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Friday 26 - Saturday 27 August 2016
Loch Lomond, Scotland
The Great Scottish Swim will be back on 26-27 August in the majestic surroundings of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, 40 minutes' drive from Glasgow city centre. Swimmers can choose from a range of distances, including a brand new 10k option! If you'd prefer to enjoy the best of both worlds, why not try our Great Scottish SwimRun for a short swim and a 5k run?
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 Great Scottish Swim course map is shown below including 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile and 5K distances
For experienced swimmers who are looking for the ultimate open water challenge, the brand new 10k marathon swim is the perfect option for you.
Read more on the 10k swim in the section below.
The Great Swim Series is delighted to announce a brand new challenge for those who enjoy long distance open water swimming. At the 2016 Great Scottish Swim we will be introducing a newer, longer, bigger swim in Loch Lomond, which will give swimmers the chance to take on a 10k marathon swim. Yes, that's right.....a 10k!
Taking place on Friday 26 August 2016, this event is limited to 150 participants only, so if you're keen to take part we recommend reading through the 'Are You Ready?' tips below.
The 10k will take swimmers on six laps of the existing 1 mile course and will have a 'pit-stop' after each lap to allow swimmers to come back on dry land to top up on drinking water and, if necessary, take a 5 minute breather before heading back in the water again.
The entry fee will include entry into the event, a 2016 Great Swim towel and event badge, as well as a finisher's pack and medal.
This swim is a challenging distance and should be considered carefully before entering. Please read the following:
The 10k course will consist of 6 laps of the Great Swim course. You will be constantly monitored by our safety team and have the opportunity to finish at the end of any lap should you need to on the day. Your time will stop when you go over the timing mat at the finish.
Yes – lap counting is an honesty system and down to each individual swimmer. Regardless of when you come through the finish system you are still entitled to your finisher's pack.
There will be a small pontoon reserved for 10k swimmers that you will pass at the end of each lap. You can stop on any or all of your laps to have a drink of Aqua Pura or take on some Jelly Babies. We recommend you practice taking these on board in your training. To avoid polluting the lake we ask that people replace any bottles back on the pontoon.
The feed station will be in deep water. You won’t be able to stand up but you will be able to hold on and take a minute to get your breath and receive a few words of encouragement from our Great Swim team. There will not be space for you to exit the water unless you are withdrawing from the swim.
The feed station is small and adjacent to deep water so only Great Swim staff will be able to access it.
We will try and allow everyone to safely finish their swim. Due to the safety systems in place should people take longer than 4 hours we may have to ask them to finish a lap early, or have our safety teams bring them in. In addition to this we will be monitoring all swimmers and should our medical and safety team feel it is unsafe for any swimmer to continue at any point we may ask you to come in early. We will work with all swimmers to try and ensure they are able to finish the full 10k if it is safe to do so. Our priority is the well-being of swimmers.
Subject to availability you can swap to a different distance, just email the customer services team at email@example.com.
Unfortunately we can’t cater for individual requirements as we have limited space on the feed station. Bottles of water and Jelly Babies will be made available for all swimmers.
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.
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Loch Lomond Shores
Ben Lomond Way
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.
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.
It’s important to be aware of the Great Scottish Swim 2016 event timetable prior to the big day. Familiarise yourself with the information below and ensure you leave plenty of time to drop off any baggage, travel to the start line and get warmed up. You must check-in 30 minutes before your start time. If you miss it we may not be able to move you to another wave, so please don't be late.
Please see below for the 2016 event day timetable:
*NB. All times and hat colours are subject to change in the lead up to the event
Click on the links below to download useful event information:
£24 per entry
£31 per entry
£35 per entry
£38 per entry
£58 per entry