A guide to over 100 Scottish river, loch and sea swimming spots
Author: Alice Goodridge
Series title: Swimming Wild
Paperback publication date: 11 May 2023
Paperback ISBN: 9781839811760
Swimming Wild in Scotland by Alice Goodridge is an informative and inspiring book for both new and experienced wild swimmers, featuring over 100 of the best wild swimming spots across the Scottish mainland and islands.
Swimming Wild in Scotland by Alice Goodridge is an informative and
inspiring book for both new and experienced wild swimmers, featuring
over 100 of the best wild swimming spots across the Scottish mainland
Drawing on her vast experience as a long-distance swimmer and open water
swimming coach, Alice has hand-picked locations to help you experience
Scotland at its wild and rugged best. Scotland has a plethora of choice
when it comes to wild swimming – you could take a dip in one of the
stunning lochs of the Cairngorms, splash around in the river pools on
Arran, step out from a deserted white sand beach on remote Great
Bernera, swim right up to a waterfall on the River Pattack, or, for
something a little different, swim in flooded quarries on Easdale or
delight in the easily accessible tidal pools in Fife.
Alice digs into the detail of what makes a fantastic wild swimming
location, sharing her in-depth knowledge of exactly where to get in the
water, where to safely swim once you’re in, the best time to swim if
tides are a consideration, what to expect underfoot as you get in for
your swim, and, just as importantly, you’ll be aware of any potential
hazards. Armed with all this essential knowledge, you can relax and
enjoy your swim, with all the preparation and research taken care of.
This is all backed up by clear Ordnance Survey and custom maps,
information on parking and public transport, and details of enticing
cafes to enjoy a post-swim hot chocolate.
Flick through this book, drawing inspiration from the stunning
photography, as Alice brings each fantastic swimming location to life.
Whether you’re an experienced wild swimmer or just dipping your toes in
the water for the first time, you’ll find plenty to inspire your next
Alice Goodridge is an experienced long-distance swimmer and open
water coach with a passion for introducing people to the joys of
swimming outdoors and exploring Scotland’s lochs, rivers and coasts. In
2022 she swam the length of Scotland’s longest freshwater loch, Loch
Awe, and has numerous other solo marathon and ice swims under her belt.
Since moving to the Cairngorms National Park in 2013, Alice has set up
several local swimming groups and started her own business, SwimWild, organising wild swimming adventures, events and coaching
around Scotland; she is also the creator and event director of the
Scottish Winter Swimming Championships. Alice swims all year round,
often breaking the ice in order to continue swimming through the winter.
She has appeared on the front page of The Times, been featured on the
BBC’s Countryfile and regularly writes and provides illustrations for Outdoor Swimmer magazine. Alice is the illustrator of Wild Waters: A
wildlife and water lover’s companion to the aquatic world, published in
2021. Swimming Wild in Scotland is her first solo book. www.swimwilduk.com
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