Loch Torridon’s calm waters offer the opportunity to embrace the wilderness, floating in the depths of our Highland sea loch, with aquatic nature beneath your feet and fresh air filling your lungs.
Wild swimming is not only a joyous and exhilarating activity to try, but offers a multitude of health and wellbeing benefits. Gain mental clarity and aid mindfulness while gliding through the saltwater, generating uplifting endorphins and a feeling of zen. Although cold, the shock benefits your immune system, increasing white blood cells and invigorating you, and the chilly climate helps boost circulation, improving mind and body function. Reduce inflammation of the body and soul, with repeated cold water swimming decreasing the level of stress hormones including noradrenaline, cortisol and ACTH, while adapting to cold stress helps with ailments such as high blood pressure, chronic pain, diabetes and arthritis.
Reconnect with nature with Scottish wildlife surrounding you. Watch herons and sea eagles soar above you while seals play on the shore, and wonder in the beauty of Mother Nature, removing your anxieties of everyday living. Breath in the moment and immerse yourself in the purity of Torridon.
First time experiencing natural waters? Start with a small swim and ensure you listen to your body for when it’s time to get out to reduce the risk of getting too cold or fatigued, as the glacial waters flow from the surrounding Munros out to sea. Never swim alone to make sure you’re safe, and after your dip, have dry clothes ready for you to snuggle into and help you thaw. For those who aren’t expert wild swimmers, we have everything you need to dip your toe into the waters of Loch Torridon while keeping you warm and safe.
After the most refreshing of swims, return to The Torridon’s oak-panelled drawing-room, and warm your limbs by the roaring log fire, sipping on hot tea or a dram of whisky selected from the Whisky & Gin Bar’s 365 malts. Dine on a hearty meal in 1887 and sample head chef Paul Green’s earthy flavours created from the natural Highlands larder. Happily weary, retire to your room, and sink into a sumptuous bed, pressing reset after an exhilarating day in the wild waters of Loch Torridon.
Find out more about wild swimming at The Torridon by visiting our Torridon Outdoors page here.
Wetsuit, thermal hat and buoyancy aid available from £15pp.