Could Scotland’s growing love of wild swimming lead to a sea pool revolution?

Powfoot Tidal Pool in Dumfries and Galloway

The Scotsman reports: The Covid pandemic has shown the importance of getting out into nature wherever possible - with wild swimming becoming a popular option for those seeking the freedom of Scotland’s chilly lochs and reservoirs. But could the trend put Scotland’s historic sea pools back on our cultural agenda?

Tidal pools were once found dotted along Scotland’s shorelines as small pools of sea water, with barriers cleaved from natural rock on the coasts.

Here, Scots could learn to swim, enjoy family days out and relax in seawater pools penned in by rocky boundaries. These, however, were permanently locked in a battle with predictably bad Scottish weather - forever fending off the fierce Scottish elements and proving a challenge to maintain.

Indoor alternatives, with their warmth and clinical, chlorinated cleanliness quickly became a more straightforward, attractive option for swimmers as tidal pools diminished.

But plans to restore Pittenweem Tidal Pool in Fife to its former glory present a glimmer of hope for the resurrection of Scotland’s once-popular seawater pools. The West Braes Project hopes to rejuvenate local spaces which have left to gather dust and dirt in the community.

With wild swimming remaining a popular way of removing ourselves from a hectic, ever-changing reality, it is unsurprising that decisions to bring accessible, affordable seawater pools back from the brink of our shores are being met with waves of support. Read more....

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