Posted by: wildswimmers | April 25, 2018

Ticking off ten years!

Ten years ago today I took my first few scary and tentative strokes as a cold water “swimsuit only” swimmer, inspired by my friend Lottie, as I was keen to shake off some city stress.  Well it certainly did the trick and (like so many people) I loved it immediately and have kept on swimming year-round for ten years!  I now feel part of an accepting and inclusive group of friendly and brave people and have made lasting connections and friendships.  I’ve swum the Corryvreckan, competed in the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships (twice) and found new joys in storm swimming, swim safaris, hot tub swims, mindful swims and swims with wonderful wild animals – seals, otters and beavers!  The only swims I’m not so keen on are hailstorm swims – stingy and painful! I swim mostly alone and also with the Sound of Jura Swimmers – a dedicated group of hardy individuals.

I thought I’d post a few of my favourite pics (of myself!!) to mark the occasion of my 60th year of life and 10th year of swimming – and to say thank you to Lottie for getting me swimming – everyone should try it!

An Irish adventure being photographed by Caroline Darcy


Underwater antics


The Faerie Isles


Pic by Mary-Lou Aitchison


Self portrait


Starfish Bay


Oronsay – my favourite location


Colonsay – Kiloran Bay


Storm swim with Lottie

Winning a prize for slowest swimmer in endurance competition


  1. Happy birthday and happy swimming anniversary! You’re looking very good on it! xx


  2. Very guid but you missed my photo credits.

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Happy Birthday. Love the pictures, as they really show your joy.


    • Thanks Carl! It is joyful in the summer (not so much in winter!)


  4. Fabulous post thanks iona i believe I’m one of those connections uit certainly are one of mine


    • You definitely are! And I hope to see you again up in Scotland xx


  5. Here’s to the next ten years and more, and looking forward to sharing some of those swims with you. xxx.


    • Thank you Jane! And I look forward to that too xx


  6. Beautiful! We salute you! And, many happy returns to the water.


    • Thanks Martin – glad we have got winter swimming done for this year and can look forward to summer swims xx


  7. Penblwydd hapus (happy birthday)! Fabulous pictures 😊 I’ve not been able to swim for 10 months due to health issues, but plan on putting that to rights this weekend 😀


    • Thank you Hayley and get well soon! Hope you manage to get in the water this weekend x


  8. it’s been wonderful to have swum with you all these years. You’re an inspiration! Lottiexx


  9. Absolutely fabulous!!


  10. Dear Iona, 10 Glorious years of cold water and chittery bites!! You are an inspiration! As usual, wonderful to see your fantastic photos xxxxxx


  11. Gorgeous photograph Iona, thanks for your posts, great following your swims, here’s to the next ten years!


    • Thanks so much! Just turned 60 (😱) so even more determined to keep swimming. So good for you in all sorts of ways.


      • You look amazing for 60 Iona, keep that determination going, yes so good for you as you say, it’s my getaway, chill out and health kick, I’m wild swimming twice a week for autumn👍I’ll post some on my site, take care!

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