Scotland

 

Scotland is fantastic for “wild” swimming because there is water everywhere and hardly anybody around to try to stop you. Heaven.


Abhainn Thrail (near Torridon)

Location

Park where the A896 crosses this river to the south of Torridon and walk north up the rough track adjacent to the river. The “swim” is on your left just before the only house up the track (a holiday home).

Grid Ref

NG 910/550

Features

Excellent views with lovely hills as a backdrop. Also handy if you are staying in the holiday home 10 metres away.

Hazards

Big pebbles which make walking difficult.

Date of Last Swim

1st April 2005


Abhainn Chonaig (Kintail)

(A THREE TRUNK location.)

Location

One of several pools in the Abhainn Chronaig to the east of Morvich, Kintail. Park opposite the Outdoor Centre, cross the road bridge and follow the footpath along the valley for 4km. The pool is difficult to find but is below a small waterfall so the sound of this may guide in in!!

Grid Ref

NG998/217

Features

This is a good spot for an early morning dip with good views of the hills all around. Its midge-free, but theres not enough room for a proper swim.

Hazards

Bit of a steep climb down to the spot.

Date of Last Swim

8th July 2009


Abhainn Chonaig (Kintail)

(A ONE TRUNK location.)

Location

One of several pools in the Abhainn Chronaig to the east of Morvich, Kintail. Park opposite the Outdoor Centre, cross the road bridge and follow the footpath along the valley for 2km. The pool is by the footbridge leading into Dorusduain Wood.

Grid Ref

NG983/223

Features

Compared to its neighbour the River Croe this is a disappointing river. However, if you need an early morning dip then this spot will do, but theres not enough room for a proper swim.

Hazards

Ok, here’s the bad news 1. Its next to a footbridge so no skinny dipping please, 2. MIdges live here!

Date of Last Swim

8th July 2009


Abhainn Dhsseig (Ben More, Isle of Mull)

Location

There are several small watefalls and pools on the north-west side of Ben More. Park in the allocated parking on the side of the B8073 and follow the Abhainn Dhisseig to find them.

Grid Ref

NG 505/346

Features

Fantastically clear water and very refreshing after climbing Ben More. Good view over Loch Na Keal.

Hazards

No real hazards but these pools are far too small for a big swim.

Date of Last Swim

18th April 2006

 


Abhainn Dhubh Bheag (near Carnai, Isle of Lewis)

(A TWO TRUNK location due to limited extent of swim)

Location

Park at the car park with the loos on Traigh Uige beach. The river is to the north and east. You can’t miss it.

Grid Ref

NB045/336

Features

Great setting next to the world class Uige Beach. The lower part of the river becomes part of the sea at high tide.

Hazards

Depending on where you go in its not great for swimming but still a fantastic setting.

Date of Last Swim

4th April 2010

 


Allt Caire Roill (Ben Damph, near Torridon)

Location

Park in the pub car park by the Loch Torridon Hotel and follow the sign posted path to Ben Damph. Once out of the wood keep to the path on the left next to the river.

Grid Ref

NG 885/532

Features

Series of small pools below several waterfalls which provide a nice backdrop. Lovely clear water.

Hazards

A bit nippy and some tree trunks underwater.

Date of Last Swim

15th April 2008


Allt Daraich (Isle of Skye)

Location

The Allt Daraich is one of many streams joining the River Sligachan just before it enters Lock Sligachan. Park near the Sligachan Hotel on the A87 and follow the path up past the narrow gorge where the best pools can be found.

Grid Ref

NG 493/294

Features

Easy access, perfectly clear water and just about big enough to swim in!!!

Hazards

Easy to slip on rocks so watch out.

Date of Last Swim

1st April 2007


Alit Undalain, Shiel Bridge, Scotland(A FIVE TRUNK location)

Location

Off the A87 at Sheil Bridge. Park on the deadend road to the old bridge near the campsite and Post Office

Grid ref

Ng 937/188

Features

Easy parking and access to the pool which is below the old Shiel Bridge.

