There was more wild swimming for us today. This time we swam in the Linn of Dee and the Linn of Quoich. Linn means a “pool below a waterfall”. The Linn of Dee is a well-known tourist attraction about 6.5 miles from Braemar. It was a favourite spot of Queen Victoria’s and is a gorge with a 19th century gothic-looking bridge.
I have never swum here before as it can be quite treacherous, especially near the bridge. However, the water levels are very low right now and we were able to swim up the gorge, right through the narrowest section where you can touch both sides of the river at the same time. It is very deep, like a scary abyss and it’s still too dangerous to swim right up to the bridge. Another swimmer told us there are whirlpools near the bridge that can suck you into an underwater cave. People have died swimming here so take care if you go for a dip. That said, there are many calm and shallow pools downstream of the bridge. These are safe and the water was warm.
We had a picnic on an island of rocks in the middle of the river.
About another 5 miles down the road from Linn of Dee is Linn of Quoich which is on the River Quoich. The water here was much colder but not cold enough to discourage us. It was refreshing!
There’s a punchbowl here where a smooth hole has been carved out of the rocks by the rapids. We swam inside it today but again, it’s not something you can do unless the water levels are low. People have drowned in this river too.
We were able to swim against the current and duck under the rock into the bowl. You can also climb in from the top. It was shallow enough for us to stand in there but that is not always the case.
The Linn of Quoich is much quieter than the Linn of Dee. It’s also only accessible via a single track road. The Linn of Dee is warmer and better for swimming. Both spots are gorgeous and there are tonnes of walking tracks in the area for hiking.