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Complete the historic and challenging crossing of the Gulf of Corryvreckan
Attempt the swim featured in Robson Green’s “Wild Swimming” programme
Relax in the knowledge that your safety is taken care of by our fully trained escort team
Savour the atmosphere of the charming hamlet of Craobh Haven
Take part in one of Scotland’s most iconic open water swims across the fabled Gulf of Corryvreckan. Situated to the north of Jura and lying just off Scarba’s southern shore, the Gulf is transformed into a whirlpool during both flood and ebb tides as the sea surrounds a pinnacle that rises to within 30 metres of the surface.
We swim safely across the Gulf during slack water when the whirlpool is dormant, finishing under the imposing 400-foot cliffs of Scarba. You will be accompanied by a full safety escort throughout the duration of the swim, before having the opportunity to relax in the picturesque hamlet of Craobh Haven at the end of your adventure.
Legend of the Corryvreckan
Breakan, a Norwegian prince, fell in love with a princess of the Island of Jura. Her father only agreed to the relationship on the condition that Breakan must demonstrate his bravery by anchoring his boat for three whole days in the heart of the whirlpool. Breakan accepted the test and returned home, where he had three cables made of wool, hemp and maidens' hair. The women of Norway readily cut off their hair and plaited the rope. It was thought that the purity and innocence of the maidens would give the rope strength to hold the boat fast in the whirlpool. Breakan came back to Jura and anchored his boat in the Corryvreckan.
On the first day the hemp rope parted. On the second day, the woollen rope parted. On the last day they set the cable of hair and all went well until a strong burst of wind broke the rope. The boat was sucked under the sea by the whirlpool and a surviving crewman and Breakan's dog dragged the body of Breakan ashore to be buried in the King's Cave on the northern shore of Jura overlooking the Corryvreckan.
When the crewman finally made it home again and told of Breakan's fate, one of the young Norwegian ladies was consumed with guilt, as she was not as pure as she had claimed - it had been her hair which had weakened the rope.
This trip can also be offered as tailor-made experience, so the date of travel and itinerary can be adjusted to suit you. Just contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org with the dates you'd like and number of people taking part, and we'll be in touch to chat about putting together your dream swimming experience.
Who is this trip for?
Conditions on this trip can be challenging, yet extremely rewarding, so a good experience of open water swimming in challenging sea conditions is a must for this trip. Due to the nature of this trip there is a minimum swimming speed of 35 min/km.
- Fully guided swim trip across the Corryvreckan
- Safety escort on all swims
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
- Any food or drink required during the day
Meeting and Swim Times
Should be available on prescription.Richard, UK - 2020
Such an amazing experience and would recommend to anyone.Katherine A, UK - 2019
A very well organised and exciting swim in this beautiful and iconic placeMiles N, UK - 2019
An epic experience. Thank you so much.Mark S, UK -2019
Unique trip with a fab support crew☺.Shona C, UK - 2019
Great trip, fantastic swim, lovely people, what more could you want.Brian M, UK - 2019
Amazing scenery at an iconic location. Great experience!Nigel R, UK - 2019
The whole experience was excellent: from pre-swim information to the safety briefing and acclimatisation on the day to the swim itself. Neil, our guide, and the boat and rib crew were friendly and informative. The swim was great as conditions were calm. I would have no hesitation in recommending SwimTrek to others.Francesca O, UK - 2018
I was confident to rely on SwimTrek to safely manage the Corryvreckan swim. It's one the world's great swims for a reason!Barry M, UK - 2018
Swimming the Corryvreckan was an amazing experience, thanks to SwimTrek and a great group of fellow swimmersSue M, UK - 2018
Iconic Corryvreckan swim that more than lived up to expectationsAndrew D, UK - 2018
Stunning location, challenging swim, such a huge sense of achievement.Janine C, UK - 2018
You’d already exceeded all expectations so when the pod of dolphins arrived to escort us it nearly blew our minds. What a place. What a swim.Simon W, UK - 2018
Absolutely outstanding experience with wonderful guide/boat crew who made us feel safe and relaxed.Ellen T, UK - 2018
Fantastic trip, well organised and nice group of people in a beautiful place with an intimidating reputationMike R, UK-2017
If you want to go outdoors for a swim there's no better company to go with. just do it!Andy W, UK- 2017
What better way to spend a day than swimming the gulf of Corryvreackan, through clear waters, past inquisitive seals and finishing beneath the sheer 400 foot cliffs of Scarba.Ricky M, UK-2017
Outstanding experience, would highly recommendTrevor K, UK-2017
In our increasingly fast paced world, it was wonderful to be in nature, surrounded by it and feeling reconnected to it. I stopped in the middle of my swim to look around and realised how truly blessed we are to be able to swim in such amazing places. A life-enriching experience. Thank you for refuelling my spiritual batteries-will be back when they begin to run low!Seonaid H, UK-2017
Swimming the Corryvreckan was a fantastic experience. The weather wasn't particularly kind but Neil, our guide, and boat pilot ensured that we were all briefed thoroughly and achieved the swim safely. Would definitely recommend.Charmian A. UK - 2017
Truly magical to finally realise a life long ambition to swim the Gulf of Corryvreckan.Janine C. UK - 2017