Hazards

None really (well unless the rivers full then it tends to be fast flowing with large trees in it!)

Date of Last Swim

8th April 2011


Beasdale Burn (near Beasdale)

!!! PHOTO AVAILABLE ON REQUEST !!!

Location

Somewhere between Fort William and Arisaig, near the coast. I know you won’t believe me but it has its own train station!!! Walk up about a km from the A830 and you will find the best pools.

Grid Ref

NM 724/846

Features

Excellent stretch of fairly isolated warm water close to where it enters the sea. The latter affects the depth, although there are always places deep enough for a proper swim. Very tame birds in the adjacent bushes can be viewed if you are quiet.

Hazards

Some people might find the water too warm!!!!! We did have a possible sighting of a crocodile, but it turned out to be a tree branch in the water.

Date of Last Swim

30th March 2007

9th April 2010


Caolas an Scarp (near Huisinis, Isle of Harris)

(A FIVE TRUNK location)

Location

Park at the car park with the loos by Bagh Huisinis and follow coastal path northwards to the secret beach.

Grid Ref

NA998/146

Features

Ok this is really the sea, well a channel between Harris and Scarp, but what a setting. Not just fabulous beaches but its the scene of the infamous rocket mail that was an experimental postal service for the Island of Scarp!!

Hazards

When the tide is coming in the currents can be a little difficult (because they are coming from two different directions)

Date of Last Swim

9th April 2010

 


Eas Fors (Isle of Mull)

Location

On west side of Isle of Mull adjacent to Ulva. Plenty of parking on side of B8073 by the bridge which carries the stream. Walk back to SE for 100m and there is a place in the cliff that you can climb down.

Grid Ref

NG 443/422

Features

Excellent powerfull waterfall with good view of Ulva from the lower and upper pools.

Hazards

“Nice and refreshing swim” aka bl**dy cold! Other than the cold the climb down from the road is the biggest hazard!!!

Date of Last Swim

19th April 2006


Fairy Pools (Allt Coir A Mhadaidh, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye)

(A NINE TRUNK location.)

Location

Park in the forestry commission car park of same name or the one 1km uphill. Follow the smaller path and you can’t miss it.

Grid Ref

NG435/255

Features

As Kate Rew said “the pools are delightful and few are immune to their charms”. There are plenty of pools in this area but the “classics” are the two higher pools separated by a rock buttress and underwater arch. Its simply a magical spot.

Hazards

The underwater arch slopes at a bit of an angle so best to be a bit careful (I kept my glasses on!!).

Date of Last Swim

9th July 2009


Falls of Falloch, nr Crianlarich, Scotland

(A FIVE plus TRUNK location)

Location

Located adjacent to the A82 c. 6km southwest of Crianlarich. There is a car park on the south side of the road but its not signposted very well. From there follow the main path to the Falls.

Grid Ref

NN 338/208

Features

Large pool with easy access from south and good depth for swimming. You can (just) get behind the waterfall (at least in the summer).

Hazards

The biggest hazard for me were some lads from Glasgow jumping in from all sides!

Date of Last Swim

8th August 2010


Falls near Kinlock Laggan, Cairngorms

(FIVE TRUNK  location)

Location

The falls are adjacent to the A86 just east of Kinlock Laggan. There is parking to the north and south of the road.

Grid ref

NN tbc

Features

Reasonable sized area for swimming. Along with the waterfall there is a cave which seems to go back quite along way (S. Kirk pers. comm.).

Hazards

None really.

Date of swim

2nd April 2012


Falls of Pattack, Cairngorms

(FIVE plus TRUNK  locations)

Location

To east of the northern end of Loch Laggan. Park off A86 and walk up the track which goes past Gallovie (holiday houses for let).  There is a signpost from where you should be able to hear the falls! You have to drop down quite a steep slope to enter the water but I managed (and I’m scared of heights).

