Video, Castle Tioram Swim

Castle Tioram is an imposing presence on Loch Moidart and a popular destination for visitors to our area.

This one one of the first lochs in which we sea kayaked, taking our rented vessels out to a lovely beach at the head of the loch.

We also 'enjoyed' more than a little excitement trying to paddle around Riska Island.  I knew a lot less about tidal streams back then and hadn't appreciated how strong they can be.

Now it's one of our favourite places to swim.  We recently took a couple of friends on a mini-tour of the loch, although essentially it was a circumnavigation of Riska Island.

If you're going to do this, aim to be at the narrowest point at slack water.  Ideally, this would be a High Water slack when the loch is full of water because there are lots of shallows.  When we did it we had to settle for Low Water slack, high water being about 4am.

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