SAVE ME FROM THE WAVES ADVENTURE RETREAT

Dates: 20-23 September 2024 (SOLD OUT) | 2-5 December 2024
Price: £879pp (all inclusive except travel to Arisaig)

READY FOR AN ADVENTURE ? JOIN US FOR A UNIQUE AND UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE IN SCOTLAND THIS WINTER THAT COULD SET YOU OFF ON AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME. 

Would you like to go on an adventure? Do you feel like you need saving from the waves? Are you living the biggest, bravest, most beautiful life you can? If any of these questions resonate then join us this December in Scotland for a unique three day retreat, hosted by Jessica Hepburn - award-winning Author, Arts Producer and Adventure Activist. It might just change your life (or at least kickstart an amazing 2025).

WHAT TO EXPECT

Traigh House - kitchen windowSet in magical Traigh House on the stunning West coast of Scotland - you’ll feel at home as soon as you arrive. Think: comfy sofas, roaring fires, delicious food, and wee drams aplenty. An unforgettable three days awaits which will become an adventure in itself. Part sea to summit challenge, part creative journey, part soulful wellness retreat - it won’t be like anything you’ve done before or will do anywhere else. There will invigorating dips in the Scottish sea and its deepest freshwater loch. There will be long creative walks in winter wonderlands. There will be inspirational talks; restorative rest and regenerative reflection. And everything will be soundtracked by the music who made you who you are (and maybe even a bit of carol singing to get the festive season on a roll!)

ABOUT JESSICA HEPBURN

Jessica Hepburn Channel SwimmerThis 'Save Me from the Waves Adventure Retreat’ is hosted by unlikely athlete turned record-breaking alternative adventurer Jessica Hepburn. In 2022 Jessica became the first woman in the world to complete the ‘Sea Street Summit Challenge’ (swim the English Channel, run a road marathon, and climb Mount Everest). She is the author of three books - and her new book published this year ‘Save Me from the Waves’ is about her journey to the top of the world fuelled by listening to every episode of her favourite radio programme Desert Island Discs. She is also the former Chief Executive of London’s Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and founder of the international arts festival Fertility Fest. This is an exclusive three day artistic adventure retreat curated and hosted by Jessica, and run in collaboration with SwimQuest. Read more about Jessica here.

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

This trip is suitable for all ability levels. There will be short winter swimming dips (no experience necessary) and longer winter walks. All activities are optional. Come with a sense of adventure, a good appetite, warm clothing, and feeling open to being inspired - and you won't be disappointed.

USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Sea temperature:  approx 5-10˚C
  • Loch temperature: approx. 4-8˚C
  • Swimming distances: short, winter dips
  • Walking distance: 3-8 miles maximum
  • Swimming ability: This location is suitable for all ability levels
  • Are non-swimmers welcome? Absolutely – non-swimmers are welcome to join the tour and take advantage of the itinerary, all swims are option.
  • Start and finish: Check in 1pm, check out 10am (although some guests may choose to partake in a munro climb before catching the sleeper train on the final day)

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Accommodation in Traigh House (private walled garden, grand piano, kitchen with aga, washing facilities, drying room, log fires, central heating, linen and towels, games room and wifi included)
  • Cold water swimming, fully supervised by swim guides
  • All talks and seminars
  • Breakfasts
  • Traditional home-cooked lunches
  • Dinners
  • Alcohol with evening meals
  • Home cooked snacks and cakes
  • SwimQuest swim cap and poncho
  • Transfer to / from Arisaig
  • All swim transfers (although if you intend to drive and would be happy to help with short shuttles, we would be hugely grateful!)
  • VAT

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

  • Travel to and from Traigh House (guests are advised to travel to Arisaig station where we can arrange pick ups)
  • Wetsuits and fins (if required)
  • Any alcohol not served with meals
  • Single room supplement (£199)

ABOUT ARISAIG

Despite its ‘world away’ feel, Arisaig is easily accessible via train. The village of Arisaig (the Safe Place) is centred on the sheltered shore of Loch nan Ceall (Loch of the Cells) on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, and is nestled at the base of rocky Creag Mhor, the Sgurr an t’Sasunnaich (peak of the Englishman) and the Sgurr an Albanaich (peak of the Scotsman). It spreads west along the beautiful Rhu road, strewn with sandy white beaches and north along the shore towards Morar Loch – the deepest freshwater body in the British Isles (with a  maximum depth of 310m).

Looking out over Rum and Eigg

ABOUT TRAIGH HOUSE

Traigh House - kitchen windowOur base and accommodation for this tour is the historical Traigh House, nestled three miles north of Arisaig, in 500 acres of its own private woods and hills. Just yards away from stunning white beaches, it is the perfect place to enjoy stunning views of the Inner Hebrides and cosy up ready for a Scottish adventure. Sleeping 16 people, Traigh House is fully equipped with central heating, log fires, beautiful drawing rooms complete with grand piano, a games room, drying room, a private walled garden and views over the sea and surrounding mountains. The house was also used as an SOE training base in the 1940s. By the way … if you can play the piano on request – we’ll give you a 10% discount!

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

You will be allocated a twin share room with a guest of the same sex as standard on this trip however if you would prefer a sole use room of your own, a £199 supplement applies.

