Swimmers are ready to go wild

This Saturday sees the first “wild swim” event take place at Galloway Activity Centre at Loch Ken.

There are a number of races taking place on the day, including a 1km, 2km and a 4km and a children’s splash session.

Richard Herron, director of the centre, said: “The Loch Ken triathlon has run for a number of years and it’s always very popular. However, we’ve noticed a real trend for wild swimming so we have decided to organise Galloway’s first wild swimming event.

“Loch Ken is the ideal stretch of water for wild swimming because not only is it set in a stunning location, it’s also part of a hydro scheme and thus the water runs directly into the loch from the Rhins of Kells. This means that the water quality is fantastic for swimming. The loch is also safe as it is shallow and well protected.”

The centre, which celebrates 25 years of business this year, has had a very busy summer with visitor numbers up 20 per cent. The great weather has increased numbers and the success of the new inflatable water park has meant that both bookings for activities and overnight stays in the Mongolian yurts have been up on previous years.

Richard added: “We’ve had a fantastic summer. What better way to celebrate our 25th anniversary and we are delighted to launch our first wild swim event as part of the celebrations. We’re welcoming swimmers and spectators to come along this weekend. And if you’re not competing, there’s no excuse to stay dry – you can join the fun on the inflatable water park.”

For more information on the wild swim event, call 01644 420626 or go to www.lochken.co.uk