Loch Ken Wild Swim

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Loch Ken is perfect for wild swimming and this is a great opportunity for experienced swimmers, families and beginners alike. Throughout the day there are a range of distances available as well as a fun kids' splash session.
Night Swim, Wild Swim 2k, Wild Swim 1k, and 2 more
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Fri, 10 Sept 2021 - Sun, 12 Sept 2021
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Castle Douglas, United Kingdom
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Where and when
A713, Castle Douglas DG7, UK
Start times
Fri, 10 Sept 2021
Night Swim:
Sat, 11 Sept 2021
Wild Swim 2k:
Wild Swim 1k:
Wild Swim 4k:
Sun, 12 Sept 2021
10k End-to-end:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Loch Ken Wild Swim
Night Swim
Wild Swim 2k
10k End-to-end
Wild Swim 1k
Route information
The clean, clear waters of Loch Ken are ideal for wild swimming. The water is SEPA tested and as part of the hydro electric scheme is regularly filled with fresh water from the Rhinns of Kells. The temperature is usually between 14-15 degrees Celcius and wetsuits are compulsory.
What's included
  • Hot drink
  • Hot dog
How to get there
A713, Castle Douglas DG7, UK
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Event day logistics
Night swim
09:00 registration opens
10:00 - 1k swim
11:15 - 2k swim
13:00 - kids splash session
13:30 - 1km, 2km & kids prize giving
13:45 - 4km swim
End to end swim
Night Swim
Included in the cost is an illuminated tow float, swim cap and safety cover. There will also be a hot chocolate and sausage roll for afterwards included in the cost. We aim to keep the event as dark as possible but along with the tow floats, the course buoys will be illuminated and the safety boats will be lit with glow sticks. Wetsuits are compulsory for the event.
End to end swim
Entry fees include swim cap, timing chips, transport back after the race, compulsory feed station and parking. Wetsuits and tow-floats are compulsory and both can be hired from the centre (please book towfloat hire in advance if needed, £5 per float).
Galloway Activity Centre
Galloway Activity Centre occupies a stunning location on the banks of Loch Ken in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland in the heart of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere. With our team of expert adventure instructors and our beautiful surroundings, we specialize in providing exciting and memorable holidays in a safe and friendly family atmosphere.
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Are all the events on the same day at the Loch Ken Wild Swim?
No, the night swim is on the Friday, the wild swims on the Saturday and the End to end swim on the Sunday.
Will I get an event t-shirt at the Loch Ken Wild Swim?
Sadly there will not be event t-shirts this year.
Is the Loch Ken Wild Swim safe?
Yes there will be safety boats for all races.
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Recent Questions
Maggie Foden
If I am taking part in the 4k swim in the afternoon what time will I have to register? Do I have to register at 9am or can I register later?
Stephy Dennis
Hi there, the registration for the 4km usually closes around 1pm, however the schedule for this year hasn't been confirmed yet - we'll update the page when we have the confirmed schedule for the day! Best of luck and hope you enjoy the swim!
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