Big Minch Swim
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 (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.