The Wild Highlanders group was born from a small association of local folk already enjoying wild swimming and keen to meet and swim and explore the rivers, firths and lochs of the Highlands in a social context. The group has grown, but the focus on simply getting out there and swimming and having fun with a supportive bunch of like-minded individuals is unchanged. I am simply one of those individuals, a Wild Highlander.
Captivated by the open water swimming bug since 2011, I have been setting my sights on longer or more interesting swim adventures. I seek out the crossings and the end-to-end swims as being more personally satisfying than simple circuit swim events, and I still love finding interesting dipping places with massive scenic appeal. I’m a 40-something mum of three who should know better, but I am addicted to the buzz I get from cold water immersion. I’ve already done some cool swims, including Alcatraz, Loch Earn, Lake Pukaki…. but the coolest was the ice mile. It’s time to start recording my swimming adventures, the when, the how and the why.
I don’t yet know where this sport will take me, but I want to start logging some of my more notable swimming adventures. Maybe my girls will be interested in reading about these adventures one day, and maybe then they will understand why ‘crazy lady’ is not quite the right moniker for their mum.
Wild Highlanders swim in many locations and at various times throughout the year. However we do have a regular swim slot – a group will usually be found swimming in Loch Ness on Saturday mornings throughout the year. Meet 10am Dores Beach.