Wild swimming, or open water swimming, is surging in popularity in Scotland. With an advantageous Scottish Outdoors Access Code, swimmers are donning their wetsuits and taking to lochs, rivers and the sea across the country. And a host of new wild swimming events are being launched.
Many swimmers revel in the wonderful sense of freedom and the chance to enjoy Scotland’s amazing natural environment.Â As a result of this rising trend, a host of new swimming events are being launched.
New wild swim on the block
At Galloway Activity Centre on Loch Ken in the Borders, a new Wild Swim event is set to take place on September 14. Loch Ken is a popular spot for open water swimming and in 2011 the loch made the news when four people swam its length. The 10-mile challenge took several hours and was done without the aid ofÂ wetsuits.
The plan for the debut Loch ken Wild Swim event is to keep it fairly small with entries of up to 150 swimmers. There will be a 1km, 2km and 5km distance to swim. To find out more see Galloway Activity Centre.
Other open water swim events to try
- Banff Bay Swim, near Aberdeen, on August 4
- Monster Swim in Loch Ness on August 17
- Great Scottish Swim on August 24 in Loch Lomond
- Discovery Mile Swim, in the River Tay, Dundee, on August 17
We expect to see many more of these open water swimming events coming to Scotland in the coming years.