Heb Sea Swimmers outing from Bosta beach to Little Bernera. Tide was in our favour, so we swam through the kyles and some of us landed at Chapel beach and walked over to the lagoon. It's a beautiful island for sure. Duckman was saying 13.6 degrees averag
Another cracking day for a pre work swim. The sky looked amazing this morning. Swimming with Mhairi always keeps me on my toes as she is fast. No sign of any jellyfish. Duckman was saying 13 degrees. 2.6km @ 42 minutes.
I wonder if the beach missed me as much as I've missed it? Out for a pre work relaxing swim this morning. Cracking way to start the day in the mill-pond conditions. Duckman saying 12.8 degrees. 5.08km @ 1hr37 mins.
Photo's from the 2018 St Kilda Swim trip, 11th-17th August 2018. Amazing bunch of folk involved all round. We swam at Scarp, Loch Resort, Village Bay, Monachs, Taransay & Cearstaigh. Finished off with a swim at Garry Beach. Packed a lot into our time. Thanks to Murdanie, Michaela & Garry for looking after all of us (Island Cruising). Photo's taken by Donna, Stuart, John, Pete, Jo, Eilidh, Murdanie & Myself.
Donald and myself managed 1st team in the local 3rd Hebridean Triathlon today. Thanks to all the helpers (Surf Lewis and Harris, Coastguards, BASF, digger drivers, communities, marshalls, family and friends) who made the event run smoothly. This event couldn't happen without their support...Well done to all who took part too, total stars...
Nice walk down to the shore at Shulishader this afternoon with Donna & Loki. It would make a great place for a tidal pool and I'll be back here for a swim for sure. Beautiful place. Watch yourself on them steps if you plan to go...
Photo's from the Big Minch Swim 2018. Well done to Colleen Blair on becoming Queen of the Minch. Norman and myself never reached the finish due to a number of factors. I'll maybe go back another year and try again. Duckman was saying anything from 10.7 degrees to 13 degrees. I made the headlines for all the wrong reasons and there is some fake news online too....I'd also like to thank the support crew and the rescue squad. Apologies to Donna, family and friends who were worried sick till they knew I was ok. Was quite the day/night. 30 miles of swimming, over 20 hours in the sea. Fingers are crossed that Paul Finnegan completes his attempt this year. He's a great guy. theminchswims.co.uk/
Nice chill out swim at Garry beach this afternoon with Colleen, Norman, Roisin, Laura & Simon. Bit of exploring around the coast. High tide was too low to swim all the way through the sea stack. Duckman was saying 13.5 degrees.
Wee 5k swim down at Coll beach this morning before work. Pet hate of having to walk so far to swim :) few jellies up near the caravan park end. Duckman was saying 12.5 degrees on average. 5.07km @ 1hr 31mins
Fantastic walk down to Sialabhig Mor with Donna & Ciara. A beautiful beach in the middle of nowhere. Had to have a wee swim too. Duckman was saying a more than tropical 17.4 degrees on average.
Nice coastal walk with Joseph & Loki this afternoon. Investigating new swim spots & will be back there for sure for a dook at Shulishader. Steps down/up (even on a dry day) need care & attention when walking on. Nice caves & Stunning scenery..
Wee swim over at the Heb Tri loch this evening. Got totally blinded by the sun on the way back and ended up at the wrong bay, lol. Duckman was saying 13.5 degrees. 1.83km @ 34mins
A beautiful beach for surfers but not advisable for swimmers, on the West Side of Lewis lies Dalmore Beach. In a recent article in the Scotsman Newspaper (https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/travel/best-places-to-go-wild-swimming-scotland-1-4754924), written by Robert Hamilton, who obviously did not research the area properly or approach the local Hebridean Sea Swimmers Group for advice on where to swim. Mr Hamilton recommends that people swim at Dalmore beach, where a Danger sign warning of strong under currents is nailed to the gate, visible for all to see . It is a beautiful beach, only 30 minutes from the main port of Stornoway, though as founder of the Hebridean Sea Swimmers group, it’s not somewhere I would recommend to people for swimming due to the (noted) strong under currents. I mean, how could you sleep if something happened to someone here? I would recommend beaches like Coll, Gress, Ghioradail, Traigh Mhor, Riof, Mealista, Hushinish, Mealista, Horgabost, Seilebost, Temple beach and they are just on Lewis & Harris. If anyone would like to join the Hebridean Sea Swimmers, you can find us on Facebook by searching for the group…Swim safe and Never alone..
Great swim at Garry beach today with Colin. Also met Alasdair & Kathryn there too. Alasdair came with us for a swim through the sea stack cave. Colin and myself went for a wee bit of coastal swimming. Duckman was saying 10.5 degrees average.
Fantastic walk in the Harris hills with Colin, Stuart, Ep & Laura for a swim across Loch a Ghlinne, Loch Crabhadail, Loch na Cliofa, Caolas an Scarp and a wee dip at Hushinish beach. 8km walk & 7.24km swim overall. Duckman says 11.5-13.5 degrees.
Thanks to De Tha Dol for the articles on the Little Minch Swim, in their Harris Community Newsletter.
Sea was like a millpond this morning. Nice and toasty too, though it was pretty manky up past the river towards the caravan park with lots of floaters..Duckman was saying a balmy 13.4 degrees average. 5.03km @ 1hr45mins
Photo's from the Little Minch Swim. Waternish Point (Skye) to Rodel (Harris). 11 hours of swimming & feeding. 17.5 miles distance. Duckman was saying 10.1 degrees average...
Thanks to Stuart for coming along this morning, we swam into the cave then did some coastal swimming round towards Traigh Mhor, swimming into caves, was great, investigating new places. Duckman was saying 11.5 degrees.
Tapering off (skins) swim this morning at Coll beach before the Little Minch Swim on Sunday. Duckman was saying 11.5 degrees. 4.05km @ 1hr 28 mins
Had a nice chilled lap of Coll beach this morning. Usual dog walkers around & about. Duckman was saying a costa del coll temp of 12.5 degrees in the sea. 2.56km @ 55mins.
What a morning for a refreshing skins swim down at Coll beach. Duckman was saying a more than tropical 11.5 degrees. 5.02km @ 1hr 46mins.
Cracking day for (hopefully) the last long distance training swim before the Little Minch Swim next weekend. Thanks to Stuart for joining me for a lap. Duckman was saying 9.6 degrees. 17.5km @ 5hrs 49 mins.
A few photo's from this mornings swim at Coll beach. Can see the quads marks from whoever was out last night. Duckman was saying 8 degrees. It's starting to warm up for sure. 5.08k @ 1hr 37mins.
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