With 22 lochs, the National Park is the perfect place to enjoy an invigorating and inspiring swim. Open water swimming in particular is a popular activity, and each year thousands of people take the plunge during mass participation events in Loch Lomond.
On 7 September 2019 a new open water swimming event is taking place. Go Swim Loch Lomond is suitable for all swimmers from novice to endurance level with distances ranging from just 250m to 10km. This event is a great opportunity to come and try a world class venue where the 2018 European Open Water Championships were held.
Throughout the summer you will see groups of people donning wetsuits and bright coloured caps before taking to the water either to train for a competition or just for fun.
With more people than ever before braving the waters, there are clubs and smaller scale events to help you get started. Whether you’re a tentative beginner or an experienced open water swimmer, it’s essential that you’re well prepared before getting in the water:
If you are planning to swim on Loch Lomond, National Park Rangers will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Contact the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway in Balloch on 01389 722030.
In an emergency call 999, ask for Police and the rescue boat and provide the exact location of the emergency.