SwimWild Highland Gathering

20th – 23rd September 2019 **Weekend tickets SOLD OUT**

SwimWild Highland Gathering 2019


A fun weekend of wild swimming in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. The gathering will be held in the grounds of Inshriach House (PH22 1QP) a couple of miles south of Aviemore, on the banks of the River Spey.

From afternoon/evening on Friday 20th to Monday morning (23rd) September. Day tickets for 21st and 22nd will also be available if you can’t make the whole weekend. Non-swimming partners/family/dogs also welcome.

Here is a rough outline of the weekend

Friday 20th September

PM - Arrive/settle in, River Spey dip, hot tub, sauna, BBQ.

Saturday 21st September

AM – Group swim.
Next – Options for different swims, including a challenging walk to a mountain loch or an easier walk to the Green Lochan (Lochan Uaine) from Glenmore, or easier access option at Loch Pityoulish.
PM - Hot tub/Sauna fired up and free to use all afternoon.
Film session number 1 (film TBC)
Late PM - Fun river swim.
Evening - Gin and Pizza party at Inshriach Distillery -Time for a spot of dryrobe dancing!

Sunday 22nd September

AM – Group swim.
Next - Options for different swims including walking up to an amazing swim spot up the River Feshie, or visit the Uath Lochans (with an optional walk to the viewpoint), or Loch Alvie. 
PM - Hot tub/Sauna fired up and free to use all afternoon.
Film session number 2 (film TBC).
Late PM - River Spey dip, hot tub, sauna.
Evening – DIY BBQ down by the river.

Monday 23rd September

AM – Morning dip, pack up, say goodbye :-)

NOTE - This is a rough outline of what will happen over the weekend and will be subject to change. 

NOTE – All swims are at your own risk. You will also need to have your own transport or car-share between swim locations.

There are various accommodation options (see section below), including a limited number of glamping places and rooms in the main house and, of course, plenty of space for tents and camper vans.

Tickets for the Gathering will go on sale in April 2019, however if you would like to reserve a room in the main house or one of the glamping options before that, get in touch!


Inshriach Estate is around 4 miles outside Aviemore on the backroad (B970) between Inverdruie and Feshiebridge. As well as some fabulous glamping and camping options on site there are limited places in the main house.

Inshriach House

Inshriach House is a beautiful Edwardian shooting lodge with many original features. The house sleeps 17 in 10 rooms. There are 5 doubles, 2 twins and 3 singles. Bathrooms are all shared and you will be able to use the main kitchen downstairs. 


Prices are per room and indicate the cost for the whole gathering – three nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).

Room 1 (Mrs Black) - Large double - BOOKED
Room 2 (Mr George) – Double - BOOKED
Room 3 (Miss Black) – Double - BOOKED
Room 4 (Spare Room) – Large double - BOOKED
Room 5 (Uncle Arthur) – Small double - BOOKED
Room 6 (Nursery) – Twin - BOOKED 
Room 7 (French maid) – Single - BOOKED
Room 8 (Poor room) – Single - BOOKED
Room 9 (House Keeper) – Twin - BOOKED
Room 10 (West Bedroom) – Single - BOOKED 

Unfortunately, it is not possible to reduce the cost if you can only stay for two nights. The rooms will also be available on Thursday night if you would like to make it a four-night stay or can manage three nights - Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Please get in touch to discuss.

A 25% deposit is required to secure your room, with the balance payable 4 weeks prior to the Gathering weekend.


The Bothy - £95 per night – Sleeps 2 (double bed) - BOOKED

The Shepherds Hut - £85 per night. Sleeps 2 (double bed) - BOOKED

The Beer Moth - £85 per night. Sleeps 2 (double bed) - BOOKED

The Yurt - £85 per night. Sleeps 2 (double bed) - BOOKED

If you are happy with something a little more basic but do not wish to bring your own tent with you we have a couple of bell tents you hire. We will provide blow up mattresses but not sleeping bags/bedding – so please bring your own.

Bell tent 1- £105 per night – Sleeps up to 4 - RESERVED
Bell tent 2 – £105 per night – Sleeps up to 4.

All glamping options are available for 3 nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and there is a minimum of 2-night stay (Friday and Saturday). If you would like to stay longer than 3 nights please contact SwimWild.


Camping (own tent or campervan) £15 per night. You will be able to pre-pay for this when you buy your ticket. 

There is plenty of space for camping. Please note that the track to get to the camping field is solid but fairly bumpy. It may be possible to park larger vehicles closer to the yard. 

There will be loos down by the camping area and a bathroom with a hot shower 600m away in the yard.


Food will be available in the evenings during the gathering but will not be included in the ticket price. Other meals are up to you. There are plenty of great locals cafes etc. 

Evening meals - 

Friday evening - BBQ down by the river. BYO drinks.

Saturday evening - Woodfired pizzas and Gin Bar (also serves other drinks)

Sunday evening - DIY BBQ by the river. BYO drinks and food to cook. 


Flights can be pretty cheap if booked in advance. 

It is possible to fly to Inverness Airport from London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester. From there it is easy to hire a car and it’s 40 miles drive to Aviemore. It is also possible to get a bus from Inverness Airport to Inverness and then a train down to Aviemore. 

From other UK/European airports (including Southampton/Bournemouth Airports) it is possible to fly to Edinburgh or Glasgow. It takes around 2 hours 15 mins to drive from Edinburgh and a bit more to drive from Glasgow – but there are some excellent swim spots along the way! 

It is also possible to get the day or overnight train direct from London to Aviemore. www.sleeper.scot

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