An article in the Herald today writes:
“Iain Macdonald is thought to be the last person in Scotland to move his animals this way.
His 19 cows took around 15 minutes to swim approximately 100 metres (328ft) from Skye to nearby Staffin island, where they will graze for three months.
Mr Macdonald, 80, first swam the cows over to the island in 1950, and used to swim with them himself. However the crofter, who lives on Skye, now accompanies them by boat.
He said: ‘It could not have gone better today. It takes about 15 minutes for them to swim and we have a boat on either side to keep them together.’
‘We save a lot of money by grazing them on the island, and they will be in good condition when they come off.’ ”
(I kind of feel I need to make a comment here as this is not my usual sort of post about taking trains and eating cheese. I just think it’s amazing that this man who is in his 80th year is still doing this the old-school way. My hat’s off to him and I think it’s great that there have been a few people writing about him. I am sure if I was a bit more proficient and had a bit more time I could probably find some great history on this way of moving cows from one place to another. Maybe some of you can help me out and give me some info on this. Cheers!)