We came close. We swam IN the Sound of Harris. yeah, OK - not close at all.
I was nowhere near swim-fit enough to manage the crossing and I hadn't put enough effort into finding a support boat.
Swimming a big crossing is not something you do on a whim. It takes planning and training.
We'd been staying on Benbecula to film The Heb adventure race for The Adventure Show. It'll probably be on BBC-2 Scotland early in 2019.
We stayed an extra few days to walk and swim off the Uists and Berneray. It felt particularly poignant to take this photo. The white building is the Gatliff Trust Hostel where I stayed thirty-one years ago on my first visit to the islands.
|When I had hair...|
I've since been back to the island kayaking and now swimming. I suspect that wee white building will long outlast me. Perhaps one day I'll actually swim across the Sound of Harris from it.