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Great Scottish Swim

The Great Scottish Swim will be back on 29 August. Returning for its third year in the majestic surroundings of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, 40 minutes' drive from Glasgow city centre - swimmers can choose from 1/2 mile, 1 mile and 2 mile swims, participants set off in waves of approximately 300 every half an hour.

So if you are looking for the ultimate in revitalising weekends, there is no better way than to spend it in the open water of Loch Lomond and then on its fun-filled shores. Enjoy various tasty opportunities whilst shopping in the impressive retail outlets, and why not watch some world-class open water swimmers in action too.

The Course

The Great Scottish Swim course map is shown below including 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile and 5K distances


A wave that pits the best against the best. This wave is aimed at club swimmers and seasoned open water swimmers who are looking for a sub 30 minute time for the 1 mile distance. The fastest male and female swimmers will be announced after the event and trophy’s sent out to each winner. 

Course Map
The Start & Finish
Site Plan

Event location

At 24.5 miles long Loch Lomond is Britain's largest inland stretch of water by surface area. The Loch is nestled in the heart of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, only 20 miles north of Glasgow.

Surrounded by mountains, wildlife, forests and glens Loch Lomond is the perfect place to visit for an open water swim this summer.

Loch Lomond is within easy reach of Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh, so make a weekend of it and visit one of Scotland's most beautiful and scenic areas.

For more information on Loch Lomond and the surrounding area go to Visit Scotland.


By train:

5 minutes walk from Balloch station. Travelling to the event on the West Coast Mainline? Then take advantage of the exclusive Virgin Trains discount: For you, your friends and family... whether you’re travelling to an event on your own or up to groups of nine, you can all get up to 50% off Virgin Trains Advance Fares. This exclusive discount on Virgin Trains is the cheapest, easiest and most comfortable way of getting you and your supporters to the start line.Click here to book now -

Venue Address

Loch Lomond Shores
Ben Lomond Way
G83 8QL

By car:

Loch Lomond Shores is just off the A82 at Balloch. Follow signs for Balloch and Loch Lomond Shores. Just 20 minutes from Glasgow. Loch Lomond Shores is home to shopping, an aquarium, cafes & restaurants, a bird of prey centre and great outdoor activities.

Disabled Access:

Full disabled access


For all the information you need to ensure you have a Great Swim and a great stay in Loch Lomond take a look at Love Loch Lomond.


Great Swimmers Welcome Here

To find out how to take advantage of the free Great Swimmers Welcome Here offers linked to your event click here.

Your Great Scottish Swim offers:

  • East Cambusmoon Holiday Cottages

    Discounts available for self catering cottages (suitable for 2-12) for one week stays from Friday 28th August. Subject to availability. See for pictures and information
    East Cambusmoon Farm
    West Dunbartonshire
    G83 8RZ

  • Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

    25% discount on entry fee.
    Loch Lomond Shores
    Ben Lomond Way
    G83 8QL

  • RSPB shop for Nature Loch Lomond shores

    Binocular hire to watch your loved ones swim from only £3, plus discounts on purchases of binoculars. 10% off products in store on the day of Great Scottish Swim (excludes redemption on Binoculars, stamps, memberships and already discounted items).
    UNIT 3B
    Ben Lomond way
    Loch Lomond shores
    G83 8QL

  • The Queen of the Loch

    20% food discount when you say great Scottish Swim
    Old Luss Road
    West Dumbartonshire
    G83 8QW

  • Hawkshead

    Further 10% off 28th and 29th August ONLY
    Unit 2 Loch Lomond Shores
    Ben Lomond Way
    G83 8QW

  • Misty Glen - Jewellery and Gift Shop

    20% Off All Merchandise Vaild for the period from1 week before and 1 week after the event
    Unit 3F Ben Lomond Way
    Loch Lomond Shores
    G83 8QL

  • SEA LIFE Loch Lomond

    40% off entry price at SEA LIFE Loch Lomond on the date of the Great Scottish Swim. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or tickets booked online.
    Drumkinnon Tower
    Ben Lomond Way
    West Dunbartonshire
    G83 8QL

Total Fitness

Introducing our official gym partner - Total Fitness

Total Fitness’ unrivalled facilities provide the perfect opportunity to train for your next event.

•    Amazing swimming facilitates including three pools, a huge Laned Main pool, a hydrotherapy pool and family pool
•    Relaxing heat treatments: Saunas, Steam Room, plunge pool
•    And incredible range of classes, including Spin, Insanity, Circuits and Functional training
•    A massive gym space full of high performance equipment
•    Large Freeweights and Resistance machine area
•    Full range of cardio kit, bikes, treadmills, rowers, steppers and more
•    Ladies’ only gym area for extra privacy
•    Chill out café for post-workout refreshments

To find your nearest club, click here > 

Total Fitness


Entries to the Elite races at the Great Swim Series 2015 are on an invitation only basis. Athletes hoping to race should meet one or more of the below criteria.

  • Athletes who have competed in FINA Openwater World Cup 10km or FINA Open Water Grand Prix during 2011-2014 seasons
  • Athletes who have competed in FINA Openwater World Championships at 5km, 10km or 25km since 2010
  • Athletes who have competed in FINA Pool World Championships since 2010
  • Men under 16:15 LC for 1500m achieved since 2011
  • Women under 9:00 LC for 800m achieved since 2011
  • Member of a British Swimming Squad 2013/2014
  • Athletes selected to represent home nation at 2014 Commonwealth Games

Meeting the criteria does not guarantee entry to the Elite events and the Elite Manager’s decision is final. If you meet the above criteria please contact Elite Manager Tom Broadbent.

(male and female races)
(first athlete passed each marker, male and female)
Entry Criteria

The 2016 Great Scottish Swim is proud to incorporate on behalf of Scottish Swimming the Scottish National 1 Mile Championships.

All Scottish athletes wishing to compete must be able to demonstrate the following qualification times to compete:

800m 9:40
1500m 18:40
2K (OW) 33:00


800m 9:30
1500m 17:20
2K (OW) 32:30


800m and 1500m times must be swam in a LC pool. The 2K times are open water specific. 

The race is open to senior and junior athletes. 

Please contact Tom Broadbent to enter.


How to enter

1/2 Mile

£23 per entry (inc VAT of £3.83)

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1 Mile

£30 per entry (inc VAT of £5.00)

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2 Miles

£34 per entry (inc VAT of £5.66)

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£36 per entry (inc VAT of £6.00)

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