Highlands & Islands

Aberfeldy woman in first Minch solo swim bid

Big Minch Swim swimmer
One of the Big Minch Swim challenge team during a crossing of the Minch in 2012

A woman plans to make the first solo swim of the Minch between the Isle of Lewis and the Scottish mainland.

Colleen Blair, 36, from Aberfeldy, has previously swum across the Channel, the Pentland Firth and the North Channel.

She hopes to complete her latest attempt in 24 hours sometime in the next three weeks.

In 2012, a team of eight people took it in turns to swim across the Minch from Ullapool on the mainland to Stornoway on Lewis.

Ms Blair expects to swim about 27 miles (43 km). The challenge will raise money for the RNLI.

Eilidh Macdonald
Eilidh Macdonald swam across the Little Minch in 2010

She will be supported on the crossing by a member of Lochinver RNLI.

The Big Minch Swim in 2012 was also done in aid of the RNLI.

On the way they had close encounters with a large unidentified whale, porpoises, an orca and seals.

The team members took it in turns in the water for 45 minutes at a time, before they all later got a chance to swim into Stornoway Harbour.

In 2010, part-time swimming instructor Eilidh Macdonald, from Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, become the first person to swim the Little Minch between the Scottish islands of Harris and Skye.

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