Here are the best spots to try wild swimming in Edinburgh (Photo: Lisa Ferguson)

Wild swimming Edinburgh: The 8 best lochs and beaches to enjoy open water swimming near Edinburgh

The Loony Dook may have been called off for 2023 – but here are eight of the best spots to enjoy wild swimming in and around Edinburgh.

Wild swimming (also known as open water swimming) is becoming more and more popular as a way to relax, unwind, and get back to nature. It’s also said to have great health benefits.

Here are eight areas within an hour’s drive from Edinburgh where competent swimmers can enjoy a wild swim.

Remember to stay safe and prepare before heading into the water – check tide times and local advice, and see the Outdoor Swimming Society website for safety guidance.

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