Tomorrow, Saturday 5th September, we tackle Loch Ard for the Loch Ard Swim Festival. The Loch, commonly known as ‘the jewel of the Trossachs’ takes its name from Scottish Gaelic meaning high and is one of Scotland’s smaller freshwater lochs, though, what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in beauty. This scenic body of water is just one of twenty two lochs which comprise the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park near Aberfoyle, Stirling. Described by Sir Walter Scott as ‘an enchanting sheet of water’, its sheltered location provides a natural barrier against the elements; an idyllic spot for open water swimming. Ben Lomond offers a magnificent view on the western horizon and the loch itself is divided into three separate parts joined by beautiful waterways.
There will be a variety of swims undertaken by Team Vigour at Loch Ard, including a 1k, 2k, 3k, 5k, 10k and 12.5k. The first swim will begin at 07:00am and the last at 11:15am.
On Sunday we are undertaking another massive challenge, the Firth of Forth. The route takes us across the width of the Forth from Hawes pier, South Queensferry, all the way along the bridge to the old pier at North Queensferry, a total distance of 1.4 miles. The race starts at 09:00am though registration is open 07:00am until 07:30am. Presentation is scheduled for 11:00am.
The Firth of Forth is the largest estuary on the East Coast, leading out on to the North Sea between Fife and Lothian. It’s an important communication route for boats of all shapes and sizes with ports at Alloa, Bo’ness, Burntisland, Grangemouth, Granton, Leith and Methil alongside a number of smaller harbours. The Forth Rail Bridge itself, a cantilever railway bridge completed in 1890, is quite the sight against the coastal scenery, its impressive stature is widely considered an iconic feat of design and engineering.
It’s a popular challenge for enthusiastic swimmers, though we’re delighted to say that despite this being the first year Vigour have hosted this event, we’ve seen double the entrants compared with last years swim, a tremendous achievement for all involved which makes for a great day. In case you missed last weeks blog, a team of Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors will also be joining Team Vigour in order to raise money for Amycos, a charity supporting development and cooperation projects in Central and South America. Click here to find out more.