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Loch Insh Sunrise

‘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.’

I do love a good sunrise swim, but there is a reason this one is so special. We are just coming out of full lockdown and tomorrow is the first day that we are allowed to travel 5 miles from home for exercise, and ‘wild swimming’ has been listed as one of the activities we are now officially allowed to partake in. Brimming with anticipation I set my alarm for 3:50 am and try to get some sleep.

Arriving at the loch the water is perfectly still. Not a single ripple disturbs its surface. There is a pre-dawn glow in the air and the mist hangs low over the surface of the loch.

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Unable to wait until sunrise I get is for a first dip, breaking the glasslike surface and creating silver ripples as I move through the water. I am mesmerised by the view in front of me. It is like something from another world.

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As the light starts to change we look east to see the sky turn to gold. I move across to another little beach and get back in, this time hypnotised by the sun rising before me.

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I swim. I stop. I gaze at the rising sun.

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Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth! I am spellbound.

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I swim through the liquid gold.

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Life is such a roller coaster. It is never going to be perfect. It is going to have plenty of rough spots (and goodness, there have been a lot of those recently!) but also now and then the possibility of experiencing a perfect moment... a Loch Insh sunrise.

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