ITINERARY

MONDAY 2ND DECEMBER - ARRIVALS FROM 1PM

  • 2.30pm Welcome and retreat briefing
  • 4pm Traigh House Beach dip
  • 5.30pm Winter Cocktails and mulled wine by the fire
  • 6pm Inspirational Talk by Jessica Hepburn - ‘The Power of Adventure to Change Your Life’
  • 7pm Family Supper
  • 8.30pm Introductions

TUESDAY 3RD DECEMBER

  • 8am The Big Breakfast
  • 9.30am - 1 pm - Scottish Winter Wonderland Walk
  • 1.30pm - 2.30pm Lunch
  • 3pm - 5pm - Rest and Reflection
  • 6pm The Save Me From the Waves Soiree Supper

WEDNESDAY 4TH DECEMBER

  • 7am Swim: Pre-breakfast swim in Loch Morar
  • 9.30am The Big Breakfast
  • 11.30am Creative Coastal Walk, Rhu Peninsular
  • 1.30pm - 2.30pm Lunch
  • 3pm - 5pm - Rest and Reflection
  • 6pm Inspirational Talk by Alice Todd, Director Swimquest - ‘Colour Your Adventure’
  • 7pm Last Supper
  • 8.30pm Carols by candlelight

THURSDAY 5TH DECEMBER

  • 7.30am - Last Big Breakfast
There will be a some light-touch, fun creative homework to do in advance of the retreat. Further info will be sent on booking. 

TRAVEL TO TRAIGH HOUSE

The easiest way to get to Traigh House is to take a train to Fort William and then a connecting train to Mallaig / Arisaig. We can pick you up from Arisaig / Mallaig station. The sleeper train from London to Fort William is an excellent option.

DIRECTIONS FOR DRIVING TO TRAIGH HOUSE

Post code PH39 4NT

Welcome to Traigh HouseFROM THE SOUTH / FORT WILLIAM

Take the A830 (“the Road to the Isles”) northwards towards Mallaig. Staying on this road, drive past Arisaig, and after the end of the Arisaig speed restriction (about 1/2 mile), take the first left on to the Alternative Coastal Road (brown sign). This is the B8008 and is signed to "Back of Keppoch" and "An Traigh, Local Services and Traigh Golf Course". Follow this Alternative Coastal Road past the golf course (2.0 miles), until you reach a white gatehouse on the right of the road (2.3 miles). Go through the gate posts immediately to the left of the gatehouse, and follow the gravel drive to the large white house, which is set back about 100 yards from the sea. Gravelled parking area is adjacent to the south edge of the house and the wall of the walled garden.

FROM NORTH/MALLAIG

Take the A830 southwards towards Fort William for approx 3.5 miles. Immediately after the bridge over the River Morar, take the first right on to the B8008, the Alternative Coastal Road (brown sign). Follow this road for 2.3 miles, past Camusdarach – and just when the road runs alongside a beach once more, turn left off the road through gateposts on to a drive (north drive - you will see the white Gatehouse on the far side of the meadow/lawn as you make the turn) which leads up to the large white house.

WHAT DO I PACK?

  • At least 3 swimming costumes
  • Wetsuit (if you would like to wear one - optional) - our Partners at Zone3 offer a wide range of wetsuits, including the eco Yulex natural rubber range HERE and you get 20% OFF all full price Zone3 products with code : SWIMQUEST
  • Two Pairs of swim goggles – ideally one clear and one tinted
  • Towel for the beach (though bath towels are provided)
  • Tow float (required) - if you haven’t got one yet, you can purchase from our online shop here
  • Waterproof walking boots / comfortable walking shoes (it may be very wet + muddy in places!)
  • VERY WARM CLOTHING fleece or warm jumper, tracksuit trousers/sweat pants for putting on immediately after swimming.
  • Walking poles (optional, but recommended)
  • Sandals/aqua shoes / flip flops – for getting wet
  • Dryrobe / similar (optional)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Woolly hat, scarf and gloves
  • Small daypack/rucksack to use for your personal equipment/clothing during the day
  • Slippers for keeping feet warm in the house and making you feel at home (optional)
  • Head torch (optional)
  • Insurance (for non-UK residents)
  • Entertainment (music, board games etc, optional)
  • Festive spirit

READY TO BOOK?

We’re excited about meeting you on tour. To book your holiday, simply fill in the booking form below. Once you have submitted the form, Sarah (our bookings co-ordinator) will be in touch to request payment and to help you with any additional requirements. A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place, and the final payment is due 10 weeks prior to departure. Payments can be made by debit / credit card, by cheque, or by bank transfer.

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In booking with us, you accept our terms and conditions, which can be found here. If at any point you have any questions, feel free to contact us: Sarah Broadley | +44 7917 033670 | sarah@swimquest.uk.com Charlie Beere | +44 7563 389238 | charlotte@swimquest.uk.com Alice Todd | +44 7825 301443 | alice@swimquest.uk.com

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If you are a UK resident and eligible for free health cover via the NHS, you do not need to take our a travel insurance policy for our UK based trips. You may still wish to take out insurance to cover you for events such as trip cancellation, luggage and personal liability. If you are a non-UK resident, you will need to purchase travel insurance which covers you for all activities you will be taking part in.