Scotswoman plans solo Minch swim

A Scotswoman is planning on diving into the record books by becoming the first solo swimmer to cross The Minch when she takes to the water this week.

Colleen Blair, 36, from Aberfeldy, is keeping a keen eye on the weather forecasts for a window to take on the challenge where she will swim from Stornoway to the mainland - and without a wetsuit.

Her swimming CV already boasts a solo swim across the English Channel and she is taking to the water to raise cash for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Ms Blair is to take to the water under the rules of open swimming which dictate she will not be allowed to wear a wetsuit during the attempt and she will only be allowed a cap and swimming costume.

Speaking earlier this week Ms Blair estimated a time of 15 to 18-hours to complete the swim although she is allowing for 24 hours depending on weather and sea conditions.

In 2012 a team of eight swimmers became the first group to ever swim across the Minch as they took it in 45-minute turns, relay style, to complete the near 27-mile route.