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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.

The Course

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

NEW FOR 2016 - Great Scottish Swim 10k!

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.

Course Map
The Start & Finish
Site Plan

Great Scottish Swim 10k

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 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 Great Scottish Swim 10k badge, as well as a finisher's pack and medal.

ARE YOU READY?

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

What will the course be?

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. 

If I don’t complete the 10k will I still get my finisher's pack?

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.

Will there be a feed station?

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.  

Can I get out or have a rest at any point?

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.

Can friends / family access the feed station?

The feed station is small and adjacent to deep water so only Great Swim staff will be able to access it. 

Do I have to finish the Swim inside the 4 hour cut off time?

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.

If I’m not confident of completing the 10k distance can I drop down a distance? 

Subject to availability you can swap to a different distance, just email the customer services team at info@greatswim.org.

Can I bring my own hydration and nutrition products for the event? 

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. 

FAQs

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.

About

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 - www.virgintrains.co.uk/nova

Venue Address

Loch Lomond Shores
Ben Lomond Way
Balloch
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

Travel

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.

Accommodation

Timetable

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

Downloads

Click on the links below to download useful event information:

How to enter

1/2 Mile

£24 per entry

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1 Mile

£31 per entry

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2 Miles

£35 per entry

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5K

£38 per entry

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10K

£58 per entry

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