Loch Mareee is famous for its islands. It has more than forty and they contain the nearest thing to natural woodland left in Britain – fragments of the original Caledonian Pine Forest.
Because of the islands its a popular spot for kayak-ers and canoeists. I was staying nearby in Kinlochwee and I fancied a swim before my breakfast so I thought I would give the Loch a try.
I found this game in the hotel. think it is true for all wild swimmers.
Ease of Access: I parked at the Bein Eighe car park beside the Loch. There are toilets and you can get down to the shore easily.
Water quality: Cold! Even in June it was only 13.8C. It was a tricky Loch to get into from the shore as its very shallow and rocky. The rocks were very slippy. Its OK if you have swim shoes/socks on or if you just drop to your back and float out to where its deeper.
Swim Quality: Excellent – there’s beautiful mountain views all around.
Other People: The car park can be busy. I went early in the morning but there was a number of camper vans parked there.
Would I go back: Yes. Its such a beautiful spot to swim in.
You can see Loch Maree in this video