Discover some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery as we aim to traverse the 10 islands that make up the southern section of the Scottish Outer Hebrides
Complete a series of challenging crossings and coastal swims between and around the area's stunning islands
Relax between swims on the beautiful Lady of Avenel tall ship, a 102-foot Bringatine square rigger which is our home for the week
Enjoy delicious meals on board the Lady of Avenel, all of which are prepared by our very own on board chef
Explore some of Britain's most remote and isolated islands on a truly unforgettable swimming adventure
Join us on an unforgettable swimming expedition as we aim to traverse the 10 islands that make up the southern section of the Scottish Outer Hebrides. From South Uist in the north to Berneray in the south, we swim amongst some of Britain’s most spectacular landscapes, all whilst living on board the beautiful Lady of Avenel, a 102-foot Brigantine square rigged ship.
Over the course of the trip, you will discover an abundance of beautiful lochs, long sandy beaches and scenic landscapes whilst enjoying your time out of the water on the Lady of Avenel ship, complete with your very own on board chef. You can expect to see a huge range of wildlife, both in and out of the water, which makes this trip a nature lover’s dream.
This truly is an epic expedition and an exciting opportunity for adventure swimming and sailing alike.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is made up largely of crossings and some coastal swims. Conditions will be challenging, yet extremely rewarding. Swimmers should have a strong understanding and experience of swimming in challenging sea conditions and be capable of completing the average daily swim distance of around 4km (split over a minimum of two swims) prior to the start of the trip. Due to the nature of this trip, there is a minimum swimming speed of 25 min/km (40 min/mile). No sailing experience is required, however, the ship’s crew are happy for you to assist with on-board duties as much or as little as you like.
- Fully guided swimming holiday in the Outer Hebrides
- Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
- Six nights accommodation on board the Lady of Avenel tall ship
- Our very own on board chef
- All breakfasts
- All lunches
- All evening meals
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
Option 1: Flights From Glasgow to Barra
Option 2: Trains and Ferries
Flexible, challenging but non-competitive. A great mix of people. Skilful, knowledgeable and good-humoured staff. I felt safe but not cosseted or regimented.Crispin, H. UK, 2017
A magical experience, exhilarating in every way, wild water, stunning scenery, beautiful and awe-inspiring natural landscapesHelen, W, UK- 2017
I will never forget this week; incredible wild off grid swimming experience. Seals and dolphins outnumbering humans. I can't imagine any future trips matching or coming close to how brilliant this was. Thank you SwimtrekNicola O. UK - 2017
Great scenery, clear water, all in the company of like-minded swimmers. Swam with dolphins and seals and had a great time. Unforgettable.Andrew B, UK - 2017
The Outer Hebrides trip is a wild swimming paradise.Andrew T, UK - 2017
An amazing experience with friendly people, expert crew, and guides that helped and encouraged me. An adventure: challenging and safe.Jane N, UK -2017
Swimming every day in pristine water, at magical locations, with like minded companions. How could it be better?Robert M, UK - 2017
It was a fantastic experience to be aboard a magnificent ship, to swim in pristine waters surrounded by wildlife.Gary S. UK - 2016
Definitely an "off grid holiday" . Swimming the Hebrides was stunning, on the ocean, at the edge of the world.Andrew R. UK - 2016
I can't do justice to the experience I have had in words. Utterly fantastically amazingly wonderfully excitingly thrillingly magnificent is getting close though..Georgia C. UK - 2016
A completely wild and adventurous trip - a complete one off and a huge traveling and swimming highlight! So many thanks to all the wonderful staff who made it possible!James B. UK - 2016
Sharing our swims with dolphins and seals - and no other humans in sight except us Swimtrekkers!! Open water swimming at it's absolute best!!Rachel P. UK - 2016
Excellent week! Stunning area to be able to swim and sail !Jenny H. UK - 2016