Local News for Tuesday 10th October 2017
Big swim triumph for Colin
Stornoway open water swimmer Colin S Macleod has completed his latest, and toughest, sea challenge, coming ashore at Ullapool at 7.30pm on Sunday to the sound of pipes and cheers from supporters. Colin and Norman Todd from Ullapool swam from Achlochan by Achiltibuie to Ullapool – 14 miles of cold Highland seas including the length of Loch Broom – a swim that hasn't been done before in autumn cold seas. The swim was meant to highlight the potential for wild swimming and to support the Living Seas Project, which carries out beach cleans and conserves and promotes north west Highlands sealife. The duo, who admitted they had ‘never been so cold’, came ashore in the dark but were greeted by a good crowd on the beach at Ullapool. Colin later had to get aboard the freight crossing on the MV Loch Seaforth to be back in Stornoway in time for work at 9am yesterday. They’ve raised more than three times the amount they aimed for, with £2,865 given via JustGiving, all of which will be donated to highland 'Dolphin Snorkellers' – a project that teaches kids how to snorkel and takes them out into the sea to see marine life first-hand.