27th July – 2nd August 2019 **FULLY BOOKED**
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The Outer Hebrides - A Wild Swimmers Paradise!
Join SwimWild on an unforgettable swimming expedition as we explore the islands that make up the Northern Outer Hebrides. From Great and Little Bernera and the islands around Loch Roag to Scotland’s ultimate Island on the Edge, St Kilda, we will swim amongst some of Britain’s most spectacular landscapes, all whilst living on board the MV Cuma, a former scientific research vessel.
With their white sandy beaches, remote coastlines and incredible wildlife, the Outer Hebrides have been described as some of the wildest and beautiful islands on earth – a paradise for wild swimmers! Based on the wonderful MV Cuma, under the expert captaincy of Murdo Macdonald, we will have all week to swim and explore these spectacular islands.
The weather will play a major part in the week’s itinerary and will largely dictate what happens each day. St Kilda is notoriously difficult to visit, but the beauty of having a week aboard the MV Cuma is that Murdo can choose the best weather to give us the best chance of making it out to the remote island archipelago.
This will be a truly epic expedition and an exciting opportunity for adventure swimming, wildlife watching and exploring the islands on foot.
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Start/Finish Point - Miavaig, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9HE
The boat will be available to board from midday on the 27th. We will depart Miavaig around 3pm-4pm when everyone has settled in.
On the last day (2nd) we will disembark after breakfast on Friday morning so that people can get back to Stornoway ferry terminal in time for the lunchtime ferry departure.
MV Cuma & Island Cruising
The MV Cuma was initially constructed for scientific marine research.
Comfortable accommodation is provided for 10 clients in two berth cabins each with hot and cold water. There is also separate crew accommodation. There is a large deck saloon with ample seating and large viewing windows. There are also 3 toilets and two showers. The accommodation is centrally heated throughout. The galley is equipped with gas cookers, microwave, fridge and deep freeze. There is also a tumble dryer provided – great for drying swimming costumes!
Meals - A variety of cereals and a choice of any cooked breakfast up to a full Scottish. Pack lunches are also supplied. Main meals are provided in the evening.
The Cuma's skipper, Murdo Macdonald has a lifetime's knowledge of the Outer Hebrides' seaboard. Depending on your interests and the weather conditions, Murdo will choose the best route. Michaela is renowned for her excellent cuisine and generous servings. Alcohol is not available on board but there is no problem with bringing your own. If you are getting picked up there is no problem stopping for supplies whilst at Stornoway.
For more information on the MV Cuma, take a look at the Island Cruising website, here: www.island-cruising.com
Arrival - Saturday 27th July
The MV Cuma will depart Miavaig in Loch Roag (Isle of Lewis, HS2 9HE) in the afternoon after everyone has arrived. The departure time is likely to be 3pm-4pm, in order to allow people to get the 10:30-13:00 Ullapool - Stornoway ferry. It takes around 45 minutes to drive from Stornoway to Miavaig. This will take you down to the harbour where there is plenty of space for parking. If you are not bringing a vehicle please let us know so we can arrange a pick up from Stornoway.
Departure - Friday 2nd August
We will return to Miavaig Harbour and disembark after breakfast. This should give people plenty of time to get back to Stornoway for the 14:00 ferry.