Swim the iconic and challenging Corryvreckan
Attempt the swim featured in Robson Green’s “Wild Swimming” programme
Fully guided saftey escort across the Corryvreckan
Savour the atmosphere of the 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.
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 made out - it had been her hair which had weakened the rope.
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.
Fantastic trip, well organised and nice group of people in a beautiful place with an intimidating reputation
If you want to go outdoors for a swim there's no better company to go with. just do it!
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.
Outstanding experience, would highly recommend
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!
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.
Truly magical to finally realise a life long ambition to swim the Gulf of Corryvreckan.