A NEW open water swimming event on Loch Lomond has been arranged for September.

The news is set to delight thousands of swimmers who were disappointed when the Great Scottish Swim announced last month they were pulling the plug on the event, which was held annually on the loch.

Now, Durty Events, organisers of award-winning multi-sport events throughout Scotland, and Triathlon Edinburgh have joined forces to launch Go Swim Loch Lomond.

They are planning a packed programme of open water swimming events for all ages and experience levels at Loch Lomond on Saturday, September 7.

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Paul McGreal, of Durty Events said: “We’re really excited to be able to continue the tradition of fantastic swim events at Loch Lomond.

“We know thousands of people have enjoyed the previous races and the absence of a major swimming event this year was met with a great deal of sadness so we really wanted to create something that replicates that experience.

“It’s a great fit for what we offer and believe in at Durty Events – amazing people doing amazing things in amazing places.

“We just love seeing people get out there, set themselves challenges, and have an adventure and Go Swim Loch Lomond certainly meets that criteria.”

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The new event also has the support and backing of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority.

Gordon Watson, the park’s chief executive, said: “Loch Lomond is an iconic location and a world class venue for open water swimming, as demonstrated by hosting last year’s European Championships televised around the globe.

“We want people of all ages and abilities to continue to have the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic atmosphere and wonderful experience of a mass participation event in this special place.”

“Triathlon Edinburgh and Durty Events have put together a great event with something for everyone and we’re delighted that the tradition of high-quality open water swimming events in Loch Lomond will be continuing this year in the lead up to the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020.”

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The September event will have open water swimming for all ages and abilities, including a family-friendly 250 metre option for those aged 8+ (when accompanied by an adult) and 750m and 1500m options for those just starting out in open water swimming.

For the more experienced swimmers, 3000m, 5000m and 10,000m options are available.

More information is available at go-swim.uk.