SwimWild is all about having fun and building confidence and skills in open water in breathtakingly beautiful parts of Scotland’s Highlands & Islands. We guide swimmers through this amazing landscape and explore it from a new and very different perspective via short wild swims and weekend breaks, to full adventure swimming expeditions and holidays.
At SwimWild we offer coaching for swimmers of all ages and abilities, ranging from complete beginners and those building or regaining their confidence in the water through to detailed video analysis for experienced swimmers who want to hone their technique.
Whether you want to explore remote beaches and mountain lochs, improve your confidence in open water, refine your swimming technique, or have a race or long-distance swim challenge coming up, SwimWild can help you to find your perfect adventure and achieve your dreams!
There is something magical (and a little bit spooky) about the drive to Loch Arkaig. After a sharp turn away from the exposed shores of Loch Lochy, the narrow road meanders through The Dark Mile, a long line of beech trees that completely cut out any light. We drive through a tunnel of towering, interwoven trees and past crumbling stone walls completely covered in spongy green moss. As we emerge into daylight again we are greeted by the bewitching sight of Eas Chia-aig waterfall, cascading down the steep valley and framed by the golden colours of autumn.
Loch A’an is huge: three miles long and thirty metres deep. In the winter the surface of the loch freezes over completely. In the summer the shallow waters around the edge glow turquoise, while the glacial depths in the middle of the loch shine a deeper, darker blue.