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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.



It’s important to be aware of the Great Scottish Swim 2015 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 2015 event day timetable:

TimeSwim Hat Colour 
Saturday 29 August 2015 
09:00Red1/2 Mile Swim
09:30Green2 Mile Swim
10:30Pink1 Mile Swim
11:00Yellow1 Mile Swim
11:30Orange1 Mile Swim
12:00White1 Mile Swim (Challenger Wave)
12:30 Elite Women
13:00 Elite Men
13:05Red1 Mile Swim
13:30Green1 Mile Swim
14:00Pink1 Mile Swim
14:30Yellow2 Mile Swim
15:30Orange5K Swim

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

Saturday 29 August 2015


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

How to enter

1/2 Mile

Price: £23 per entry (inc VAT of £3.83)
A great introduction to outdoor swimming.
Equivalent to around 32 lengths of a 25m pool.
Average completion time 20 min.
Suitable for under 16s - entrants must be 12 years old and above.


1 Mile

Price: £30 per entry (inc VAT of £5.00)
Suitable for swimmers of all abilities.
Equivalent to 64 lengths of a 25m pool.
Average completion time 40 min.
Take a leisurely breaststroke and enjoy the scenery or kick into crawl for a faster time.
Entrants must be 16 years old and above.


2 Miles

Price: £34 per entry (inc VAT of £5.66)
Perfect event for open water swimmers looking for a longer challenge.
Equivalent to around 125 lengths of a 25m pool.
Average completion time 1hr 15 min.
Entrants must be 16 years old and above.



Price: £36 per entry (inc VAT of £6.00)
This distance is suited to experienced swimmers looking to go that little bit further.
Equivalent to around 200 lengths of a 25m pool.
Cut off times apply, swimmers must be able to reach halfway (2500m) within 1 hour and finish within 2 hours.