Inter Island Challenge underway today

A group of cyclists, kayakers and a swimmer will this weekend traverse the Western Isles in the Inter Island Challenge, to raise money for charity The Leanne Fund.

The epic feat kicked off early this morning (Saturday, June 15th) at 4.15am when Donald Smith started the first cycle leg from Vatersay to the Barra ferry terminal.

There he’ll pass the baton to kaykers Alistair Glover and Saul Hindson who will cover the Sound of Barra, before Darren Smith takes up the second cycle from Eriskay.

Donald and Darren will take turns cycling through the Uists and Benbecula, then it’s back to Saul and Alistair to kayak the Sound of Harris.

And for the final cycle leg, Donald and Darren will speed through Harris and Lewis - aiming to finish at the Port of Ness Lighthouse at some point this evening.

Meanwhile, swimmer Colin Macleod will be attempting to swim the Sound of Barra this afternoon, with relief swimmer Chris Baker and support kayaker Pj Maclachlan, leaving from Eoligarry Pier on Barra at around 3.30pm with the aim to reach Eriskay Ferry Terminal anytime between 6.30pm and 7.30pm tonight.

And tomorrow Colin takes on the notorious tidal stretch of the Sound of Harris, leaving Berneray around 7am to 8am and landing on Harris where suitable.

It’s a tough challenge, but one those involved are up for, so if you’re in the islands this weekend and pass the cyclists or wish to show your support and welcome Colin back on dry land, give them a wave and a shout!

Lewis based charity The Leanne Fund was set up in 2009 in memory of Leanne Mitchell from Point.

The Fund provides a unique opportunity for young people with Cystic Fibrosis to treat themselves to something special or to do somethihng really special - a chance to create happy memories.

To find out more and donate to the Inter Island Challenge in aid of The Leanne Fund, please visit or (||Click to visit}