was time to head off swimming from Chapel beach round through the kyles and back to Bosta beach. Life is good with swim camping...been planning this for years and am very thankful to the people who have advised me on kit etc...
Thanks to Lorraine & Iain for getting in touch for a swim when they were up on holiday. Iain took photo's while Lorraine and myself had a splash about in the waves. Great fun at Garry beach. Duckman was saying 12.9 degrees.
Ace time with Donna on a coastal trip out to the Shiants via Seafari. Gordy even let me have a swim through the arch out there. Saw dolphins, eagles and loads more. Photo's and video to follow. ...Really recommend this trip...Video on the right hand side.....21.09.2019
Great afternoon at Coll beach for a dook with visitors Luca & Lily along with Katie & Alison. Lily stayed on shore looking after Alison's Dog. Stayed in for about 15 minutes with some playing in the waves too. Great fun...
Thanks to some of the Lochbroom Wild Swimmers Group for coming out for a swim with me at the Jetty in Ullapool. A Heb Sea Swimmer on tour. Great way to spend some time before catching the ferry back to Stornoway. Nice swim round the boats with Seth, Kathryn and Tom. 16.09.2019
Photo's from the Highland Open Water Swim Corryvreckan Swim event. Really recommend this to swimmers. We were all very well looked after. A great day out with a superb bunch of people and exciting to do, swimming from Jura over to Scarba. Duckman was thrilled to get across! 15.09.2019
My photo's from swims in Loch Awe, Loch Avich, over to Easdale Island and a swim under the Bridge over the Atlantic. Great day out with Colleen Blair and Colin Mackinnon. What a laugh we had....14.09.2019
My photo's from a swim in Loch Oich and around Castle Stalker with swim chum Colin Mackinnon. Scotland really is an awesome place to swim. Duckman enjoyed his holidays...13.09.2019
Great afternoon swimming with Mike Shucksmith at Garry beach while his wife Bridget went for a walk over the bridge to nowhere to take in the views. Mike & myself were stunned by the amount of sand eels around the inlet, thousands of them. Just love open water swimming with the things that you see. Check out the video on the right hand side for a look at the sand eels.
My photo's from swimming with the group of visiting Fife Wild Swimmers at Carnish, Uig, Isle of Lewis. Great choice of beach and one I hadn't been to myself before. Crystal clear waters and loved the swim round the island, thanks for the invite. Duckman was saying 13.7 degrees average. Safe travels home and hope to see you's again in the future...
What a day for an introduction to open water swimming. Great lesson with Rose, Jean & Owen at Coll beach. Job well done folks...Duckman was saying 14.4 degrees. Click here for website details: SurfLewis & Harris - Open Water Swimming
Great suggestion by Mike & Jayne for a quick skins swim at Coll beach this afternoon. Was good to be back at my training ground again. It's been a while. Won't leave it so long till the next time. Duckman was saying 12.9 degrees average. Think Mike's Crab needs an MOT @ 24 degrees???
Cracking day for an intro to open water swimming lesson with Donnie at Horgabost beach. Duckman was saying 14.2 degrees on average. Click here for website details: SurfLewis & Harris - Open Water Swimming
Had time to stop off at my favourite waterfall for a dook in the pool. Great flow going with all the rainfall we've had recently. Stunning views...Duckman was saying 14 degrees..
Great day out in Pairc,South Lochs with Stuart, with a swim in Loch Gaineamhaich then a slog over the moor to Loch Shanndabhat swimming through the small channel to Loch Mhor Stiomrabhaigh. Getting out and following the river to the deserted village of Stiomrabhaigh (an oasis in the middle of moorland) for a look around before heading across to Loch Shaghachain for the final swim of the day with a walk back to the beautiful village of Orinsay. Duckman was saying anything from 13.6-14.5 degrees. Not forgetting 2 eagles, a buzzard and a large bird preying on a smaller bird (not sure if it got away) and a white throated diver. Stunning scenery! Click here for info on Stiomrabhaigh
Luskentyre was looking a bit moody this morning but great fun was had in the waves with Rob & Megan. Duckman was saying 13.8 degrees. Click here for website details: SurfLewis & Harris - Open Water Swimming
Photo's from the swim trip on the Mv Cuma to some of the islands off the Western Isles. Great times with a great bunch of like minded people. 17th-23rd August 2019. Click here for the Island Cruising website link
Fantastic afternoon for an Introduction to Open Water Swimming session at Coll beach with Lauren, Sarah, Christopher, Fleming and Gillian. The sun was out and glancing through the sea onto the sand below the surface. Love seeing kids enjoying the open water safely and we all had fun catching waves on the way back in. Duckman was saying 14.5 degrees on average. Click here for website details: SurfLewis & Harris - Open Water Swimming
A great afternoon of coastal swimming at traigh mhor (Tolsta) with Stuart & Ed. Sea was a tad too choppy for exploration of the caves and even the arch was not suitable for swimming through. You have to know when to say no. We did get through between the sea stacks for some further exploring on the other side. I was testing out the knuckleduster camera attachment that my brother Duncan made on his 3D printer. It worked really well with the lanyard. Duckman was saying 13.4 degrees on average. Good laugh in the surf coming back in to shore. So much to see and do there. Definitely be back for more coastal swim fun...
Superb evening for a coastal swim at Garrabost with Stuart & Ed, starting off from the old slipway and working our way around some of the coast between rocks and through the arch. Some place for exploring. Loads of jellyfish though. Duckman was saying 14.4 degrees on average. We'll be back again for more...Check out the video on the right hand side.
Great intro to open water swimming session with Andrea & Scott at Swordale bay this afternoon. Nice and sheltered from the Northerly wind. Plenty to see below the surface and we even saw a couple of seals too. Duckman was saying 14.2 degrees.
A morning for double dipping starting with a skins swim with Ed at the Braighe in some good waves followed by a wetsuit swim with Joseph at Holm, which was a lot calmer. Duckman was saying 15.4 degrees at the Braighe and 14.4 degrees at Holm. Some difference in the conditions....
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