Royal estate swim cancelled by cold
A swimming event on the Queen's estate in Scotland has been cancelled due to "unseasonable" water temperatures.
The event, in which people would swim two miles down Loch Muick, was due to be held on the Balmoral Estate in the Highlands this weekend.
Low temperatures which have seen snow on the hills are thought to have lowered water temperatures in the area, according to organisers.
Chic Grant, from organiser Outdoor Action Scotland, told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland that those involved in the event were "absolutely gutted" it could not go ahead as scheduled.
He said: "It's quite unseasonable temperatures - 11 degrees is classed as freezing in open water swimming."
He said the first obstacle organisers faced was that the royal family were in residence at the time.
He added: "The events manager was instrumental in us getting permission to actually do it. Grateful thanks to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Estate for letting us do it."
But Mr Grant said reorganising was not a "simple option".
He said: "Given the nature of the sport, there are people out there that swim without wetsuits and they are very, very used to swimming in cold water.
"However, given the nature of an event that happened just a few weeks ago, where five people went down with hypothermia, we had no choice but to cancel the swim."