Winter Swimming with Harris Tweed

Douglas Tweedos 1 Douglas Tweedos 2 Douglas Tweedos 3

The Wild Highlanders are still out and about swimming in the rapidly cooling waters of the Highlands.  Loch Ness is around 6C now, but about 14 swimmers braved the waters on Saturday morning, several of us without wetsuits, and all enjoyed the waves although perhaps not the biting wind which took the air temperature down well below zero.

It was a bit of a special swim due to the appearance of the Harris Tweed man.  Douglas is part of the team seeking to swim from Harris to St Kilda for charity in the summer of 2014 ( http://www.stkildaswim.co.uk ).  A fundraising calendar is being developed and hence the Harris Tweed shots.  A cap and jacket are all fairly normal items of Harris Tweed attire, but worn with Harris Tweed speedos?

What an experience it was watching Douglas stride purposefully into the frigid waters wearing nothing more than these very special Tweedos and then pose for photos.  Bear in mind that Douglas is normally a man of neoprene, at least two layers of the stuff.

We know how to have fun in the Highlands 🙂

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