SwimWild Highland Gathering

2021 EVENT - 1st - 4th October 2021

FULL WEEKEND TICKET - £155 per person (does not include accommodation) 

We hope to open ticket sales in June 2021 as by then we should have a better idea of whether or not the event can go ahead, and what form it will have to take.

As always, with limited accommodation available on-site, if you would like to reserve a room in the main house or one of the glamping options before the tickets go on sale, get in touch! Any deposits paid will be fully refunded if the event cannot go ahead or shifted to a new date if the event has to be postponed. 

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 1st to Monday morning (4th) October. Non-swimming partners/friends/dogs also welcome.

Here is a rough outline of the weekend...

Friday 1st October

Saturday 2nd October

Sunday 3rd October

Monday 4th October

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 small camper vans.


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 - £415
Room 2 (Mr George) – Double - £380
Room 3 (Miss Black) – Double - £380
Room 4 (Spare Room) – Large double - £415
Room 5 (Uncle Arthur) – Small double - £225 single occupancy or £315 double occupancy
Room 6 (Nursery) – Twin - RESERVED
Room 7 (French maid) – Single - RESERVED
Room 8 (Poor room) – Single - RESERVED
Room 9 (House Keeper) – Twin - RESERVED
Room 10 (West Bedroom) – Single - RESERVED

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.


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.

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 - 


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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