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The Minch

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The Minch (Scottish Gaelic: An Cuan Sgìth, Cuan na Hearadh, An Cuan Leòdhasach), also called North Minch, is a strait in north-west Scotland, separating the north-west Highlands and the northern Inner Hebrides from Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides. It was known as Skotlandsfjörð ("Scotland's fjord/firth") in Old Norse.

The Lower Minch[edit]

The Lower Minch (an Cuan Canach) is the Minch's southern extension, separating Skye from the lower Outer Hebrides: North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Barra etc. It opens into the Sea of the Hebrides. The Little Minch is the northern limit of the Sea of the Hebrides. The Minch and Lower Minch form part of the Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland, as defined by the International Hydrographic Organization.

Size[edit]

The Minch ranges from 20 to 45 miles (32 to 72 km) wide and is approximately 70 miles (110 km) long.

Open Water Swimming[edit]

The Big Minch Swim Videos[edit]


The Big Minch Swim was an 8-person relay performed on 24-25 June 2012 that was supported by 3 kayakers and the crew of the Mv Cuma. It was a 48.9 nautical mile marathon swimming relay from Ullapool to Stornoway in aid of the R.N.L.I. to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Stornoway Lifeboat.

The Minch[edit]

The Minch (Scottish Gaelic: An Cuan Sgitheanach, An Cuan Sgìth, Cuan na Hearadh, An Cuan Leòdhasach) is also called North Minch and is a strait in northwest Scotland, separating the northwest Highlands and the northern Inner Hebrides from Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides. It was known as Skotlandsfjörð ("Scotland's fjord/firth") in Old Norse. The Lower Minch (an Cuan Canach), also known as the Little Minch, is the Minch's southern extension, separating Skye from the lower Outer Hebrides: North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Barra etc. It opens into the Sea of the Hebrides. The Little Minch is the northern limit of the Sea of the Hebrides.

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