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Entries for this year's Great Scottish Swim are now closed.

The Great Scottish Swim is located in the stunning surroundings of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, only about 45 minutes from Glasgow, making it the perfect place to spend a day as a family this summer.


Glasgow 2018 European Championships

Europe’s elite open water swimmers will compete on Loch Lomond next August as part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, a new multi-sport event featuring six different sports.
The European Open Water Swimming Championships will take place across four action-packed days on a special 2.5km lap course on Loch Lomond, with the start, lap turn and finish all located within Drumkinnon Bay. The event is free to attend and features both male and female events in a 5k, 10k and 25k open water course. 
Find out more about the European Open Water Swimming Championships and the other Glasgow 2018 events at

Glasgow 2018 European Championships

Loch Lomond Shores

Loch Lomond Shores is an exciting visitor destination offering indoor, outdoor and water based activities alongside great shopping and a selection of eating places. 

For those looking for additional fun why not stop off in our Aquarium, Bird of Prey Centre or get away from the water by enjoying our TreeZone Aerial Adventure Course during your visit.

Loch Lomond Shores

The Course

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.

Course Map
The Start & Finish
Site Plan

Swim Secure

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Swim Secure® will be at the Great Scottish Swim this year offering swimmers the chance to purchase open water swim products, including tow floats.

Pop over to the Swim Secure pop-up tent this weekend where you can buy a used tow float for £10, or return it and receive a £5 refund.

The development of Swim Secure® products was pioneered by Swim Secure® in the UK and Europe.

Swim Secure


Come along to 'test the water' in the  Aqua Sphere Lido where you can extend your warm-up before the main event or drop in afterwards for a well deserved cool-down. 

The Lido is not just for swimmers taking part, if you have family and friends who would like to give open water swimming a go then they can borrow a wetsuit (free of charge) from Aqua Sphere, subject to availability. 

The Aqua Sphere Lido will be located near the finish area, wetsuits are compulsory and swimmers under the age of 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. You must be a competent swimmer to enter the Lido. The Aqua Sphere Lido will be open throughout the day subject to demand and lifeguard availability. The Lido is offered free of charge but donations to charity and the ongoing flood damage work will be gratefully received. 


Great Scottish Swim 10k


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 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:

  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 boat out on the water for 10k swimmers that you will pass on each lap. You can stop on any or all of your laps to have bottled water or take on some energy products. We recommend you practice taking these on board in your training. To avoid polluting the lake we ask that people replace any bottles back in the boat.  

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

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. 


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.



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.



Elite female & male races will be held on Saturday 26th August at 14:45 & 15:30 respectively. All competitors should be aware that this is a wetsuit compulsory race.

In order to qualify for a complimentary elite entry into the elite races, you must meet the below entry criteria:

1500m male (current 12 months ranking, Jan 2017) Top 35
Athletes born 2002 and 2003 (14 and 15 years) 17:47
Athletes born 2000 and 2001 (16 and 17 years) 17:05
Athletes born 1998 and 1999 (18 and 19 years) 16:43
Seniors, athletes born 1997 and older 16:21
800m female (current 12 months ranking, Jan 2017) Top 35
Athletes born 2002 and 2003 (14 and 15 years) 09:35
Athletes born 2000 and 2001 (16 and 17 years) 09:30
Athletes born 1998 and 1999 (18 and 19 years) 09:16
Seniors, athletes born 1997 and older 09:02
400m IM male (currents 12 months ranking, Jan 2017) Top 35
Athletes born 2002 and 2003 (14 and 15 years) 05:00
Athletes born 2000 and 2001 (16 and 17 years) 04:47
Athletes born 1998 and 1999 (18 and 19 years) 04:39
Seniors, athletes born 1997 and older 04:32
400m IM female (currents 12 months ranking, Jan 2017) Top 35
Athletes born 2002 and 2003 (14 and 15 years) 05:14
Athletes born 2000 and 2001 (16 and 17 years) 05:10
Athletes born 1998 and 1999 (18 and 19 years) 05:03
Seniors, athletes born 1997 and older 04:55

Additional Criteria:

Top 20 finish at any OW FINA event within the 2016/2017 season
Top 15 at any OW LEN event within the 2016/2017season

Consideration only will be given to:
Top 8 at any governing body sanctioned OW swimming international open race within the 2016/2017 season

Those who were/are invited or took part in the 2016 or 2017 National OW training camp.

Both Elite fields are restricted to numbers so apply early to avoid disappointment. Email with details of qualifying performances, name, DOB and club.

The Elite Management reserves the right to refuse any entry whether an athlete meets criteria or not. This is a guide and does not guarantee elite entry into any Great Swim Event. Elite entries for all events will close 2 weeks before the event date. No entries will be accepted after this date.

Elite Criteria