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Kimberley Grant, co-author of the new book Wild Guide Scotland, shares her favourite places for wild swimming

The Scottish Highlands and Islands are home to some of the most magical and undisturbed wild swimming spots in Europe. Thanks to its heavy rainfall and beautifully diverse landscape, those who are willing to brave the cold temperatures can enjoy Scotland’s peaceful lochs, clean rivers with rushing falls and dark gorges and spectacular bays. Taking the plunge in the fresh waters up here can be an incredibly invigorating experience, and what better way to heat up after your adventure than with a dram by the campfire.


Each wild swim can be located using the latitude and longitude provided. This is given in decimal degrees and can be entered straight into any web-based mapping program, such as Google, Bing or Streetmap. Print out the map before you go or email a screengrab to yourself. You can also enter the coordinates into your GPS, car satnav or smartphone. Postcodes are also included in the directions where possible as these are often easier to enter into a device and have a specific point location. If you have paper maps, look up the equivalent national grid reference in the conversion table at the back of the book. Approximate walk-in times are given, for one way only (allowing 15mins per km).

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Swimming challenges come in all shapes and sizes. In the pages of this issue we hear from swimmers from around the world who have pushed their boundaries to achieve remarkable things. From recovering alcoholic Paul Parrish’s inspiring English Channel swim to the Muslim Swim Sisters competing in their first open water race, outdoor swimmers make up a broad and accepting community. Whether you are training for a marathon swim or for your first one-mile event – or if you just love the freedom of swimming outdoors – this issue has inspiring stories, training advice and wild swimming recommendations for all kinds of swimmers. Are you feeling lucky? If you find a Golden Ticket inserted in this magazine you are the winner of a changing robe from dryrobe worth £129.99. Good luck! Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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