Posted by: wildswimmers | February 24, 2012

First double swim day of 2012

A delightful Spring morning here in Argyll and Lottie, myself and 3 doggies did a 2 hour walk round the fresh water loch nearby.  The sunlight sparkled magically on the loch, almost dazzling us, as we are quite unused to this after such a gloomy winter.  We felt our spirits rise and, of course, we had to have a swim.  So we both had a “diplet” which is a very quick swim, not even a dip, just a few strokes in the dark icy water, and this had a magical, uplifting, tingly effect.  Later on in the day, after various chores had been done, I ventured forth into the choppy sea and swam across the bay, just in time to see the sun dipping down behind Jura.  Halfway through my swim I asked myself – “Am I cold?” – and the answer was “No, I feel floaty, free and fabulous!”.  And this is why I swim.

Hazel catkins at Loch Coille Bharr


Little snowdrops by the water's edge



  1. Hello Iona!
    I have only just discovered your lovely blog,and have spent the last half hour immersing myself in your Sound of Jura swimming and remembering some wonderful swims up there. Your words make me smile and long to be looking across at the Paps at eye level with the water. I have added you to ‘my favorites’…….which is a great honour that you share with Devon Dispatches and (sadly) Nat West Personal Banking!!
    Hopefully see you in April
    Anna xx


  2. Lovely! Spring has hit down here too, and it’s having a rejuvenating effect on us all. We went swimming in the sea yesterday lunchtime, and eventually returned home at 8pm after a long beach chat and a 3 mile walk to the pub and back. There were naked kids on the beach! x


  3. charming and evocative – the wild swimming seems to combine nature, beauty and spirit, I can’t think of a more maginificant place to be doing than where you are:)


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