Swim Loch Tay


Sat 17th Sep 2022

Loch Tay Highland Lodges, by Killin, Perthshire, FK21 8TY
250m, 750m, 1500m, 3K or 5K
From 11am
From £10 to £45


  • Theresa Elliot (verified owner)

    Loved this event. I had a great day just swimming at my own pace, at times in my own wee world.
    This is what I love about it, it great for those wanting to race and be first etc and for those that just want to achieve a personal challenge. For me it was about getting a better time than last time. It is true what Tay Fitness advertise, it about helping every swimmer home.
    It’s a well organised event, with great friendly volunteers marshaling.

  • Anne-Marie Davison (verified owner)

    My first outdoor swimming event, the build up info was all useful, the event was well planned, everyone was so friendly, I enjoyed it very much, and was happy that it didn’t matter how long I took, I would finish. To have people help me stand up and get to the finish line, was a must! I’d forgotten how to stand ! Thank you all

  • I Rathbone (verified owner)

    All the volunteers and commentators were really friendly, encouraging and welcoming. Those on the kayakers were engaging and made me feel safe in the open water. It was really nice when coming out of the water that there was a line of volunteers to hold me up, and help me find my feet again. The event was well organised, and the piper did really well.

  • Brian Mccormack (verified owner)

    Loved the event , really well run and a lovely friendly atmosphere . . Many thanks to all concerned organisers marshals , canoeists and competitors (oh and the stunning Loch Tay ) it all combined to make a very memorable event

  • Annie Robinson (verified owner)

    Fantastic well organised event. Really happy to accommodate my request to change swim distance. Brilliant atmosphere and piper was a lovely touch. Accommodation on site was great and brilliant food at the Boathouse. Will definitely bring family back so they can enjoy the lodges and surroundings too

  • Anna Crampin (verified owner)

    I was staying at the lodges with some friends when an email alerted us to the swimming event this weekend. I hadn’t realised and was absolutely delighted when there were spots in the 5k swim for me and in the 250m for my daughter. Lovely setting, being piped into the water and support at each turning buoy made the event brilliant. I’m already looking for my next Tay Fitness Event!

  • Ingrid Machell (verified owner)

    What a great event! My first attempt at swimming 5k and I was so delighted that I did it at Loch Tay. The whole event was superbly run, and I couldn’t fault anything. Unfortunately I was quite cold by halfway, and began to struggle. The last lap seemed to take forever, and I couldn’t thank the young lad in the kayak who paddled alongside me for a while – it made a HUGE difference as I was feeling quite lonely! Thanks to the volunteers who helped me out of the water, to Dougie the amazing commentator, and all my fabulous friends who waited for me after completing their own swims, and made it an epic finish. I think we’ll all be back next year!

  • Nicola Greenan (verified owner)

    What a brilliant and well run event. We were here last year and after it being cancelled we were so pleased that it was going ahead.
    I felt so supported and safe throughout the event and the encouragement from the support staff made it so much fun!
    Thank you all for a great day! 👍

  • Steven Cowling (verified owner)

    Friendly and well organised event. Beautiful location and excellent facilities. Already looking forward to next year, think I’ll stay at the lodges and make a weekend of it with the family. Lovely to bump in to a friend at the event who I hadn’t realised was also a swimmer. Brilliant day all round. Thanks to all involved!

  • Sarah McEwan (verified owner)

    First OWS event and it was fantastic. Great organisation, felt very safe in the water, and lots of thought had gone into the after-swim part (although I was not as cold as I anticipated!). Thank you very much – my swim buddy and I will be back!


    + How much does it cost to enter?

    250m: £10

    750m: £25

    1500m: £35

    3Km: £40

    5Km: £45

    + What are the age limits?
    • 250m – 8 years + (8 to 12 year olds must swim with an adult over 18). If the adult is entered in another event, they can join their child for free. The adult will use the same timing chip and swim cap issued at registration. 13 years + do not need to swim with adult supervision.
    • Other distances – 16 years +
    + What's included in the entry fee?
    • Professionally organised event
    • Medal for all participants
    • Electronic chip timing via ankle straps
    • Full water safety cover to governing body standards (Kayaks, motor boats etc.)
    • Medical provision at the event hub
    • Discounted accommodation at Loch Tay Highland Lodges over the event weekend. You will receive your discount code in your confirmation email after your register.
    • Free access to photos on this website and social media
    • Race hydration from Active Root
    • Parking close to the start/finish
    • Swim cap
    + What facilities are available?
    • Male/Female/Disabled Toilets
    • Changing Tents
    • Showers
    • First Aid – Event hub and on the water
    • Car parking – In fields close to the start
    • Hot and cold food and drinks – On-site restaurant
    + What is the course layout?
    • The course will set off from the marina into a 750m looped circuit. Swimmers will complete the required number of loops before returning to the marina to finish.
    • 5K swimmers will complete 4 loops of a 1250m loop.
    • There will be a separate loop for the 250m swim.
    • Note: Course layout subject to change dependant on weather conditions.
    + What's the event schedule?