Grid ref

NN556/880

Features

A fab waterfall with a large area for swimming and quite strong currents to have fun in.

Hazards

None really, but it is a waterfall so watch out for bits of trees coming over the fall!!

Date of swim

31st  March 2012

 


Falls of Leny, nr Callander, Scotland

(A FOUR TRUNK location)

Location

Located adjacent to the A84 c. 3km west of Callander. Access is best from the south bank where a former railway is a right of way. You can park c. 1km to the west or c. 2km to the southeast. The best/only/safest swim is (obviously) downstream of the Falls.

Grid Ref

NN 595/088

Features

Large pool with good depth so plenty of room for a swim with the added excitement of fast flowing water nearer the Falls.

Hazards

The pool was fine in the summer when I visited but will be very different at other times of the year. The narrow nature of the river around the Falls suggests there will never be a safe time to swim in this area.

Date of Last Swim

7th August 2010


Falls with no name (*tbc*), nr Tyndrum, Scotland

(A FOUR plus TRUNK location)

Location

tbc. In the WigWam place off the A82 just south of Tyndrum. Follow the signs but you will have to climb over a fence and scramble down to the swim.

Grid Ref

tbc

Features

Water fall in narrow gorge with sufficient water for a bit of a swim. Best thing is that its next to the WigWam/camping site.

Hazards

Probably only swimable in the summer.

Date of Last Swim

8th August 2010


Fingals Cave (Isle of Staffa)

Location

Located on the south-east tip of Staffa. Need boat to get to it. Takes about an hour on the boat from the Sound of Ulva.

Grid Ref

NG 325/350

Features

Fantastic clear water, interesting basalt columns, easy access etc

Hazards

Watch out for tourist boats that tend to go as far into the cave as they can!

Date of Last Swim

21st April 2006


Glen Coe

Location

Park in one of the two main car parks on the south side of the A82. Follow the good path across the river and up to the “Hidden Valley” on the other side of Glen Coe itself. There are several spots with just about enough water in to bath in.

Grid Ref

TBC

Features

Fantastic clear and refreshing (see below) water, with views across the Glen to Jimmie Savalls house (so I’m told).

Hazards

For refreshing read bl**dy cold and unfortunately you can’t really swim properly to warm up.

Date of Last Swim

7th April 2007


Glen Etive (near Glen Coe)

(A TEN TRUNK location. It is “simply the best”)

Location

After about 1km from the Glen Coe turnoff its simply a question of picking your spot as there are loads to choose from, parking and walking the short distance to the river. My favourite was where there were four interlinked pools connected by (at the time of my visit) by small ish waterfalls.

Grid Ref

TBC

Features

What can I say. 1. Fantastic setting, 2. Brilliant clear water, 3. Water slides, 4. Deep and extensive water. Simply heaven.


Hazards

Watch out for people tombstoning!

Date of Last Swim

11th July 2012


Holy Pool (and River Fillan), nr Tyndrum, Scotland

(A FOUR plus TRUNK location)

Location

tbc. Adjacent to A82 and track to Wigwam place just south of Tyndrum. It is signposted once you get away from the main road.

Grid Ref

tbc

Features

According to the information sign in the old days the sick were immersed into the pool and had to perform some weird rituals. Best thing is that its adjacent to the A82 and next to the WigWam/camping site.

Hazards

Presumably on a busier day the pool is full of sick people!

Date of Last Swim

8th August 2010


Downstream Of Linn Of Dee (Braemar)

 
(A FIVE TRUNK location)

Location

Park in the car park for the Linn (see below). The swim is about 500m downstream of the Linn.

Grid Ref

NO 067/898

Features

Large pool with sufficient depth for reasonable swimming.

Hazards

In places narrows and shallows unexpectedly.

