One of the world’s leading open water swimmers is set to visit Bute this week to help promote a conference on the subject taking place at Mount Stuart later this year.
Adam Walker, known to at least some aficianados of the pursuit as ‘Mad Adam’, is spending two days in Scotland training for the last leg of his biggest test yet - the Oceans Seven Challenge, comprising seven marathon sea swims across the world.
He’ll visit Mount Stuart and Rothesay Joint Campus on the morning of Wednesday, June 11, before undertaking a four-hour swim at Stravanan Bay on the island’s west coast from around 12.30pm.
Open water swimming is growing in popularity in Scotland, with more than 3,200 people expected to take part in open water coaching sessions during the course of this year at venues including Bardowie Loch near Glasgow, Loch Lomond and Strathclyde Park.
Adam’s Oceans Seven Challenge has already seen him complete swims across the English Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar, the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, the Catalina Channel in California, the Tsugaru Channel between the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, and most recently the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand - where a pod of dolphins protected him from a shark.
The last part of the challenge is a swim across the Irish Sea, which he plans to undertake in August, before appearing as one of the headline speakers at the World Open Water Swimming Association’s Global Open Water Swimming Conference at Mount Stuart on September 20 and 21.