    9am: Registration tent opens

    11.00am: 250m start

    11.30am: 5K start

    11.45am: 3K start

    12pm: 1500m start

    12.15pm: 750m start

    NOTE: The above times are now confirmed for 2022.

    + Is the event timed?
    • Every participant in the will be accurately timed using chip timing technology from Perfect Timing Scotland.
    • Timing chips will be attached to your ankle using a velcro strap
    • Timing chips are collected. on the day of the event
    • Soon after the event, all race results will be posted online and on social media.
    + Are there cut-off times?

    No! No matter how fast or slow you think you are, we will support every swimmer to complete the event. Participants will only be withdrawn from the event or asked not to continue if your health and safety is compromised due to illness, injury or the effects of cold water.

    + Where do I register on the day?

    On the day of the event swimmers must register at the marina from 9am. At registration participants will receive their ‘Event Pack’ which will include a numbered swim cap, race timing chip and ankle strap.

    + Are there prizes for the winners?

    The swim event is a participation event, not a race. All finishers will earn a medal.

    + Is there car parking available?

    Yes, in fields next to the event hub at Loch Tay Highland Lodges.

    + What catering is available?

    Catering will be available before, during and after the event at the on-site restaurant, The Boathouse. More info can be found HERE.

    + Where can I stay?

    On site at Loch Tay Highland Lodges! Be right on the doorstep of the event and choose from their wide range of accommodation. Suitable for individuals, couples, families and groups, there is something for everyone. All entrants will receive a discount code, in their confirmation email, to book a stay at Loch Tay Highland Lodges, over the event weekend.

    + Do I need to wear a wetsuit and use a tow float?
    • Wetsuit use is mandatory if the water temperature is 15⁰C or below, or optional if the water temperature is 15.1⁰C or above. This applies to swimmers aged 16 years or older.
    • Swimmers aged 15 and under will be required to wear a wetsuit regardless of water temperature.
    • Due to the number of swimmers and their close proximity to one and other, tow floats are NOT permitted at the event.
    + Is the event safe?

    Tay Fitness Events want to reassure you that you will be in very safe hands while taking part in Swim Loch Tay. Throughout the event you will be monitored by water safety kayakers and motor boat staff and medics. You will never be far from our highly skilled event team, ready to help you.  If for whatever reason you require some assistance, just lay on your back, pop your hand up, and one of our safety team will make their way to you to check everything is ok.

    + Terms and Conditions - Swim Loch Tay

    Terms and Conditions

    If Swim Loch Tay is cancelled due to circumstances out of the organisers control then no refunds will be offered, and the organiser will accept no further liability arising from a cancellation. This includes situations such as adverse weather/water conditions or major incidents. If this occurs, the organisers will endeavour to reschedule the event. In this scenario all original entrants will have their entry automatically transferred to the rescheduled event.

    If the event is cancelled due to circumstances within the organisers control then entrants will be offered a 50% refund. Entrants must apply by email to claim their refund. No refunds will be granted after 30 days have passed from the event date.

    + Can I defer/transfer/get a refund?

    Deferrals: If a participant is unable to take part they may request a deferral up to 1 month before the event.  Deferrals must be used the following year and cannot be deferred for a second time.

    Transfers: If a participant is unable to take part they may request to transfer their place to another runner up until 1 week before the event. If the race numbers have already been posted out it is up to the runners to organise exchange of the race number.

    Refunds: Can be requested until 1 month before the event and are subject to a 10% admin fee. After this date, credit codes will be issued if the withdrawn place can be reallocated to a new participant. Credit codes are also subject to a 10% admin fee. They can be used against any other event within 1 year.

    Make a Request: If you wish to request a deferral, transfer or refund, please email [email protected]

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