Richard Taylor: A half hour walk from Thundergay on the North Eastern corner of Arran
brings you to a small loch about 350 metres above sea level. Sheltered
by a correy, the water is normally smooth with only the occasional
The water itself is heavily coloured by peat and floating in the middle of the loch, looking down at your feet they look a very fetching shade of yellow-green. The water is clear - the loch is fed by streams from the surrounding hills, but there are few if any fish, probably because the water is very acidic due to the peat. There is weed around some edges of the loch but not enough to be a nuisance. I love the swim here because it is just so calm. The loch is only about .7k end to end, but lying back in the middle, you can enjoy the sky and the hills, the shapes of the clouds - it really is a lovely swim. The occasional walker passes by - they never fail to be amused by some idiot in a wetsuit messing around in the middle of the water - but other than that no noise except for the water and the wind.
Jeroen Speak: swam there in late July (sans wetsuit), utterly heavenly.....like swimming in gods eyeball :) Temperature would have been about 14, but I think its warmer normally that time of year, its been a very cold winter. Spent about 20 mins in the water. Beautiful clear water with a dark peat color, white 'sandy' beaches and the steep mountain slopes surrounding this loch make this a very special swimming experience. About a 45 minute treck up the hill from the coast. A lovely half day excursion. Highly recomended to any serious wild swimmers.