I had noticed on the openwaterswimevents website that there was a swim at Loch Ken in southern Scotland on the weekend before the Big Un. They were offering a 1km swim, a 2km swim, and a 4km swim, but the timings of them meant that it was possible to do all three. The online entry system though seemed to have an implicit bias that meant you could only do one swim. Now… Read More

The next step in my regime of increasing distance for the Big Un was to do a 5km race at Loch Ard. There was some doubt as to whether the event would take place at all, as the water temperature was being very stubborn and not rising above 11c. However, a week of warmer weather (by Scottish standards, which meant there was more sun than rain), had the water temp sky-rocketing to… Read More

The day after the great Scottish Swim, a group of four fanatics from Wild West Swimmers, organised a training swim for the Big Un swim. What is the Big un swim? Well that is a 10 mile (16km) swim from one end of Loch Rannoch to the other, to be held in mid-September. The training swim was to start at Aldochlay and finish at Balloch, down the western shore of Loch Lomond,… Read More

  The biggest swimming event in Scotland was held on the last Saturday on August on Loch Lomond. The event known as the Great Scottish Swim is the last swim of the summer in the five race great swim series, with the over four swims held south of the border in England. Usually at this time of year, the loch is at its warmest and can get to 18c. But as this… Read More

  This swim is not the famous Pier to Pub swim in Lorne in Victoria Australia where they have 4000 swimmers  with places allocated by a ballot. No this is the bespoke Pier to Pub swim in Loch Lomond in Scotland. The start line is the Burnfoot ferry wharf on the mainland, and the finishing point is the pub on Inchmurrin the largest fresh-water island  in the British Isles. The total distance… Read More

  I had been looking for some events to undertake as part of my preparation for the 10 mile swim at the end of September. I found an event at Coniston on the wonderful openwaterswimevents website ( to be held on 16 August. This was the third swim of the season hosted by Epic Events at various lakes in the Lakes District in North West England. They also do events earlier in… Read More

As mentioned in previous posts, I have joined a social group of swimmers called the Wild West Swimmers. This group is fortunate to have numerous lochs and waterways to swim in near Glasgow in Scotland. The biggest waterway is Loch Lomond which is the largest freshwater lake by surface area in the UK. A call went up from some intrepid swimmers in the group to do a five island swim in Loch… Read More

      I entered a swim at Balloch on Loch Lomond called the Wee Beastie swim to be held in late July. This event comprised three distances of 400m, a half-mile, or the full mile. The swim was to be held on a Saturday afternoon, with the Scottish Aquathlon in the morning, and a full day of triathlon on the Sunday. After my last swim event I decided to enter the… Read More

  It is mid June in Scotland and I had entered my very first race in the UK. The race was to be held at Milarrochy Bay on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond, a place I had swam at in the winter. There were three races on the day with a choice of a 1km, a 2km, or a 3km over a 1 km loop. Unlike most of the Australian swims… Read More