Date of Last Swim

4th August 2010


Linn Of Dee (Braemar)

(A FIVE TRUNK plus location)

 

Location

About 9km to the west of Braemar. Follow the minor road out of the latter to the only place it crosses the river. There is parking about 200m past the bridge.

Grid Ref

NO 063/897

Features

With a rock gorge with fast and slow flowing water (in August).

Hazards

I guess you would die if you tried to swim here in the winter.

Date of Last Swim

4th August 2010

Quite simply, river swimming at its best.

 


Loch Iain Oig, nr Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland

(A FOUR plus TRUNK location)

Location

Take the B road off the A87 about 5km east of Kyle of Lochalsh. Go through the village called Balmacara Square (which has a nice pond-tempting!) about 400m after the junction with the minor road which goes to Sheldaig park on right and the loch is next to you.

Grid ref

NG 793/293

Features

Easy parking. Easy access. Close to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Hazards

None really.

Date of Last Swim

6th April 2011


Loch na Leitreach, nr Kintail, Scotland

(A FIVE TRUNK location)

?Location

Park near the Camus-luine bunkhouse (at end of minor road from A87 on north side of Loch Long near Dornie which has the nice castle)

Grid ref

NH 013/270

Features

Fantastic setting and not far from the Falls of Glomach.

Hazards

None really.

Date of Last Swim

8th April 2011


Loch Nam Ban Mora (Isle of Eigg)

Location

Located just NW of the Sgurr which is the most prominant hill on Eigg. Most paths from Galmisdale (village where the ferry arrives) lead to the Sgurr.

Grid Ref

NM 455/852

Features

Fantastic clear and refreshing water, with views to the Sgurr one way and the hills of Rum in the other. Add to that the artificial island created in the Iron Age and what a place for a swim……

Hazards

In the summer its best not to hang around too long while getting change because of the MIDGES!!!

Date of Last Swim

14th August 2007


Loch Ba (Isle of Mull)

Location

On west side of Isle of Mull. Park on side of B8035 just before bridge by Knock Farm. Walk over bridge and take the track that runs to the south of the Loch. I went in in-between a floating fish farm and Rubha Gainmhich.

Grid Ref

NG 568/373

Features

Fantastic scenery all around you. Good clean and deep water.

Hazards

Suprising amount of vehicle movement along the track; perhaps they were trying to stop people swim!

Date of Last Swim

20th April 2006


Loch Coire nan Crogachan, Shiel Bridge, Scotland

(A FIVE TRUNK location)

?Location

Park off the A87 at Sheil Bridge. Walk up the “corbett” known as Sgurr Mhic Bharraich and its the biggest bit of water up there.

Grid ref

Ng 920/164

Features

You are half way up a mountain which on good days has fantastic views. What more could you ask for?

Hazards

None really! I suppose it would be cold in the winter.

Date of Last Swim

9th April 2011


Loch Na H-Oidhche (near Shieldaig Forest)

Location

Rather surprisingly Shieldaig Forest is one of those forests with no trees. Equally surprising its not particulary near Shieldaig!!

Grid Ref

NG 888/667

Features

This is a pretty remote Loch so there will be plenty of room in the water for you!! And you get fantastic views of the mountains all around.

Hazards

In places it surprisingly shallow

Date of Last Swim

17th April 2008


Loch Coruisk (Isle of Skye)

This photo is an example of self-photography, CLICK HERE to find out more

Location

The Loch is on the south side of the Cuillin Hills. You can get a boat to it from Elgol or for the purists walk down the valley from Sligachan c. 7miles. There are a few small beaches on the south-east side of the Lock which make for easier access.

Grid Ref

NG 492/201

Features

The setting is fabulous with the Cuillin Hills all around you. What more do you want?

Hazards

None really, although you do have to remember to leave enough time for the walk out (or make sure you are booked on the return boat).

Date of Last Swim

2nd April 2007


Loch Damb (near Shieldaig)

!!! PHOTO AVAILABLE ON REQUEST !!!

