Stephen Drew

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Posted on 02/01/2014


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Staffin Island from Stenscholl

Staffin Island from Stenscholl
Possibly the last island in Scotland where cattle swim between grazings. The crofter makes the cattle swim out to the island in spring, and back to Skye in October. He now uses a boat to accompany the animals, but he used to swim with them.

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10 comments - The latest ones
Heather Leslie Ross
Heather Leslie Ross
Wow how interesting ! I didn't know that.
Lovely shot
4 years ago.
Stephen Drew
Stephen Drew
Thanks Heather
4 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Beautifully composed.
4 years ago.
Stephen Drew has replied to Jaap van 't Veen
Thank you
4 years ago.
tarboat
tarboat
Why don't they swim back once he has gone home?
4 years ago.
Stephen Drew
Stephen Drew
Ha ha! I suspect they're happy with what they have when they get there, and are probably too tired to swim back. Good question though
4 years ago.
Rhisiart Hincks
Rhisiart Hincks
fascinating. Cattle used to be driven across the tidal Dyfi estuary near me but it is very dangerous unless you know the tide!
4 years ago.
Stephen Drew has replied to Rhisiart Hincks
Quite an amazing thing, Rhisiart. Something I hadn't heard of until fairly recently
4 years ago.
spacemouses
spacemouses
I think some still swim Harris to Scarp.
4 years ago.
Stephen Drew has replied to spacemouses
Really? Good to hear it hasn't died out completely. I wonder if this is a UK thing, or if other countries have similar traditions
4 years ago.