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Water of Life

Speyside is a landscape of whiskies and waters. As much as the malt whisky trail it is famous for, swimming around Speyside is a delightful way to explore the area, says Susanne Masters

Whisky is a word derived from the Gaelic ‘usquebach’, meaning water of life.. Speyside whiskies are shaped by the granite Grampian Mountains that give rise to soft water. These granite mountains also cradle lochs and provide plenty of river pools and waterfalls that then merge into wider slower swoops of river. The landscape is a playground for outdoor swimmers as well as a source of whisky.


Castle swims

Loch an Eilein Castle is on an island just a 70-metre swim from the shore of Loch an Eilein. This sheltered loch is set in a forest and swimming to the castle is not too tough. By contrast Lochindorb Castle on an island in Lochindorb is more of a challenge. Lochindorb Castle is 300 metres from the shore, and Lochindorb is exposed on higher ground without sheltering trees. This makes swimming to Lochindorb Castle and back more suited to good weather in summer.

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Welcome to the Christmas issue. This month we talk to English Channel record holder Becky Lewis about her seven crossings (and counting!) and to Beth French about her plan to complete the Oceans Seven in one year, despite suffering from ME. Have you ever wanted to swim an Ice Mile? We have expert advice on how to train safely for one of swimming's most extreme challenges. And if you like a bit of trail running with your outdoor swimming, we take an in-depth look at the endurance sport of swimrun. We have inspiring travel features on Italy, Scotland and the French Riviera. And as it's Christmas we have some delicious cake recipes to try! Plus all the usual training advice and sessions, news, interviews, inspirational stories and event listings for 2016.
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