Swimming at Calgary
Swimming at Calgary is Somerset’s way of switching off and relaxing.
Pick your time
Somerset tries to decide when to go for a swim based on the tides. He prefers not to swim at low tide, though if it is the only time he can go for a swim he will. (It just means wading out further to get into deeper water). Usually it depends on what time he finishes work.
Tide watching: I use this website to find out when the high and low tides are. Ulva Sound is the nearest place to Treshnish.
I am doing a project photographing the sands at Calgary at different tides. Watching the patterns changing and the sand shapes shift with each incoming tide, and the effects the storms can have. Legally you cannot fly a drone over people (and I wouldn’t want to disturb them anyway) so I have to pick times either early morning or in the evenings when the beach is empty.
Last night we went down at 6.30 and the beach was almost deserted. There were two or three people at the far end so it was safe for me to fly. Which I did. From the machair where I have a good view of anyone coming close. Just as I was flying back over the machair from where I took off, a couple walked along the beach. I asked them to wait for me to land before coming through the gate.
Somerset had the sea to himself. A wonderful feeling.
Wild swimming is undertaken entirely at your own risk. You must assess the location and the conditions at the time to ensure you can swim safely, according to your own ability. Please note this blog describes our personal experiences and does not claim the locations we write about are suitable for anyone else’s ability or experience.