Three men have completed a formidable 21 mile long swim from Flannan Isles to Uig
Colin S Macleod, Ed Smith, and Stuart Baird swam in relay formation from Eilean Mòr,
the main island in the Flannan group, to Uig.
The mystery of the remote Flannans when three lighthouse keepers vanished without
trace nearly 117 years ago has inspired poems, songs, an opera and even a forthcoming
movie, but never before did it motivate attempts at a fund raising charity challenge.
Each swimmer represented one of the three lighthouse keepers who vanished from the
rocky outpost in December 1900.
Plans to spend the night in the exposed lighthouse on the highest spot 90 metres
above the sea were curtailed when the weather deteriorated so the trio came off the
island snatched some sleep in the support boat before their early morning start.
Each man took a turn for 45 minutes then rested onboard the MV Cuma support boat
from Island Cruising, skippered by Murdanie MacDonald, until it was time to go back
in the water again.
They were supported by three kayakers to guide them along during the swim.
Closer to the Uig coast a riptide worked against them, slowing down progress.
Eventually they arrived at Ardoil beach on Monday night.