Category Archives: Special Swims

An Unexpected Incentive

Incentive to swim can come from the most unexpected source. I’m sorry to say that I had lost all enthusiasm for swimming in any shape or form after a couple of big swims in August 2016 when I was simultaneously … Continue reading

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Winter Swimming with Harris Tweed

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 … Continue reading

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English Channel success

                  Delighted to confirm that, on 6/7 October 2013, this Wild Highlander successfully swam the English Channel in 19hrs 27mins.  An amazing experience as part of an amazing team.  Huge thanks to my pilot Neil Streeter, co-pilot Sam Jones, swim … Continue reading

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36 seconds of TV fame

Apparently the romanticism of Loch Ness with the added draw of a resident monster is something of interest to the NBC television audience in the USA.  Add in a wild swimmer and a celebrity presenter and hey presto! a short TV … Continue reading

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Escaping Alcatraz

On 4 December 2012 I met Gary Emich, an intriguing man who will record his 1000th swim from Alcatraz on 11 June 2013, at the entrance to Pier 39 in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco.  It was our first morning … Continue reading

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A Scottish Ice Mile

On Sunday 3 March 2013, at Loch Achilty in the Highlands of Scotland and with an amazing support team, I swam an Ice Mile in compliance with the International Ice Swimming Association’s criteria and I not only survived, but I … Continue reading

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