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Wild Swimming Adventure Holidays and Retreats in Scotland

Whether you are looking for an incredible adventure or a relaxing wild swimming retreat, our swimming holidays let you experience Scotland’s incredible landscape in a unique way – from an aquatic viewpoint. Escorted by our highly qualified swim guides, we provide you with a safe swimming experience so that you can relax and enjoy your stunning surroundings.

At SwimWild, our primary aim is to provide high-quality swimming experiences, swim guides, swim safety, food and accommodation. We hand-pick all of our locations and accommodation very carefully. We source our food locally, often using local chefs, and we work with local boat pilots and experts to make sure that we deliver safe, unique swim experiences. 

SwimWild is NOT a big company offering lots of holidays and retreats each year. Instead, we specialise in providing a small number of exceptional experiences for swimmers. As such, the trips we offer may vary from year-to-year. Please check the details of individual swim trips below or sign up to our newsletter to keep up-to-date with what we have on offer.


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Join one of SwimWild’s wonderful weekend or week-long retreats based in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. Suitable for beginners and experienced swimmers alike, relax and unwind with gentle walks and couple of dips each day, with absolutely no pressure to swim far or fast. Comfortable accommodation, an ample supply of delicious food and plenty of down time mean that you will leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

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Swimming and Yoga Retreat

Join SwimWild for a relaxing week of swimming, gentle walks and yoga in the Cairngorms National Park. Based at the Dell of Abernethy, a stunning Highland lodge that specialises in fresh, locally sourced seasonal food, you’ll get the chance to experience the magic of the Cairngorms with like-minded swimmers.

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Cairngorms Winter Retreat

Join us for a magical weekend of winter swimming. There will be the chance to enjoy two or three short winter dips each day, followed up by wonderful home-cooked food and time to chill around Inshriach’s cosy log fires.

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Adventure Holidays

Join one of SwimWild’s exciting week-long or weekend adventures around Scotland’s incredible coastline and islands. Our adventure trips often collaborate with local boat operators and involve a reasonable amount of walking to help us get to some of the most spectacular and really hard-to-reach swim locations. There are likely to be multiple short swims per day, as well as some optional longer swims. As with all our holidays, we focus on exploring these incredible locations rather than swimming particularly long distances. You can always choose to just join in with the shorter swims and dips, or participate in every swim. 

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Outer Hebrides and St Kilda Expedition

Join SwimWild on an unforgettable swimming expedition as we explore the islands that make up the Northern Outer Hebrides. Our itinerary for the week will be completely flexible and we will swim amongst some of Britain’s most spectacular landscapes

Week-long, Saturday-Friday, 7 days / 6 nights 


Knoydart and the Isles Adventure

Join SwimWild on an unforgettable swimming and walking adventure as we explore remote parts of the Knoydart peninsula, Skye and the Small Isles! 

Week-long, Saturday-Friday, 7 days / 6 nights 

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West Coast Weekends

Join SwimWild for an adventurous weekend exploring the coastline around Glenuig and Moidart. White sands, turquoise waters, history, wildlife and adventure –  this part of Scotland has it all.

Weekend, Friday – Sunday, 3 days / 2 nights 

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Bespoke Experiences & Private Guiding

While our fixed-date group swimming holidays and retreats are our main adventures we can also occasionally set up private retreats or adventure holidays for self-contained groups on dates that suit you. Minimum numbers apply, and as a general rule, private group bookings require at least 6-12 months advanced notice.

We can also sometimes offer full and half-day guided swim adventures the Cairngorms National Park for individuals and small groups.

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