Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond, Open Water Swimming

European Open Water Swimming Championships

As the Open Water Swimming venue for Glasgow 2018, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park promises to showcase exciting sporting action set amongst some of the most stunning scenery in the whole of Scotland. All four events will use a 2.5km lap course with the start, lap turn and finish all located within Drumkinnon Bay – creating a natural stage for spectators and broadcasters to enjoy the action from.


Travel Information

Travelling to Loch Lomond to watch the open water swimming? The best and most convenient way to get to the venue is by train (Balloch station).

Please use the Traveline journey planner to help plan your journey to and from the venue, Festival 2018 and other locations.

There will be no spectator car parking available at Loch Lomond.

Are you on social media? For the latest Championships information (including travel updates) please follow Get Ready Glasgow on Twitter, Glasgow 2018 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and follow #G2018Travel across all channels.

Security Screening, Restricted and Prohibited Items

It is important to us that you encounter a positive and safe experience when attending any Glasgow 2018 venue. To ensure this is achieved you will be subject to a full bag search, person search and/or wanding before entering the venue. Certain items will be prohibited entirely from our venue or restricted in their use as detailed below.

Prohibited Items

Prohibited items are not allowed to be taken into the venue and access will not be permitted to any person in possession of a prohibited item. Prohibited items must be disposed of prior to the security screening area of the venue.  Glasgow 2018 will not provide any storage facilitates for any prohibited items. 

Prohibited items include but are not limited to:

  • Ammunition
  • Chemicals – Hazardous substances including suspicious powders, pastes, chemicals, irritants, toxic substances and gas canisters.
  • CS Spray including personal protection sprays such as CS, pepper or other irritant spray.
  • Controlled drugs and substances which have the appearance of being a controlled drug.
  • Explosive devices and explosive materials including firearms or any device suspected to be a firearm including component parts.
  • Fireworks, flares, pyrotechnics, smoke canisters, signalling devices which emit smoke, dye or flames and confetti cannons.
  • Hoax items and replicas – items which have the appearance of an illegal or prohibited item eg. Replica firearms or hoax improvised explosive device ether capable of causing actual harm or not.
  • Incendiary devices
  • Offensive weapons or implements ie. anything made or adapted for use for causing injury to a person. “Made offensive weapons” include bayonets, flick knives and extendable batons whilst “adapted offensive weapons” include sharpened comb, modified belt buckles and loose blades fashioned into a weapon.
  • Liquids, aerosols and gels
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animals and birds other than guide and service dogs.
  • Hard side bags or bags in excess of 25 litres capacity which may cause obstruction in case of an emergency evacuation (must be able to fit easily under spectators’ seat)
  • Bicycles (including folding types), roller-skates, skateboards, or other types of skates.
  • Bulk food - Excessive amounts of foodstuffs not capable of fitting within the one soft sided 25 litre capacity bag allowed per person.
  • Glass and metal containers
  • Knifes - Any item with a blade including folding pocket knives or multi-tool containing a blade and other items such as scissors, metal cutlery and corkscrews.
  • Laser pointers, strobe lights and similar light emitting devices
  • Any item that is too large to be electronically screened at the point of entry.
  • Protest items and materials - Any item that may give cause for concern that the person may wish to demonstrate with in the venue, such as ropes, handcuffs, tents, protest related placards, banners and spray-paint, or is intended to be used to commit an act of violence or sabotage towards person(s) or property or delay the event schedule.
Restricted Items

Restricted items may be taken into the venue however should never be used in any way which negatively impacts on the safety, security, comfort or enjoyment of others.

Restricted items include but are not limited to:

  • Drones - Under the Civil Aviation Authority legislation it is an offence to fly a drone over crowded places.
  • Ambush marketing - Any objects or clothing bearing political statements or overt commercial identification worn by one or more persons intended for “ambush marketing”.
  • Balls, rackets, frisbees or similar objects or projectiles whether inflatable or not.
  • Commercial photography - All photographic and broadcast equipment over 30cm in length for non-accredited persons, including tripods and monopods.
  • Chairs, high chairs (baby or otherwise), folding chairs, prams and strollers.  Prams and strollers are also restricted within the seating bowl.
  • Large umbrellas, tarpaulins, shelters - Items that could restrict the view of other spectators including oversized hats and golf style‟ umbrellas
  • Large flags and flag poles should be no bigger than 1m x 2m.
  • Non-Competing Country Flags or Flags affiliated to other organisations or causes.
  • Noisemakers such as hunting horns, air horns, klaxons, drums, vuvuzela, and whistles or similar items
  • Radio transmitters - Hand held communication devices that transmit radio signals e.g. Walkie Talkies; Cell or Radio Jammers; Radio Scanners and other devices that can transmit.
  • Wireless routers and hubs - Personal/private wireless routers and hub devices. Does not include mobile phones, smart phones, tablet device or personal PC.
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