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Best wild swimming spots in Scotland

Updated: Jan 3

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track wild swimming spots scattered across Scotland.


Wild swimming popularity has increased over the years and it's no surprise why. Dipping yourself in freezing cold water has become a trend recently and includes benefits such as improved immunity, boosted circulation and even weight loss!


Wild swimmers are desperately searching for their next wild swimming spot; exploring secluded coves as well as rivers and lochs.


In this article, we share with you some of our favourite wild swimming spots located in Scotland.




1) Glen Etive


The drive to this gorgeous place is fantastic and the views are out of this world. If you're lucky, you may even be able to see some deers around the area! There are waterfalls to take a look at and enjoy, and the water is chilled perfectly for a quick dip!



2) Inversnaid


These amazing sandy beaches around Inversnaid offers visitors the chance to swim in one of Scotland's most famous bodies of water.




3) Falls of Falloch


If you're travelling between Glasgow to Glencoe and Fort Williams, then you definitely need to stop off at these waterfalls for a quick pit stop and dip. The waterfall includes a decent sized basin where you can go for a swim. We also recommend checking at the caged viewpoint as it gives Jurassic Park vibes!



4) Plodda Falls


A breath-taking waterfall which can be tricky to descend and climb back if conditions are wet. The pool is filled only by a small trickling stream. The water is known to be absolutely freezing, so if you do plan to take a dip, bring a wet suit!




5) Seacliff Beach


Regarded as one of the best beaches in East Lothian; Seacliff Beach is the perfect place for those wanting to visit a secluded beach and have a quiet dip. There are many rock pools for visitors to enjoy, and can be rewarded by views of Tantallon Castle and Bass Rock.




6) Hell's Lum


Hell's Lum is a unique cove and cave complex which is a collapsed sea cave only accessed through a gaping hole in the Cullykhan Bay cliffs. One there, visitors can enjoy a refreshed and peaceful dip.



7) Achmelvich Bay


Beautiful white sand and clear water are what visitors can expect when spending a day at Achmelvich Bay. The water is very shallow and is easy to swim in, plus it's not even that cold!




8) Castle Stalker


Swim whilst admiring the beauty of Castle Stalker; what better view could you ask for?! However, please remember that Castle Stalker is private property, so don't attempt to swim up to the mini island!



9) Traigh Mhor


Traigh Mhor is a stunning beach with amazing views, and is well worth the journey to get there! It is very scenic and quiet with some cool wildlife to see too. If you're in the area, it's worth visiting for a lovely pleasant swim with hardly anybodyu around!



We hoped you enjoyed discovering the less known wild swimming spots which are scattered around Scotland. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Scotland trip even more memorable!


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