Location

Park pretty well anywhere between Shieldaig and Annat on the A896. The easiest walk-in is from Balgy where there is a path part of the way.

Grid Ref

NG 849/532

Features

Wonderful shingly beaches at the north end which provide easy access and a nice comfortably place to sleep (midges permitting).

Hazards

None really

Date of Last Swim

16th April 2008


Loch Dughaill (near Shieldaig)

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Location

Adjacent to the A896 about 2km south of Shieldaig. Theres plenty of parking between the road and the Loch.

Grid Ref

NG 825/515

Features

Easy access and one of those “swims” where once you get in you are soon out of your depth so there is not going back!

Hazards

As stated above it gets deep quite quickly, but I suppose I should mention the cold.

Date of Last Swim

30th March 2005


near Lochwinnoch (south of Glasgow)

(As a “cold plunge” this is a FIVE TRUNK location, but for swimming don’t bother)

(The classic River Swimmers pose that lead to quite a trend)

Location

Somewhere near Lochwinnoch (maybe 20km south of Glasgow).

Grid Ref

TBC

Features

Arrh the photograph that sporned a “world famous” t-shirt and a thousand (ish) imitations.

Hazards

Now this really should be called the Red River, thankfully not like the famous one in Cornwall caused by metal in the water, but in this case Peat.

Date of Last Swim

TBC

 


Loch Rog Beag (Isle of Lewis)

(A FIVE TRUNK location)

Location

If you are staying in Scaliscro house (as we were) this is literally at the bottome of the garden. Otherwise just park somewhere on the narrow road to Scaliscro and cross the fields to the loch.

Grid Ref

NB133/272

Features

Plenty deep enough for a real swim and Well, if you are staying in Scaliscro house (as we were), you have an excellent entry ramp. Once in the setting is ideallic and we even had a boat to swim round/rescue us.

Hazards

None really, although someone told us to hug the land but I think that was a sailing term!

Date of Last Swim

9th April 2010

 


Loch Shieldaig (near Shieldaig)

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Location

On a penisula that separates Loch Shieldaig from Loch Torridon. Simply follow the footpath out of Shieldaig past the school and pick you spot.

Grid Ref

NG 813/557

Features

Simply beautiful (on the right day!!)

Hazards

None really

Date of Last Swim

20th April 2008


Loch Tuath (Isle of Ulva)

(OK this is actually a sea lock but itsa FIVE TRUNK location)

This photo is an example of self-photography, CLICK HERE to find out more

Location

A sea loch between Ulva and Mull. There are loads of places to swim but I went in near Torr Ardalum on Ulva. Parking is not an issue as you can only get a foot ferry (operated by Donald between 9am and 5pm) to the island.

Grid Ref

NN405/404

Features

Lots of little islands to swim round.

Hazards

Theres a fair bit of seaweed near the shore and you do have to watch out for the odd boat.

Date of Last Swim

21st April 2006


Loch Voil (West Coast of Scotland)

(A much bigger “cold plunge”, but this is definately a FOUR TRUNK location)

!!! PHOTO AVAILABLE ON REQUEST !!!

Location

4.5km west of Balquhidder (yes such a place does exist)

Grid Ref

NN 485/197

Features

Easy access, surprisingly “not too cold” for the time of year, excellent views all round.

Hazards

Watch out for Ghosts (Rob Roys grave is in Balquhidder)

Date of Last Swim

Late October 2002


Loch with no name (*tbc*), nr Aberfoyle, Scotland

(A THREE TRUNK location)

Location

Situated in Loch Ard Forest c. 4km west of Aberfoyle. Park in the woodland car parks to the west of the village of Milton where there are information maps showing the various paths/trails.

Grid Ref

NN 484/007

Features

Lovely woodland setting and shallow so pretty warm.

Hazards

In the summer the swim area is restricted to the eastern end. Watch out for underwater twigs and branches.

