Outdoor Swim Review: Carron Valley Revisted – August 2022 (Iain)

Previous reviews here and here

Last month I wrote “It doesn’t feel like summer has really got started properly. May and June have been a lot less sunnier than recent years.”

I could start off this review the same way. it still doesn’t feel like summer has started.

I’ve been swimming consistently in Carron valley one or two times a week and its not been the best summer for swimming here. A near constant easterly wind has whipped up the waves in the reservoirs and there’s barely been a swim when I’ve not had to battle waves.

Last year I barely saw a wave all summer!

The water is constistently 15C-ish at present and its not very peaty but if you don’t like waves then you might not enjoy swimming here.

Hopefully next month I’ll report that summer has arrived at last.

Check out the video to see what a swim in Carron Valley Reservoir is like.

Ease of Access: https://goo.gl/maps/vkcjfRm5cx6dYWt7A Park at the gate next to the loch. Its 10m to the waterside. 

Water quality: Warm and shallow at the edge of the loch but it can noticeably drop in temperature the further out you get. 

Swim Quality: Excellent. Lots of things to sight against. Water is choppy but that makes it more fun!

Other People: A couple of folk out walking and the odd car/cyclist going by. 

Would I go back: Yes. It’s my default swim location.