An estimated 2,700 participants took on the challenge of the Great Scottish Swim today (Saturday 25 August) at one of the country's most iconic locations, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park. 

 

Swimmers of all ages and abilities took on a variety of distances - from the brand new Swim250 for anyone aged 8 and up, all the way through to the gruelling marathon 10K swim - at the tenth staging of Scotland's biggest open water event. 

The elite race in the afternoon saw some of the country's best open water swimmers battle it out in a fast and furious one-mile.

In the women's race Maisie Macartney from Thanet Swim Club took first place in a time of 19:56, while Daisy Hill, Kingston Upon Hull Swimming Club in a time of 20:32 came second and Keanna MacInnes from Heart of Midlothian Swimming Club clinched third in 21:14.  

Stephen Milne of Perth City Swimming Club, won the men's race in a time of 18:16, with Bailey Hairsaine from City of Manchester Swimming Club taking second place in18:49. Jamie Scholes from City of Peterborough took third in19:13.

Alex Jackson, Great Swim Series event director said, “It' been a fantastic way to celebrate the tenth staging of the Great Scottish Swim and our sixth year here in Loch Lomond. The sun shone on all of our swimmers as they enjoyed one of Scotland's most iconic locations from a new perspective.

“We'd like to say a huge thanks to our fantastic safety team, lifeguards and local volunteers, as well as the thousands of spectators that cheered all the participants on today."

Gordon Watson, Chief Executive of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, said: “Once again the Great Swim has brought thousands of people with a range of backgrounds and swimming abilities to enjoy open water swimming in the stunning surroundings of Loch Lomond.

The Great Scottish Swim has been a huge success and has become a key annual event in the National Park. Combined with the success of the European Championships also held in Loch Lomond this month, it's been a great showcase for open water swimming in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park."

 

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland's Director of Events, said: “Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part in this year's Great Scottish Swim. From beginners through to elites it was a great day for everyone involved.

“Loch Lomond once again provided the perfect stage and showcased the beautiful and dramatic landscapes Scotland has for delivering world-class events. EventScotland was delighted to be continuing its support of the Great Scottish Swim in 2018. ”

The event marked the culmination of the 2018 Great Swim Series. The series gives thousands of participants the opportunity to swim in events across the UK including the Great North Swim at Windermere, Cumbria, and the Great East Swim at Alton Water in Suffolk.