Date of Last Swim

5th August 2010


Lochan a Choire, Cairngorms

(FIVE TRUNK  location)

Location

Park at the Creag Meagaidh nature reserve and simply follow the path till you reach a very vertical cliff face (popular with climbers although quite why they would rather do this than have a swim is baffling!).

Grid ref

NN437/883

Features

What a fabulous spot with excellent views of Creag Meagaidh (weather permitting).

Hazards

None really. Although there is a first aid point nearby so maybe some people cut their legs swimming.

Date of swim

5th April 2012


Lochan Na H-Earba, Cairngorms

(FIVE TRUNK  location)

Location

This Lochan is in the valley to the south of Loch Laggan. Park in one of the many places along the A86 and walk (or cycle as we did) in..

Grid ref

NN 465/813

Features

We went in at the very southern end of the Lochan (in an area shown as dry land on the OS map!).  Great views all around.

Hazards

None really.

Date of swim

4th April 2012

 


Loup of Fintry, Scotland

(A THREE TRUNK  location)

Location

To be honest I’m not to sure as Steve took me there. I think its the waterfall on the Endrick Water c. 4km east of Fintry (maybe 20km west of Stirling). Its signposted off the road (B818?) and only a few hundred metres walk.

Grid ref

NS660/861

Features

Lovely setting and quite unexpected view of falls after only walking 10m from the road. Only limited room for a swim but a great terrace-like setting.

Hazards

Bit of a climb to get down to and I guess when the river is in full flow it would be quite challenging to attempt a swim.

Date of swim

10th April 2011


Lui Water (Braemar)

(A THREE TRUNK location)

Location

About 8km to the west of Braemar but you have to follow minor road out of the latter all the way round the valley. Follow the path which starts from the minor road about 1km east of the Linn of Dee (where there is good parking).

Grid Ref

NO 067/900

Features

Several small (in August) waterfalls with pools in great setting.

Hazards

Not quite enough water (in August) for a proper swim.

Date of Last Swim

3rd August 2010

 


 

Lynn of Pattack, Cairngorms

(FIVE TRUNK  location)

Location

To east of the northern end of Loch Laggan. Park off A86 and walk up the track which goes past Gallovie (holiday houses for let).  Keep walking. Past Falls of Pattack. Go over two bridges and you can’t miss the falls on your right.

Grid ref

NN555/874

Features

Another fabulous spot with deep water and (possibly too strong) current.

Hazards

None really. Although the vegetation on the side of the river can be a bit hostile.

Date of swim

6th April 2012

 


The Punch Bowl, Linn Of Quoich (Braemar)

(A FIVE TRUNK location)

Location

About 3km to the west of Braemar but you have to follow minor road out of the latter all the way round the valley (or you could cut through Mar Lodge if you are on foot). Park in the car park and follow the east side of the river and pick your spot.

Grid Ref

NO 113/916

Features

Several fantastic pools in woodland setting with one in a mini-gorge.

Hazards

In places was quite fast flowing and we visited in August.

Date of Last Swim

2nd August 2010


Upper Loch Torridon (West Coast of Scotland)

(A definite FIVE TRUNK location)

Location

You can access Loch Torridon pretty well from anyway. This spot is near the Falls of Balgy where a river enters the Loch.

Grid Ref

NG 847/547

Features

Superb view of the (often snow covered) mountains all around the Loch.

Hazards

Quite refreshing!!!!

Date of Last Swim

14th April 2008


River Damh (near Balgy)

!!! PHOTO AVAILABLE ON REQUEST !!!

Location

The river flows from Loch Damh into Upper Loch Torridon. Its extremely handy if you are staying in Balgy Lodge because the river is at the bottom of the garden.

Grid Ref

NG 846/544

Features

Its bl**dy handy if you happen to be staying in Balgy Lodge. Not just that there is a good sized pool just below some shallow waterfalls. Add to that the ability to swim into Loch Torridon and you are in swimmers heaven.

