Outdoor Swim Review – Pinkston Water Sports 2023 (Iain)

Pinkston is an outdoor water facility just outside Glasgow city center. It offers swimming a number of different times a week (https://pinkston.co.uk/activities/swimming/) I like to go to the 0800 Wednesday slot as I can head to work afterwards.

It wasn’t very busy. There was 4/5 others swimming. The full length of the basin was open which meant I could get a nice 400m loop in. The water temperature was surprisingly in double figures (10C) I’d worn my full winter swimming kit but I could have worn less and still been okay.

The changing rooms used to be beside the water but they are now next to the car park. I didn’t feel comfortable leaving my stuff there as anyone could walk in unannounced. There are lockers but you will need a padlock.


Ease of Access:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The area around Pinkston is getting regenerated. Local roads and access points are sometime closed so always check Google maps first to find the best way there.

Water quality:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The water is murky. Don’t expect to see the bottom of the basin. The pool is not that deep. I can stand up at any point in it (I’m 6ft tall)

Swim Quality:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Their is a 400m-ish loop when the basin is fully open. The site is open to the east and west which means it can be tricky swimming at sunrise/sunset as the sun shines directly into your face.

Other People:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

There is plenty of room to swim in.

Would I go back: 

Yes – it is convenient to have somewhere in the city. It is good for beginners and it is a great starting point for people who want to move from the pool to outdoor swimming.

One thought on “Outdoor Swim Review – Pinkston Water Sports 2023 (Iain)”

  1. Hey there, love your blog!
    Great review! It’s good to know that Pinkston is convenient for those who want to swim outdoors in the city. I have a question, though. As a sea swimmer, I don’t have much experience of city-swimming – do you find it relaxing being in close proximity to a busy environment?
    Charlotte 🌿 http://www.arvorlife.com 🌊
    With you from ocean to mountain top ⛰️


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s