SwimWild Highland Gathering
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30th September – 2nd October
More information on the 2022 event to follow (early 2022)
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.
What is the SwimWild Highland Gathering?
The best way to describe the SWHG is a mini wild swimming festival in the Highlands.
It is also –
An end of season party
A gathering of like-minded swimmers/dippers from around Scotland (and further afield!)
A great mixture of exploring and socialising
It is NOT a fully guided swimming holiday. The main Gathering site is in the grounds of Inshriach Estate, with camping and a lovely swim spot on the River Spey. Other swims are organised at different locations around the area, and you will be required to get between locations under your own steam (car sharing is encouraged!)
Alice has been running the Gathering at Inshriach since 2017. Although the event has grown over the years we have decided to strictly limit numbers in 2021 to keep it small. We are not trying to be a big festival. We want everyone to enjoy themselves, meet new people and swim in unique places!
Will it rain? Possibly
Will it snow? Hopefully not in early October, but you never know!
Will the be Dryrobe dancing? Of course!
Will there be cake? Hell yes, and plenty of it!
Can’t make it to the whole weekend, can I come for just part of it?
This year, we have decided to keep numbers low and will only sell full weekend tickets and not individual day tickets. The exception to this is the Saturday evening when you can buy a ticket just to come and use the hot tub/sauna area and then join the party in the yard, or just purchase entry to the party. All options are bookable online. If you can’t arrive until Saturday morning or need to leave on Sunday afternoon/evening, that is no problem. Please still purchase a full weekend ticket.
Can I stay on-site?
YES! There are accommodation options available on-site – cosy rooms in the main house, glamping and camping. More information on each of these options can be found in the sections below.
All on-site accommodation options are available to book online when you buy your ticket.
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Here is a rough outline of the weekend…
Friday 1st October
PM – Arrive/settle in, River Spey dip, hot tub, sauna, BBQ.
Saturday 2nd October
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.
Late PM – Loch an Eilein castle swim
Evening – Gin party at Inshriach Distillery -Time for a spot of dryrobe dancing!
Sunday 3rd October
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.
Late PM – River Spey dip, hot tub, sauna.
Evening – DIY BBQ down by the river.
Monday 4th October
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 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 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 – RESERVED
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 – RESERVED
Room 6 (Nursery) – Twin – £380
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.
All rooms are available to book online when you book your ticket to the event.
- The Bothy – £110 per night – Sleeps 2 (mezzanine double bed) RESERVED
- The Log House **NEW** – £130 per night – Sleeps 2/3 (mezzanine double bed + sofa) AVAILABLE
- The Shepherds Hut – £95 per night. Sleeps 2 (double bed) RESERVED
- The Beer Moth – £95 per night. Sleeps 2 (double bed) RESERVED
- The Yurt – £95 per night. Sleeps 2 (double bed) RESERVED
All glamping options are available for 3 nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and are bookable online when your purchase your ticket for the event.
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. The camping field is basic (it is a field!)
Please note that the track to get to the camping field is solid but fairly bumpy. You are welcome to drive cars and camper vans down to the camping area or leave cars up at the main parking area closer to the road.
There will be portaloos down by the camping area and a gas-powered outdoor shower a short walk to the middle of the site is shared with all the other spaces on site.
Camper vans are welcome, but please note that the camping field is down a long, rough track, around 800m from the road. Unfortunately, due to a steep section of track, the camping area is NOT suitable for larger camper vans and caravans.
Food will be available in the evenings during the gathering but only Friday night food will 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 (induced in ticket price). BYO drinks
- Saturday evening – Pizzas and Gin Bar (also serves other drinks)
- Sunday evening – DIY BBQ by the river. BYO drinks and food to cook
What kit do I need to bring with me?
- Swimming kit! Including neoprene socks or swim footwear. Some of the entries are pretty stony/rocky so it is much easier if you have some protection on your feet.
- Warm kit for between swims. Essential! Remember to bring a woolly hat.
- A flask for hot drinks.
- A torch, preferably a head torch. The main gathering area by the river is a good 800m walk from the house/camping/parking.
- Waterproofs. If it is anything like previous years, it WILL rain, so be ready!
- Sturdy footwear. Some of the swim spots require a lengthy walk to get to. Make sure you have good walking boots if you want to do some of the more off the beaten track swims.
- Cash for extra meals and drinks.