Hazards

The only real downside is that the pool is in shade in the evening (when this photo was taken!!)

Date of Last Swim

18th April 2008


River Lealt (Isle of Skye)

Location

Park in the layby (really a car park) possibly labelled Inver Tote on the A855 maybe 20km north of Portree. Walk to the view point overlooking the sea and drop down to the sea.

Grid Ref

NG 530/604

Features

This is one of those great places where you can swim along a river and into the sea or from the sea and into a river. Infact it was such an excellent day you could look across to the mainland possibly around Torridon (see below).

Hazards

The sea had a bit of a current so watch out and the river probably gets quite low at low tide.

Date of Last Swim

4th April 2007


River Croe (Kintail)

(A FIVE TRUNK location.)

Location

One of several swimming spots along the River Croe to the east of Morvich, Kintail. Park opposite the Outdoor Centre, but this time follow the track which starts c. 50m before the centre. Continue for about 1km and the swim should be obvious on your left.

Grid Ref

NG975/205

Features

Long stretch of deep water, fantastic views including Beinn Bhuidhe (probably) and pretty midge free.

Hazards

Nothing but the obvious

Date of Last Swim

7th July 2009


River Croe (Kintail)

(A FOUR TRUNK location.)

Location

One of several swimming spots along the River Croe to the east of Morvich, Kintail. Park opposite the Outdoor Centre, but this time follow the track which starts c. 50m before the centre. Continue for about 2km and the swim should be obvious on your left.

Grid Ref

NG980/198

Features

Fantastic views (when clear) and pretty midge free.

Hazards

Henry reports that the mud was sticky!

Date of Last Swim

6th July 2009


River Croe (near Kintail)

(A FOUR TRUNK location, lost points due to midges!)

Location

One of several swimming spots along the River Croe to the east of Morvich, Kintail. Park opposite the Outdoor Centre, follow the road for 100m, cross the road bridge and follow the north bank until you find the meander in the river.

Grid Ref

NG969/208

Features

Easy access from a shelving sandy bank. Gets very deep in middle. Strange underwater grass to look for.

Hazards

Other than the surprising depth watch out for midges!!!

Date of Last Swim

5th July 2009


River Pattack, Cairngorms

(FIVE TRUNK  location)

Location

To east of the northern end of Loch Laggan. Park off A86 and walk up the track which goes past Gallovie (holiday houses for let).  Keep walking and there are pools under both wooden bridges.

Grid ref

NN554/888

Features

Reasonable sized area for swimming and nice stones for basking in the sunshine (or snow in the case of when I went in). The bridge offers a good vantage point for the “support team”.

Hazards

None really.

Date of swim

3rd April 2012

 


River Shiel, Scotland

(A FIVE TRUNK PLUS location)

Location

On the south side of the A87 near the Battle of Glen Sheil sign.  Park in the lay-by, cross the road and the pool should be visible immediately.

Grid ref

Ng 993/132

Features

Easy parking, lovely pool with fast and slow water, adjacent historic battlefield and wonderful setting. What more could you ask for?

Hazards

None really (well unless you count French tourists looking for the battle site, and getting quite a sight!)

Date of Last Swim

9th April 2011


River Sligachan (Isle of Skye)

Location

Park near the Sligachan Hotel on the A87 and follow the river for 20m and you will find pools.

Grid Ref

NG 487/297

Features

Its handy for the hotel which does allow walkers/climbers and we now know wild swimmers in, even when the legendary Shamos bar for then next door is shut.

Hazards

It started to get dark but I think that was more about the time I went in. I’m looking grumpy in the photo because the “support team” are on the Whiskey, even a young child called Ben!!!

Date of Last Swim

6th April 2007


River Sligachan (Isle of Skye)

(A THREE TRUNK location.)

Location

There is a good stretch of the river suitable for swimming close to the hotel and campsite of the same name. If you park on the campsite its only a 5m walk to the river bank.

