Andy Bridge : I like this spot because it's so handy to get some open water training in. There's plenty of space to park at the picnic site and you can swim from the shore there to Pig Island.
It is best to check the tide times and go when the tide is in (when the tide is out it is almost possible to walk out to the Island). When the tide is in, it's a kilometer swim to the island and back. I like it because I feel safe and with the tide in, am only out of my depth for a short stretch in the middle. It is possible to swim around the Island, but I feel a bit nervous venturing out there. I've been swimming there for several years now�and have never had any problems with currents. There can be a bit of a swell at times, but I like that on a sea swim. I tend to breathe on the left so that on the way back I get some stunning views of the Mourne Mountains in the distance beyond the Lough's shores.