Councillors will tonight (Wednesday June 26th) record their congratulations for swimmer Colin Macleod, following his marathon swim across the Minch earlier this month.

Colin was dubbed ‘King of the Minch’ by his followers when he landed at Stornoway pier in the early hours of Tuesday June 11th. He had become the first man and the only islander to conquer the Minch, after swimming for 21 hours, covering 33 miles of open sea between Gairloch and Lemreway.

At tonight’s full council meeting Councillors will be asked to support a motion recognizing Colin’s achievement. It’s the second honourable mention for Colin, who was also the subject of a celebratory motion lodged by MSP Alasdair Allan in the Scottish Parliament on June 11th.

Further civic recognition is likely to follow, both for Colin and for Harris’s Paul Finnegan, who plans to tackle the same swim in July – Paul was held back from joining Colin by a chest infection which disrupted his training. He plans to raise funds for the Western Isles Community Care Forum, while Colin has racked up over £7,500 for Cancer Research ¬¬– with more still coming in.

Colin’s open water swimming skills are being put to good use later this summer, as he joins Rodney ‘Cheggs’ Jamieson at the outdoor activities company Surf Lewis (, where he’ll be offering introductions to open water swimming and wild swimming adventures.

The picture shows Colin powering through the water during the Big Minch Swim and was taken by support kayaker Nellie Wilson.