Wild Swimming in Ireland: Discover 50 Places To Swim in Rivers, Lakes & the Sea

Dufour. Dec. 2016. 176p. photos by Paul McCambridge. ISBN 9781848892804. pap. $31. TRAV
Irish open-water swimmer McCoy and British photographer McCambridge present a collection of 50 swims along coastal waterways of Ireland, from Donabate, County Dublin, to Devenish Island, County Fermanagh. Descriptions include directions for car and/or public transportation; important geographical information; grid reference numbers, which can be used with the Irish Grid Reference Finder; swimming skill required; facilities available; ease of access; safety tips for jumping and diving; tips on safe, winter, and night swimming; the front crawl and body surfing and bits of local history. The "At-a-Glance" sections mention the popularity of the site; whether or not it is family-friendly; its seclusion level; and nearby activities, including food and lodging. McCambridge's photographs add a great deal to each site narrative. Filled with many Irish terms, this fine book is a delight to read, so long as you have a dictionary nearby to help with the charming phrases.
VERDICT Perfect for armchair travelers, adventure swimmers, families, and for those who simply love or want to explore open-water swimming. Avid swimmers will clamor to get to Ireland posthaste.
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