SwimWild WinterFest


20th – 22nd January 2023

FULL WEEKEND TICKETS (meals included) – £195 per person (+booking fee)


Please contact us to join the waiting list

Join SwimWild for a fabulous weekend of winter dips, film and talks as we celebrate the winter and share our love of chilly water. There will be multiple chances to swim and an emphasis on gathering together the wonderful cold water community. ⁠SwimWild WinterFest will be held at Loch Insh Outdoor Centre, with lots of accommodation on site.

Location: Loch Insh Outdoor Centre, Kincraig, Kingussie, PH21 1NU

What is SwimWild WinterFest?

A small winter swimming festival in the coldest part of the UK!

A gathering of like-minded cold water swimmers/dippers from around Scotland (and further afield!)

A great mixture of dipping and socialising

Will it snow? Possibly

Will it be wild, rainy and windy? Probably!

What will the water temperature be? Most likely between 0°C and 5°C

Will there be ice? Maybe!

Will there be cake? Hell yes, and plenty of it!

What’s Included?

‘Light up the Loch’ – dip in the dark! 

A chance to don your waterproof lights and harness those creative juices to generate a gorgeous glow. Think lights in tow floats, glow sticks and sparkling fairy light crowns – the brighter the better!

Icy Insh Challenge’ (More information about this to follow)

A no-pressure, non-competitive event that will be more about giving it a go than speedy swimming. Individuals, pairs and teams are all welcome. Prizes for creative headwear and fancy dress!

Loch-side Sauna Box to warm you up after your swims.

Winter Swim Stories Session

A chance to bring our festival swimmers together and share personal experiences of winter and why they love swimming.

Scottish Premiere of ‘The Ice Mile’ film

Starring our own SwimWild Becca and Loch Insh, where the final Ice Mile attempt was filmed. This will be shown on Saturday night, followed by a Q&A with Becca and Filmmaker Rachel Sarah.⁠

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Here is a rough outline of the weekend…

Friday 20th January –

4pm – Registration, welcome and safety briefing

6:30pm – ‘Light up the Loch’ dip in the dark

From 7:15pm – Dinner in the Boathouse Restaurant

Saturday 21st January –

9am – Icy Insh Challenge – short swims for individuals, pairs and teams. Warm up in the Loch-side Sauna Box!

12pm – Lunch in the Boathouse Restaurant

2pm – Prize giving for Icy Insh Challenge

3pm –  Winter Swim Stories Session

6:30pm – Dinner in the Boathouse Restaurant

7:30pm – THE ICE MILE film Scottish premier followed by Q&A

Sunday 22nd January –

9:30am – Final Group Dip – Warm up in the Loch-side Sauna Box!

10:15am – Breakfast/Brunch/Hot drinks in the Boathouse Restaurant

11:30am – Say Goodbye! or stay a bit longer and enjoy some of Loch Insh’s winter activities (e.g. ice skating, tubing etc).

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


Whether you are coming as an individual, couple, pair or friends or larger group Loch Insh Outdoor Center has a range of accommodation options on-site – from single and group bunk rooms in Insh Hall, to private Apartments and Chalets sleeping up to 8 people (some with their own hot tubs!)

All SwimWild WinterFest participants get 10% discount on accommodation when quoting LOYALTY10 at the time of booking.  In addition, anyone staying onsite will receive an additional 20% off Loch Insh Winter activities (including Ice Skating, Tubing)

All accommodation must be book directly with Loch Insh Outdoor Centre.


All prices below include the 10% discount

Insh Hall B&B

Breakfast included

Single & Twin rooms – from £76.50 per person for 2 nights

Bunk rooms sleeping 2 – 8 – from £40 per person for 2 nights

Chalets & Apartments 

Breakfast not included but available at the Boathouse Restaurant

Glenfiddich Chalet (hot tub chalet sleeps 2) – £285 for 2 nights

Tamdhu Chalet (Sleeps 4 with hot tub) – £391.50 for 2 nights

Glentromie Chalet (sleeps up to 4) – £376.20 for 2 nights

Cardhu Chalet (sleeps up to 5) – £369.00 for 2 nights

Glenfarclas Chalet (sleeps up to 5) – £369.00 for 2 nights

Dalwhinnie Chalet (Sleeps up to 5) – £369.00 for 2 nights

Spey Apartment (sleeps up to 5) – £274.50 for 2 nights

Feshie Apartment (sleeps up to 5) – £274.50 for 2 nights

Tamnavulin Chalet (sleeps up to 6) – £376.20 for 2 nights

Macallan Chalet (sleeps up to 6) – £450 for 2 nights

Tormore Chalet (sleeps up to 7 – lochside) – £450 for 2 nights

Drumguish Chalet (sleeps up to 8) – £409.50 for 2 nights

Knockando Chalet (Sleeps up to 8 with hot tub) – £562.50 for 2 nights

All prices above are for 2 nights, arriving on Friday 20th & departing on Sunday 22nd. Of course, you can stay for longer if you want!

What does a Full Weekend Ticket include?

What’s included –

WinterFest goody bag

Meals –

  • Friday Dinner
  • Saturday Lunch & Dinner
  • Sunday Breakfast/Brunch

Entry into –

  • ‘Light up the Loch’ dip in the dark
  • Icy  Insh Challenge
  • Winter Swim Stories Session
  • The Ice Mile film Scottish Premier screening and Q&A session
  • Sunday group dip

Use of loch-side sauna after Saturday & Sunday swims

Safety cover for all swims

What’s not included –

Drinks with meals

Accommodation – although the is a 10% discount on Loch Insh Accommodation for participants

What are you waiting for?