Posted by: wildswimmers | October 28, 2014

Otter Autumn Storm Swim in Loch na Cille

Fortified by porridge and an extra hour in bed, and undeterred by the wind (well that was the reason for today’s swim!) or the rain (an unfortunate by-product), Iona, Lottie and Martin met at Danna this morning to enjoy the brisk south westerly wind. It was mid-tide but the springs and the surge from the recent high winds meant that the water was still quite high, and there was a big pile of seaweed further up the jetty, left over from yesterday’s high water.

As we walked down the jetty to check the swell, Lottie in her DryRobe was almost lifted off the ground like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, but just about managed not to be whisked away. As we stood on the jetty we were treated to the sight of a small otter swimming through the waves. Oblivious to our presence, it dived under for another crab and up again, moving effortlessly through the choppy water, and continued past the jetty, just 6 or 8 feet away from us. The perfect inspiration for our own swim.

Off came the coats and hats and in we jumped to the turbulent water. There was a good swell as we swam across to the middle of the bay, massaged by the moving water. Iona went swimming off in search for the otter, while Lottie and Martin admired the dark shapes of Jura. A brief shower while we were in the water enhanced the quality of the surface, and as we swam back round to the shore, we were greeted by Dannach the Dog, powering through the water to join us.

Was it fun? Yes. Was it bouncy? Yes. Was it cold? Only briefly … in fact, the water is still pretty warm … so, we’re already looking forward to the next one! Then it was off to Mid Danna to warm up and replace the burnt-off calories.

Photos courtesy of Ewan and Iona.

Guest post by Martin aka “Danna Dooker” 

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  1. Looks like you all had great fun!

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