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 with thousands of people taking the plunge each year during the Great Scottish Swim in Loch Lomond and in 2018 the National Park will be hosting the open water swimming element of the first European Championships.
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.