Posted by: wildswimmers | May 29, 2016

Circumnatation Insulae Carsaig

A more perfect day could not be imagined.  The sea was like a mirror all the way to Jura and the sun shone and shone.

Sound of Jura

Sound of Jura

We set off in Captain Duggie’s terrific small fishing boat, Ros Beag, which is powered by an electric outboard motor, and thus is so quiet that all you hear is the swish of her wake as she speeds along; no exhaust, no noise, no pollution.  Fantastic.


Ros Beag, Lottie at the helm

Ros Beag, Lottie at the helm

Today’s adventure was to be a circumnatation of Carsaig Island – about 1 mile.  This was attempted and easily completed by Lottie and Martin (having first ascertained that, so far, no stinging jellyfish were present) and with some tidal assistance.

Carsaig Island

Carsaig Island

The swimmers set off.

The swimmers set off.

Dannach the dog watches

Dannach the dog watches

Clearly certain swimmers were more keen to be photographed than others and afterwards the same keen-ite was to be observed drawing further attention to himself by standing on his head for some minutes, making observations about birdlife and generally showing off!

The yoga master

The yoga master

Lottie then produced a large tupperware full of goodies, including watercress sandwiches and oatcakes.  These disappeared very quickly.  We finished off by collecting some plastic debris from a nearby beach, which we try to do as often as possible.

It has since been revealed that the yoga master (otherwise sometimes referred to as The Danna Dooker) spent the afternoon lounging in a hammock – the perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Thanks Duggie for the use of Ros Beag and Lottie for taking us out; a really memorable trip.





  1. Sounds absolutely perfect, Iona. Soooo looking forward to coming to Argyle again (whenever that may be). Great photos too.


    • Thanks so much Yaara! Are you having some lovely swims down south?


  2. a wonderful report and wonderful photographs!


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