Season finale swim camp outing for me in 2020. A short 500m swim across to Seaforth Island and a bog slog round the side before dropping my Lomo bag to get a quick peak down Loch Seaforth out to the Minch, before ascending to the summit of Seaforth Island (8425th highest peak in Scotland, 14177th highest in the British Isles) and pitched my tent just down from it, to shelter from the wind. Half of the island is on Lewis, half is on Harris. Think there was disputes back in the day as to who it actually belonged to. Beautiful place and stunning views all around. Saw 4 eagles, 3 (possible) moorhens, 1 deer, loads of sea urchins and 1 starfish. Will be back for sure.
Cracking swim at the mouth of the river creed with Jo today. Fresh water from the river making it feel cold till you hit the salt water further out. Need to get a new Duckman. 2 laps round the island and a fair few looks from passerby's.....600 metres towards the Polar Bear Challenge, making it 5.3k for the month.
Good swim at the Ui Church this morning with Jo & Catherine. Party tow float was on the go. 400metres, bringing my polar bear challenge total for November so far to 4.7k.
Bayble beach not failing to disappoint again with a rich variety of colours and wildlife this morning. Sea temp was about 11 degrees, air 7 but with a bit of a biting wind chill. Great swim with great company. 500metres towards PBC, 4.3k total so far for November.
Fabulous morning swim down at Bayble beach with a stunning backdrop of the mainland hills. Fantastic! 800metres. That's 3.8k Artic total so far in November towards the Polar Bear Challenge.
Great swimcamp outing with Stuart, going from Lemreway pier over to Eilean Liubhaird/Ewart (Hell Island), landing at the bay at Seanna-Bhaile (Old Town) before going for a wander around to find somewhere to set camp for the night. We also visited the Taigh a' Gheumpaill (Lone House) and were totally stunned by the panoramic views from the island. We’ll definitely be back for more exploring next year. We had a campfire on the shore, watching satellites and a couple of planes going overhead, seeing the milky way and spotting 4 shooting stars each. What a place! We’ll definitely be back for more exploring next year.
The island has fantastic history surrounding it, some of it involving Bonnie Prince Charlie, which can be read here:
A nice fresh but mild breeze this morning down at the Ui Church end of the Braighe. Malcolm and myself managed to get our 3rd 1k swim done today as part of the Artic Polar Bear Challenge we're doing. Cracking way to start the day with great company and stunning surroundings. Duckman was saying 9.8 degrees.
Cracking swim down on the Minch side of the Braighe this morning. Malcolm and myself clocked in another 1k for our Polar Bear Artic challenge. Need to get a new battery for duckman as he wasn't working today. Love seeing the birds flying around when swimming.
Parked beside the swamp monster from Scooby Doo. Had a great Monday morning swim at the Ui Church. Malcolm and myself taking part in the Polar Bear Challenge, on the Artic level, having to swim 3km a month from November to March. Today we clocked in with 1km and it felt good at Duckman's temp of 9.4 degrees. Even saw a jellyfish, thought they had all left by now.
Colin S Macleod
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