A message in a bottle thrown into the sea by a Harris schoolgirl three years ago has washed up on a beach in Iceland 500 miles away.

Catriona Macleod (8), was a Primary One pupil at Sir E. Scott School GMU when she and her classmates, led by their teacher, Mrs Arima Morrison, cast the bottles adrift at East Loch Tarbert as part of a school project.

Catriona’s mother, Chirsty, said: “A lady was walking with her boys on the shore in Djúpivogur on the east coast of Iceland, when they noticed a bottle with paper inside it.

"They were very excited when they saw what was in it, and because the lady herself is a school teacher, she took the bottle in to her school to show her class.”

The Icelandic lady, Lilja Og Diddi, was able to contact Sir E. Scott School through their Facebook page, and Catriona sent a video message to her and her sons, Haraldur, Bjorgvin, Sigurdour, and Màney.

“Apparently there had been a big storm in the area and that’s how the bottle ended up on the shore,” Chirsty added.

“It’s just amazing. Catriona was so chuffed. Never did she think that the bottle she threw in the sea so long ago would travel so far!”


Pictures show Catriona and her teacher, Mrs Arima Morrison, the four Icelandic boys, and Catriona's message.