‘Hi, Alice, do you fancy a sunrise swim tomorrow?’ I glance down and see the message from Euan on my screen. I double-check what time sunrise will be tomorrow. ‘YES!’ I reply, ‘See you at 4:15 am.’
On Saturday 7th March 300 swimmers gathered for the second Scottish Winter Swimming Championships at Taymouth Marina, Loch Tay. This year the championships were a truly international affair with competitors from Belgium, France, Denmark, Germany, Latvia and Finland, as well as many swimmers from all over Scotland and the UK. The water temperature on the day 4.2 degrees C and competitors ranged from 20 to 80 years old. Races included 50m breaststroke, freestyle and butterfly, as well as longer freestyle races, up to 450m.
'Emma and I are going to dip every day in December to raise money for charity’ said my friend Karen through chattering teeth after a chilly loch swim in late November, ‘are you going to join us?’ There wasn’t much to think about really - I enjoy swimming in cold water; I love raising money for charity; I can never resist a challenge – ‘Yes,’ I said, ‘absolutely!’
From the 20th – 23rd September 2019 SwimWild hosted 85 swimmers for a fun weekend of wild swimming in the Cairngorms National Park. With tickets sold out months before the event, this was by far the biggest Highland Gathering so far!
On the 27th July 2019 SwimWild guides Alice and Sarah welcomed this years swimmers onto the MV Cuma for a week of swimming adventures around the Outer Hebrides. After a safety briefing and our first couple of swims at the north end of Scarp, our skipper Murdo confirmed that conditions were good enough to attempt a sailing across to St Kilda!
On Saturday 9th March 150 swimmers gathered for SwimWild’s first big event of the year, the first ever Scottish Winter Swimming Championships at Taymouth Marina, Loch Tay. Water temperature was 4.9 degrees C and competitors ranged from 20 to 80 years old. Races included 50m breaststroke, freestyle and butterfly, as well as longer freestyle races, up to 450m.