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Top 5 Wild Swimming locations on Arran

Its no news that wild swimming has become hugely popular in recent years around Scotland's waterways. From wild swimming clubs to more organic experiences it is a trend that is here to stay and experts believe if done safely it has advantages to our health.

From boosting your mood to relieving stress a cold water plunge whilst on Arran may be just what the Dr ordered. Luckily enough Arran has an abundance of wild swimming locations all offering their very own uniqueness. We have compiled the top 5 places on Arran to try out or partake in wild swimming.

1 Glen Rosa Pools

Featuring on Red Bulls' "10 best wild swim locations in Scotland" is our very own Glen Rosa water. This magnificent pool was ranked the best place for a wild dip in Scotland!! A short distance from the resort and fairly low lying makes for a perfect dip. Walking up this breathtaking Glen through a meandering path you will come to the emerald green pools which are perfect for a dip.

2 Glen Sannox

Another Glen however offering its own blend is Sannox. With pools and streams running up the valley floor it makes for a great swim. Located just outside Sannox at the foot of Goatfell follow the path from the car park and choose your very own remote pool.

3 Kildonan Beach

If beach swimming is more your style then Kildonan beach is a must whilst visiting the Isle of Arran. This long stretch of beach is located on the southern tip of the Island. With views onto the Island of Pladda its firm favorite with Arran's frequent seal visitors.

4 Blackwaterfoot

The longest of Arran's beaches Blackwaterfoot is located in the south west of the Island. One of the quieter villages Blackwaterfoot beach is usually less crowded than other beaches on the Island allowing for a more private swim.

5 Lamlash

More of an evening swimmer? Home to the "Lamlash Splash" An annual 1.3 mile sea swim across the bay, Lamlash beach is a frequent wild swimming location for local groups on the Island. This beach is easily located from the village of Lamlash. Local groups encourage visitors to join their swimming sessions.


Like all watersports wild swimming has inherent risks and dangers. All the above information should be aired with caution to this. You should always be vigilant and safe whilst in natural water. For more information check out the link for more safety tips and information.

For a stay like no other on Arran and to enjoy the Islands natural swimming spots stay at Auchrannie Resort.

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