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Great Scottish Swim

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 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, 5k and 10k swims. 

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.

Great Scottish Swim 10k


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 100 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 four laps of a brand new 2.5k 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 Great Scottish Swim 10k 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:

  1. You must be able to swim 10k, at least, in one session without stopping.
  2. You must be prepared to be in the water for a prolonged period of time.
  3. All swimmers taking on the 10k challenge must be able to complete the 10k swim continuously and unaided within four hours.
  4. If swimmers have not reached halfway (5k) within two hours they will not be allowed to continue.
  5. Swimmers should be aware that the safety team have the right to extract them from the water at any point around the course on safety and/or medical grounds.
Great Scottish Swim 10k

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.



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:

Time Swim Hat Colour  
Friday 26 August 2016    
16:00 Red 10K Swim
Saturday 27 August 2016    
08:00 Red 2 Mile Swim
09:00 Green 5K Swim
10:00 Yellow 1 Mile Swim
10:30 Pink 1 Mile Swim
11:00 Orange 1 Mile Swim
11:30 White 1 Mile Swim 
12:00 Red 1 Mile Swim
12:30 Green 1 Mile Swim
13:00 Yellow 1 Mile Swim
13:30 Pink 1/2 Mile Swim (+12 year)
14:15   Elite Women 1 mile Race
14:30   Elite Men 1 mile Race
14:50 Yellow 2 Mile Swim

*NB. All times and hat colours are subject to change in the lead up to the event

Friday 26 & Saturday 27 August 2016

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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

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Click on the links below to download useful event information:

How to enter

1/2 Mile

£24 per entry (inc VAT of £4)


1 Mile

£31 per entry (inc VAT of £5.17)


2 Miles

£35 per entry (inc VAT of £5.83)



£38 per entry (inc VAT of £6.33)



£58 per entry (inc VAT of £9.67)