‘Real-Life Mermaid’


The Hebrides’ wild swimming ‘real-life’ mermaid

Article submitted by Robbie the Pict-/Our Friend from the Isle of Skye, Scotland


Kate MacLeod, from Uig, Lewis, started her interest in wild swimming when she was a girl and for the last 10 years has taken to the waters of the sea and lochs in both summer and winter.

She said: “Living on an island you are bound to be drawn to the sea. It is in my blood.”

The 24-year-old has made a four-part documentary – Mermaid Tales – for BBC Alba. The first episode will be shown on 16 March.

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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