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Great Scottish Swim

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

Course Map

Event location

The Great Scottish Swim takes place in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Loch Lomond is the largest stretch of water in Great Britain by surface area and it includes many islands at the south end of the loch.

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 - home of the National Park Gateway Centre, shopping mall and tourist information office.

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

Elites

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.

PRIZE MONEY
(male and female races)
SPRINT PRIZES
(first athlete passed each marker, male and female)
1st£1000400m£200
2nd£750800m£200
3rd£500  
4th£250  
5th£100  
Entry Criteria

How to enter

1/2 Mile

Open
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.

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1 Mile

Open
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.

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2 Miles

Open
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.

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5K

Open
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.

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