Swim in the unexplored areas of Loch Etive – Wild Swimming Scotland

Do you fancy swimming in parts of Loch Etive that you can only get to by boat, foot or bike?

If so, come and join us for a day trip while we journey on a  dive boat down the loch from Oban.

We will aim to stop and swim in 3 different spots through the day.

You’d be crazy to miss it.

If you are travelling solo, we’d love to have you come and join the welcoming swim family.

It is suggested that you stay the night before in or around Oban as it will be a 9.00am start from Dunstaffnage Marina. You will need to source your own accommodation.

A little bit about this beautiful loch

Loch Etive, known as Loch Eite in Scottish Gaelic, is a captivating 30 km sea loch located in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. Here are some remarkable features and interesting facts about this stunning body of water:

Goddess Connection: The name “Etive” is believed to mean “little fierce one,” associated with a Gaelic goddess connected to the loch. This mystical association adds an intriguing layer of mythology to Loch Etive.

Geographical Dimensions:

Length: It stretches for approximately 31.6 km (19 miles).

Width: Varying from 1.2 km (0.75 miles) to 1.6 km (1 mile).

Depth: Loch Etive’s depth varies significantly, reaching a maximum of 150 meters (490 feet).

Falls of Lora: The narrow mouth of Loch Etive leads to its most unusual feature—the Falls of Lora. These tidal rapids occur due to the constricted passage where the loch meets the sea. The rushing waters create a mesmerizing spectacle, especially during tidal changes.

Natural Beauty: Loch Etive winds its way through picturesque landscapes, including mountainous terrain. A road along Glen Etive provides access to the head of the loch from Glen Coe, allowing visitors to explore its scenic surroundings.

Seal Colony: Approximately 20 common seals call Loch Etive home. Their presence adds to the loch’s natural charm.

Historical Sites:

Dunstaffnage Castle: Located just seaward of the loch’s mouth, this castle has a rich history. It was once a stronghold of the ancient kingdom of Dál Riata and possibly held the Stone of Scone before its transfer to Scone Palace.

St. Modan’s Priory: On the north shore, the ruins of St. Modan’s Priory date back to the 13th century. Legend has it that Robert Bruce held the last parliament where the Gaelic language was used within its walls.

Tourism and Exploration:

Cruises: Since 1881, cruises up Loch Etive followed by carriage trips to Glen Coe have been popular among tourists.

Connel Bridge: This cantilever bridge spans the loch at the Falls of Lora. Originally built for the Connel to Ballachulish railway, it now serves road traffic.

Joseph Conrad’s Connection: Loch Etive was also the name of an Iron Clipper Ship that the renowned author Joseph Conrad served aboard.

In summary, Loch Etive combines natural beauty, mythology, history, and unique features, making it a special and captivating destination in Scotland

With safety being at the top of our priority list the swims will be determined by safety first. Some swims may need to be altered as a result of incumbent weather.



23 Jun 2024



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