Outdoor Swim Review: Butt Of Lewis (Iain)

Is there a minimum distance I have to swim before I can say I went for a swim?

Usain Bolt does 100m and I bet he says he went for a run.

The olympics has a 50M freestyle event so I will declare that the minimum distance required. In that case, I can say I went for a swim at Port Stoth Beach. It is the most northerly beach in the Western Isles.

And the day I visited it was also the beach the beach with most Jellyfish! There was hundreds of them. I don’t know much about jellyfish other than what Andrew wrote here https://twinbikerun.com/2016/12/01/the-one-with-jellyfish-in-it/

But I do know not to mess with things I don’t know about so as soon as I spotted them I turned around and I swam back to the beach.


Ease of Access:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ness is 45 minutes from Stornoway. There is a parking spot beside the beach. It is a 2 minute walk from there to the sea.

Water quality:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The water quality is crustal clear and perfect for swimming (if there was no jelly fish)

Swim Quality:

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Hard to tell. I didn’t swim for long enough.

Other People:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Not a soul

Would I go back: Yes. I’d like to try swimming further than 50m

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