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GUIDED SWIM EXPERIENCES

 

Image credit: Hope Blamire Artist

LOCATIONS

Most of the swimming will take place along the white sandy beaches and turquoise coastlines of Lewis and Harris or freshwater lochs that are easily accessed and are suitable to all swimming abilities. The choice of location will be tailored to your requirements but will also depend upon the conditions of the day.

 

The most challenging swims will be between small islands, across channels or around rugged areas of coastline but this will only be undertaken by the more experienced sea swimmers with water craft safety provided. Long-distance swims to outer islands can be arranged by special request. 

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EQUIPMENT

Wetsuit, socks/boots, goggles and gloves are included in your experience if required. Mandatory equipment (bright swim cap and tow-float) will also be provided. You are welcome to bring your own equipment but your tow-float and swim cap will need to meet the safety requirements and is mandatory for wetsuit and non-wetsuit swims.

 

The temperature of the sea around the Hebrides varies from 9 - 14 degrees in the summer so if you are not used to these temperatures you might want to bring a thermal rash vest for over your swimsuit or under your wetsuit. Time in the water can be adjusted according to experience.

Loch temperatures can be higher than the sea in the summer but much colder in the winter. 

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Gerry & Katia

Traigh Mhor, Tolsta, Isle of Lewis

 
 

SAFETY

For beginner sessions, please ensure you can tread water for a few minutes and swim at least 10 minutes non-stop in a pool before booking. Beginner sessions are undertaken along the beach/shore where entry and exit points are easily accessible. For any other guided swim including swimming holidays (excluding beginner retreats) you must be confident swimming a mile in the open water and if you prefer to swim without a wetsuit please ensure you are acclimatised to colder temperatures for the distances mentioned above. Your guide is an insured experienced open water swimmer, STA Open Water Coach an RLSS Open Water Lifeguard. For longer distances extra guides/kayaks or boat safety will be provided.

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BOOK A SWIM

GUIDED SWIM ADVENTURES FOR BEGINNER"S AND EXPERIENCED OPEN WATER SWIMMERS

For Groups or Individuals

Experience the thrill of swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Hebrides in a relaxed environment along the beaches and shores with an experienced local guide. Suitable for beginners this experience will add wonderful memories to your holiday.

The choice of stroke is yours, even doggy paddle but you should be able to tread water confidently and swim for 10 mins non-stop in a pool before your swim. Location can be tailored to your needs, lochs or sea but ultimately dependent on the safest option.

All safety equipment and wetsuit hire is included in the price. From age 10 upwards. Max group size 6.

 

Summer duration 60-90 mins

Winter duration 30-45 mins

1 person £40pp winter/£60pp summer

2 people £60 winter/£90 summer

3 people £80 winter/£120 summer

4 people £100 winter/£150 summer

5 people £120 winter/£180 summer

6 people £140 winter/£210 summer

Suitable for beginners

*Winter rates - November to April

Summer rates - May to October 

Hebridean Wild Swim Experience

From £40* per person

The ultimate swim explore in the Outer Hebrides. After taking in the spectacular scenery of Bosta beach and the Iron Age house grab your kit and head off to the uninhabited island of Little Bernera for a swim adventure of your life. 

Leaving the white sandy beach behind you'll swim through a narrow channel towards the secluded island of Little Bernera. There are a number of exit points ranging from a 500m distance to 1 mile.

 

For the more adventurous you can tackle a swim all the way round to the Traigh Mhor, a stunning turquoise lagoon once visited never forgotten. A distance of 1.5 miles. Passing the old temple ruin on your way, it'll be hard to continue with the many beach landings you can exit from. Whatever you decide you are guaranteed an awesome adventure. 

 

Full safety cover will be provided and your change robe and rucksack transported so you can explore the history of the island without worrying about getting cold. On selected dates boat cover is provided for those who would prefer only to swim in the lagoon or swim one way.

Not for beginners

Available May to October

Little Bernera

Half Day Excursion

£contact

You haven't seen the Isle of Lewis if you haven't visited Uig on the West side of Lewis. Wrapped in white sandy beaches with uninhabited islands and green hills with sheep grazing casually, this is not an area to miss on your trip to the Outer Hebrides.

Swimming from the outstretched sheltered beach of Reef (Traigh na Berie) we'll gently guide you towards the tiny island of Siaram Mor (big) and Siaram beag (small) joined together by a white sandbank. You can stop here for a short explore or snorkel and return back to Reef beach or you can continue onto Pabbay Mor*, a larger island with a blue lagoon, smuggler's cave and natural arch. Your rucksack will be transported so you can explore Pabbay for an hour or so.

Reef to Siaram

From £60pp

Distance 1200m return

Allow 60-90 minutes

Suitable for beginner/improver open water swimmers but you must be confident to swim the total distance and tread water.

Reef to Pabbay

From £75pp (min 2)

Distance 2600m return

Allow up to 3 hours 

Suitable for experienced open water swimmers able to swim at least 2km

Available May to October

Guided Swim to Pabbay Mor via Siaram (Uig)

From £60 per person