The ice breakers. How Scotland's ice swimmers taught me to love the cold.

The snow-covered surface of an icy loch, for some is just an invitation to get out the sledgehammer, hack away and plunge in. When Vicky Allan and photographer Anna Deacon, cold water lovers themselves, started to research their book on the health benefits of wild swimming, it was the ice swimmers that lured them most.

THE field of snow covering Uath Lochan in Glen Feshie gleamed in the winter sun. I remember wondering, as we approached its pristine expanse, how thick the ice under that blanket might be. Would it be centimetres deep, too hard to crack open with a foot? Or thin enough to break by hand?


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