Event Information - Monster Swim

Monster Swim - Loch Ness, Scotland

Swim Location:


Race details:

"Big Yin" (1 mile)

The "Big Yin" is the longest swim of the day. Conditions can be challenging yet the views down the Loch are awe-inspiring and the feeling of being alone even when you are swimming with others can be exhilarating.

"Wee Nessie" (½ mile)

"Wee Nessie" is a challenging swim for the novice open water swimmer, but the views from the Loch are superb.


Held on the stunning shores of Loch Ness. Loch Ness holds a staggering more fresh water than all of the other lakes in Great Britain combined! Not only is it the biggest but it has the legendary story of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. What better place could there be for a wild swim?

Who can enter?

Participants must be 16 or over to enter the Big Yin and 14 or over to enter Wee Nessie. We also suggest that if you are new to wild swimming, you attempt the "Wee Nessie" swim, a challenge in itself. Apart from that both events are open to anyone who is confident they can do the distance in open water.

Start times

Swimmers will set off in waves according to their swim speed. You will be sent the time of your wave closer to the event.


The water temperature in Loch Ness in August can range between 10-15°C which will add to the challenge of this unique event but it does also mean that wetsuits are recommended.

As for the air temperature, Scotland is notorious for having four seasons in one day so be prepared but on average at this time of year you can expect temperatures of between 18- 21ºC.

Wetsuit Hire

We have teamed up again with wetsuithire.biz who have created a package specially Monster Swimmers. The suit provided will be a Blue Seventy Sprint or similar level suit which you will collect and return at the Event Village on the day. The suits come in a range of sizes for both men and women, if you are unsure what size you need wetsuithire.biz have a size chart and guide to help you on their website - wetsuithire.biz.

Non-Wetsuit Participation

To qualify for the Monster Swim non-wetsuit category you will need to attend a qualification swim where your abilities will be evaluated by the organisers.

Please Note: If you are in any doubt of your tolerance levels, then we would suggest that you arrange to bring a wetsuit along to ensure that you can take part in the swim on the day

Race Day Facilities

On the day there will be registration, changing and bag drop tents. There will be concession stands where you can purchase food and drinks.

Race Entry Includes:

Entry fee includes Monster Swim T-shirt, Monster Swim swimming cap and a one-off Monster swim medal.

Monster Swim

August 17th 2013, Loch Ness