Get away from the hoards on supervised beaches and in crowded pools to discover a paradise of secret lakes, meandering rivers, deserted coves and forgotten waterfalls. Some of the most awe-inspiring corners of Ireland's landscape make for the perfect spots to take the plunge.Take a dip under the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in the refreshing North Sea off the rugged coast of Ulster; circumnavigate Devenish Island in the fresh waters of Lough Erne; drop from high diving boards into beautiful Galway Bay; or slip along the Wild Atlantic Way's hidden beaches and isolated coves. This little country of ours has so much varied swimming to offer.This introductory guide to Ireland's wild swims will inspire readers to get off the beaten track to the most amazing locations for skinny-dipping, diving, surfing and snorkelling. From training sites for triathlons to serene spots where you can let your cares drift away, there is something to suit every ability. Expert tips, alongside spectacular photos and comprehensive practical information, make wild swimming a safe and invigorating experience for everyone.The detailed map, grid references and clear directions make it easy to find these secluded spots, while recommendations for campsites and places to eat allow wild swimmers to make holidays out of their explorations.
Maureen McCoy is an award-winning open-water swimmer, having swum in the sea, loughs and rock pools with her brothers since she was a small child. In 2009, just after her fortieth birthday, she fulfilled her childhood ambition to swim the English Channel. Her achievements have been widely reported and featured on BBC and UTV. Maureen enjoys outdoor swimming throughout the year and always keeps a swimsuit in her car - just in case.Paul McCambridge has been a photographer for over twenty-five years. He has exhibited his work nationally and has won many awards over the years. He sees swimming outdoors as therapy and a way to reinvigorate the body.