Open Water Swimming in Scotland

Open water swimming at Corpach Basin

Cuil Bay Swim

Swimmer at sunset at Cuil Bay

Swimmers at the Lighthouse at Gairlochy

There are so many great places to enjoy wild swimming in and around Lochaber. Here are our favourites. Please remember to consider others at all times. If arriving by car please be considerate; park in sensible spots; take all rubbish home so others can enjoy the natural beauty of the place we live.

Things to take

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Hot drink for afterwards

Nice to have and available to purchase at Off Beat Bikes are:

  • Wetsuit
  • Safety buoy
  • Neoprene gloves
  • Neoprene hat
  • Neoprene boots
  • Goggles
  • Dryrobe for afterwards

Top tips for staying safe in open water

  • Think before you swim. Check your entry and exit points and take into account currents and tides
  • Don’t mix swimming and alcohol
  • Swim with other people – ideally that know the area and have swum in open water before
  • Don’t jump in. Enter the water slowly to prevent ‘cold water shock’
  • Let people know where you are and what you’re doing (e.g. inform beach lifeguards or even the coast guard if planning a long coastal swim)
  • Make sure you’re visible in the water
  • If someone gets in trouble, don’t put yourself at risk but call for help – dial 999 or 112
  • If you find yourself in difficulty FLOAT TO LIVE


For more information on locations or for purchasing open water swimming gear, get in touch with Off Beat Bikes by messenger or email