Grid Ref

NG487/302

Features

Well there is an adjacent campsite and walkers bar so what more could you ask for?

Hazards

Its not as deep as it looks, this area rarely sees sunshine and mIdges live here!

Date of Last Swim

8th July 2009


River Snizort (Isle of Skye)

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Location

About 6km west of Portree on the B885. Park where the road crosses the river and head 100m south for this pool, although I’m sure there are others.

Grid Ref

NG 421/440

Features

The pool is quite sufficient for a reasonable swim, but to be honest just to be able to say that you have had a swim in a river by the name of Snizort made it all worthwhile.

Hazards

Nothing specific.

Date of Last Swim

6th April 2007


River With no name (*tbc*), nr Braemar, Scotland

(A FOUR TRUNK location)

Location

Park in the car park located about 3km south of Braemar adjacent to the A93 where it passes over the first river.

Grid Ref

NO 156/882

Features

Pool large enough for a quick swim this small waterfall. Although the main feature is that you can park and be in the water in seconds!

Hazards

Stones surprisingly slippery.

Date of Last Swim

5th August 2010


Scout’s Pool (Keltie Water, near Callendar, Stirling)

Location

You need to follow the minor road from Callendar (west of Stirling) past to golf course up to the point it is gated. Park on side of road and follow the track over a stream and turn left. Then pick your pool because there are several excellent swims. This one is probably called the Scout’s Pool.

Grid Ref

640100 (on OS Sheet 57)

Features

Excellent sized pool with relatively easy access.

Hazards

None really (except the cold)

Date of Last Swim

21st April 2008


Sheriff Muir, Nr Dunblane (near Stirling)

(A FOUR TRUNK location)

Location

Best to follow instructions in Daniel Starts book as although not far from Dunblane or Stirling does involve little roads. But note there is now no “no litter” sign, but there are “no swimming” signs to let you know you have found the right spot!!

Grid Ref

NN819011

Features

This is an excellent plunge pool i.e good fun but not much good for swimming. You can slide down the small waterfall and your backside is protected by moss!

Hazards

None really, although there are signs warning of Lyme disease!

Date of Last Swim

11th April 2010


Touch Burn waterfall, Stirling

(FOUR TRUNK  locations)

Location

Park in the same place as for the Touch Hill Lochans (see below) but after that you’ll either need a local guide (mine was Stephen Kirk) or quite alot of time as despite being on the edge of the wood its tricky to find.

Grid ref

NS740/924

Features

Great little waterfall with cave behind and reasonably amount of deep water for swimming (well in March there was anyway).

Hazards

None really, but it is a waterfall so watch out for bits of trees coming over the fall!!

Date of swim

30th March 2012


Touch Hills, Stirling

(FOUR TRUNK  locations)

Location

There are three lochans (reservours really) just west of Stirling. Easiest access is from the minor road which goes up into the hills from Cambusbarron (just south of A811). Go as far as you can and there is parking on the site of the road near the water works.

Grid ref

NS730/915

Features

Close to Stirling but feels remote. Access easy and plenty of deep water.

Hazards

Best to watch out incase the water board pull out the plug and obviously don’t swim too close to the dam! Also one of the Lochans was a bit rough!!

Date of swim

30th March 2012

 


The Witches Cauldron, Nr Spean Bridge (just north of Fort William)

(A FIVE TRUNK location)

Location

This is a handy stop off if you are driving up the A82 north of Fort William. Turn off just after the Commando Monument onto the B8004 then turn left along the B8005, after 3km there is a bridge and adjacent car park. Just follow the signs..

Grid Ref

NN176/889

Features

I guess the main thing to say is that you can park and be in the water in a matter of seconds. The waterfalls are impressive and there is plenty of room for swimming.

Hazards

There were a few submerged trees/branches so watch out (although they are quite handy for standing on if you want a rest- see below). When I went in the current was quite strong inevitably increasing near the waterfall.

 

Date of Last Swim

10th April 2010