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Meet the Locals - Fliss Fraser Wild Swimming, Micro Adventures & Unique Accommodation on the Isle of Rum

Fliss Fraser has lived on Rum for over 20 years. She worked in a variety of roles across the island before setting up a guesthouse, Ivy Cottage, in 2011.

A creative person at heart, Fliss feels a strong connection to the island, its nature, and the sea surrounding them. Since moving to the island, she has never lived more than a few metres away from the sea. "There's something about the ebb and flow of the water that gets in one's veins and becomes a part of them. When away from the island, even just for a few days, I find myself longing to return home".

In recent years, wild swimming has become a significant part of her life. A chance encounter one winter got Fliss into cold water swimming. Despite living next to the sea for many years and always loving swimming, she hadn't really embraced cold water, but now she is hooked. 'I find a quick swim or dip in the morning is great for my wellbeing, and I feel truly blessed".  In 2022, she achieved STA Level 2 Open Water Swimming Coach certification and takes pride in being a Mental Health Swim Host. Last year she qualified as a breath-work coach and became a women's circle leader with The Wild Woman Project.

There are various places to hop into the water on the island - in the sea at Kinloch, the beautiful beach at Kilmory, a variety of pools and waterfalls on the rivers, and fresh water peaty hill lochs. Fliss is spending some time exploring and writing a swimming guide for Rùm, which she hopes to share soon.

Actively involved in local community development, it is a privilege for Fliss to share the island with visitors. Whether individuals are just booking accommodation and planning their own itinerary or joining her for a micro adventure, she hopes that everyone leaves with the same awe and serenity that she feels every day living on this island she calls home.

You can find out more about Fliss and the services she offers here. Learn more about the Isle of Rum here.

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