Wild water swimming has really taken off over the last couple of years and there are some great locations near to Balquhidder Mhor Lodge to have a quick dip…. Followed by a nice relaxed bathing session in our hot tubs….
Loch Lubnaig (5.5 miles drive, 9 minutes)
This lovely loch is a Trossachs wild swimming dream with easy access from the A84 with two car parks. Small but stunning, freshwater Loch Lubnaig is nestled amongst the mountains and is so perfectly still on calm days it reflects the peaks like a mirror, (check out our website homepage for a classic view). This gorgeous spot is one of the most scenic in the Trossachs and the water is unbelievably fresh, though usually cold! On the flip side, due to its sheltered position it’s also incredibly calm and still, which makes it popular with outdoor swimmers.
Loch Earn (5.3 miles on the south road, 14 minutes)
Loch Earn has a beautiful scenic road to the south (avoiding the A85). A food place to swim would be Ardvorlich on the quieter South Road. As a place to go wild swimming, Loch Earn is less visited than some of the other more famous Trossachs swim spots. Yet it’s just as beautiful. Overlooked by the magnificent Ben Vorlich. Refreshments at Lochearnhead or St Fillans.
Loch Voil and Loch Doine (5.3 miles drive, 14 minutes)
Access Loch Voil by heading down the Balquhidder Valley (turn of the southbound A84 at Mhor 84) and pass through the village of Balquhidder. This is Rob Roy country, and you may wish to stop off at Balquhidder Church to see Rob Roy’s grave or visit the waterfalls behind the church. This will be a quiet place to swim. You could also try out the adjoining Loch Doine. Refreshments at the splendid luxury hotel, Monachyle Mhor, or on the way back at the gastro pub, Mhor 84.
Loch Venachar (14 miles, 28 minute drive)
Turn off the southbound A84 at the Lade in onto the A821. We would then recommend that you take a left to access the south road (head for West Dullater). Refreshments back at the Lade Inn (real Ale and great pub grub) or head back along the A821 to Brig O Turk to check out The Byre pub
Off course there are many more lochs, but you don’t need to drive or cycle too far to enjoy wild water swimming in the Trossachs :)