Open Water Swimming Nearby – Embrace the Great Outdoors

As you scan social media feeds or browse through the health supplements in newspapers and magazines, you’ll have no doubt seen a definite spike in articles that endorse the benefits of open water and sea swimming on one’s health. The allure of open water swimming has never been stronger, and the pristine clear waters of lochs and rivers near us are certainly worth a mention.

Grantown on Spey offers not only spectacular scenery and incredible landscapes to discover, but you’ll also find some superb spots within easy access of the Ben Mhor Hotel that offer the exhilarating opportunity for open water swimming. For visitors seeking an immersive experience in Scotland’s untamed beauty, few activities rival the thrill of plunging into nature.

When you stay at the Ben Mhor Hotel in Grantown on Spey, you are remarkably close to some of Scotland’s most stunning lochs and rivers some of which also serve as open water swimming spots. Let’s look at a few of them that are known for safe swimming to give you an idea of where’s best for you to visit.

Loch Morlich

Located near Aviemore, Loch Morlich is one of Scotland’s most iconic freshwater lakes, with clear waters and scenic mountain views. Distance from our hotel – 19 miles.

Loch an Eilein

Head for Rothiemurchus Forest and you’ll arrive at Loch an Eilein, renowned for its beauty. Although swimming is permitted, please to note that there are no designated swimming areas or facilities, so swimming is your own risk. – Distance from our hotel – 20 miles.

Loch Insh

Another popular spot for open water swimming due to its calm waters and stunning scenery. Distance from our hotel – 22 miles.

Loch Garten

Great for families and swimmers of all levels, the shallow waters and sandy shores make it suitable for all. Distance from our hotel – 9 miles.

River Spey

Enjoy wild swimming in certain areas and be mindful of currents and keep to clear water areas for safe swimming.

You should always prioritise safety so before heading out for your swim, keep an eye on the weather (which can change quickly in Scotland), and always swim with a companion where possible.

After a day out at one of the lochs, we invite you to return to the comfort and warmth of the Ben Mhor Hotel and relax in your bedroom before heading down for some well earned sustenance in our Ben Mhor Hotel Bar. We’ve got a wide selection of locally brewed beers, lagers and IPA’s as well as a super Bar food menu, that is both delicious and affordable. We’ve got gluten-free options on the menu as well as gluten-free beer.

Indulge your sense of adventure this year and enjoy all that our locality has to offer.