Wilderness adventurer Ben Fogle has thanked the people of the Outer Hebrides for helping him to celebrate 20 years since his time as a Castaway on Taransay.

About 50 people joined Ben and his daughter Iona on Luskentyre beach yesterday morning (Saturday January 4th) for wilderness tales, a dram and, for those brave enough, an icy dip in the sea.

Ben was in Harris to help endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh with his Hebridean training camp, ahead of a massive adventure of his own in the freezing glacial lakes of the Antarctic.

But on Saturday the focus was on Ben, reflecting back on the first adventure which catapulted him into the limelight, as he joined the revolutionary millennium TV show Castaway.

Blustery winds and brisk seas greeted the hardy crowd yesterday on Luskentyre beach, where they were regaled with stories from some of Ben’s worldwide adventures.

Afterwards the celebrity TV presenter tweeted: “Thanks you so much for everyone who braved the wilds of the Outer Hebridean winter to mark 20 years since Castaway and to support Lewis Pugh with his upcoming Antarctic swim. I love you Scotland.”

And Lewis Pugh, who is coming towards the end of a punishing 10-day schedule sea-swimming and running around Lewis and Harris coasts, responded:” Thank you so much for coming to visit Ben. Absolutely loved your talk! Genuine, warm, humorous, fascinating and engaging. All the superlatives. Here’s to the next 20 years!”

The pictures show Ben Fogle and Lewis Pugh enjoying the waters off Luskentyre, and Ben with his daughter Iona leaving the beach, followed by his audience and supporters.