Posted by: wildswimmers | January 27, 2012

The Swift Swimmer by Eileen

60 years ago I went for a swim from the family yacht Silver Strand which was anchored in Loch Scavaig in Skye.   Common enough now, but less so in those days, I was wearing flippers, which gave me an impressive turn of speed.  Meanwhile, ashore, the local ferryman from Elgol, having discharged his cargo of walkers and climbers, sat at his ease, watching and smoking his pipe.  As we came ashore, we stopped to chat and he asked me “Was that you I saw swimming there?”.  “Yes” I replied.  “Well” he said, gazing at me in great admiration, “I have never seen such a swift swimmer!”  Modestly I remained silent about the flippers and I wonder if he ever talked about the young girl he once saw who swam so swiftly…

Silver Strand at full speed



  1. You’ve been a swift swimmer ever since, Eileen! Looking forward to some swims with you this summer.


  2. Great story Eileen – Would love to hear more of your West Coast swimming tales!


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  4. […] Swift Swimmer is my 86 year old mum Eileen, who has loved swimming in the sea from childhood.  Last summer she […]


  5. […] Swift Swimmer has now mostly recovered from her recent illness and celebrated (naturally) by swimming!  Towards […]


  6. […] tea parties, late afternoon drinks and peaceful little snoozes.  She is an ideal base for the Swift Swimmer, who can change in comfort, have cups of tea (and quite often a nap) when she spends the day at the […]


  7. […] been coming to this beach for many years, and until recently in Silver Strand, and it’s very special to come here again; a magical place with precious memories of happy […]


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