Wild Swimming: A Summer Essential


Picture1Spring has finally sprung and so what better time to get back to the lochs and beaches for the best activity Scotland has to offer – wild swimming. With the return of the (fairly consistent) sunshine wild swimming in the spring and summer can be a very enjoyable experience, unlike the winter months when it becomes more of an endurance test than anything else.

Not only is wild swimming the perfect way to get out the city and reconnect with nature but it is also known for its many health benefits including; soothing muscle aches, creating a stronger immune system and boosting your mood through a rush of endorphins induced from a cold dip. Of course, it can’t be overstated enough that wild swimming is also A LOT of fun! Packing a bag for the day and jumping in the car or on the train, to the beach or the nearest loch with your pals is an adventure anyone would enjoy. Take a picnic or a BBQ along with your swimmers and towel and make a day of it.

Scotland is home to some of the best wild swimming spots in the UK, all just a few hours from Glasgow. Below are five of the coolest (pun intended) wild swimming spots easily accessible from the West End. So grab your goggles and hit the water!

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

Skye itself is magical enough but the Fairy Pools in the sunshine are something really special. For wild swimmers of all levels of bravery, the pools can be used for a quick paddle or for even daring jumps into the turquoise water.

Loch Ness

The most famous loch in Scotland is perhaps also the coldest! Wetsuit or not, Loch Ness is so huge that you’ll always be able to find a secluded spot away from the Nessie fearing tourists.

St. Andrews Beach

The more high-end wild swimming option, St Andrews has boardwalks and pontoons to jump into the sea off or stick to the sandy beach for a dip. Afterwards, wrap up and warm up with a visit to the pub for fish and chips.

Loch Lomond

Not to overlook our nearest and dearest, Loch Lomond is the most accessible for us in Glasgow. Only 40 minutes on the train to Balloch, once there the loch has an abundance of wild swimming spots to choose from surrounded by views that will take your breath away…or maybe that is just the freezing water?

Loch an Eilein

Just south of Aviemore, Loch an Eilein is only a small loch in comparison to others but it is one of the most beautiful. With a ruined castle on the shore, you’ll be surrounded by history as you take the plunge.

-Isabelle Thornton, Deputy Editor-in-Chief 

One thought on “Wild Swimming: A Summer Essential

  1. I find that in England many people are paranoid about the health and safety of wild swimming. In stark contrast, when I travelled around New Zealand, my hosts would always encourage me and their kids to throw ourselves in a flooded lake or raging river!

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