Our top 10 swims via Google Street View

Join us on a virtual swim tour to some of our favourite swim destinations around the world, all from the comfort of your living room. No flights to catch, insurance to buy or hotels to book, just back-to-back stunning locations and swims, all courtesy of our virtual tour provider – Google Street View!

1 – Loch Lomond, Scotland

The first stop on our virtual swim tour around the world is Loch Lomond in Scotland. We don’t have travel insurance for this trip (seeing as no one is selling it at the moment) so we decided to give Loch Ness and it’s resident monster a miss!

Loch Lomond is one of the largest expanses of freshwater in the UK and is an ideal swim for those wanting to experience some magnificent Scottish scenery.

2 – Wast Water, England

Our next stop is Wast Water in the Lake District. Dark, dramatic and stubbornly cold, this is a truly wild swimming spot with attitude. Picture yourself swimming below its giant screes and floating above its depths which sink further and blacker than most lakes.

You can read more about Wast Water on the way to our next destination.

3 – Lake Annecy, France

After a virtual mouse scroll across the channel, we’re in France and Lake Annecy. A more inviting swim spot that Waste Water, Lac d’Annecy is located in the Haute-Savoie region of France and is fed by mountain springs.

4 – Lake Bled, Slovenia

The next stop on our virtual swim tour is the famous Lake Bled in Slovenia. Explore the Lake’s picture-perfect scenery with this stunning aerial shot, courtesy of our tour provider – Google Maps.

Picture yourself swimming in the warm blueish-green water across to the picturesque 17th Century pilgrimage church on Bled Island. Don’t forget to explore the foothills of the surrounding Triglav National Park.

5 – Lake Orta, Italy

Our last stop in Europe is Lake Orta in Italy. This is a hidden gem for outdoor swimming, yet to be discovered by mass tourism. Enjoy the clear waters and scenic surroundings while it’s still quiet!

6 – Kayangan Lake, Philippines

After a slightly longer virtual mouse scroll, we’ve made it all the way to Kayangan Lake in the Philippines. A swim trip around the world wouldn’t be complete with a stop in the Philippines, problem is, there’s so many places to choose from!

We eventually settled with one of the most famous, Kayangan Lake, where you will find warm, turquoise waters.

7 – Lake Mckenzie, Australia

After an even longer virtual mouse scroll, we arrive at Lake Mckenzie on Fraser Island in Australia. A favourite with backpackers, this swim spot’s crystal clear waters are the result of it’s pure-silica sand which is so fine that it can be used as an exfoliator!

8 – Lake Louise, Canada

A quick mouse-scroll across the Pacific takes us to Canada and the glacial-fed Lake Louise. The water here rarely manages to climb above 5 degrees, so this one is definitely for the ice swimmers amongst you. If you can bear the cold, you’ll be treated to the spectacular scenery of Banff National Park.

9 – Flathead Lake, USA

A trip across the boarder takes us to Flathead Lake in Canada – the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, with over 200 square miles of water and 185 miles of shoreline. You’ll have to be quick if you want to swim the length of this one though – we leave for our final destination shortly!

10 – El Yeso Dam, Chile

Last up is Embalse El Yeso, a reservoir in the Andes mountain range formed by the damming of the Yeso River. There are 250,000,000 m³ of the turquoise water, which is plenty to go around!

We hope you enjoyed our virtual swim trip around the world. We’ve run out of air miles now though, so you’ll have to find your own way back to your homepage!

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