Historic Kessock Ferry Swim relaunched for first time in 50 years

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This June, community outdoor education charity Àban are re-launching a popular historic swimming event as a charity fundraiser: the Kessock Ferry Swim. For the first time in over 50 years, the event will be held on Saturday 25th June 2022.

A rebirth of sorts, the event was held annually up until the late 1960s, and there has been a huge response locally to the idea of holding it again. The Inverness event follows the classic route from South to North Kessock and back again - approximately 1200m of tidal open water - and swimmers will be accompanied by an experienced safety support crew.

As well as lots of community support, some interesting characters are also getting involved: "First swum it in 1948 when I was 8. Last swum it in 2020 when I was 80!" Commented Sandra Lea, a recent entrant to the event. Firing the starting gun on the day will be 92-year-old Donald McFadyen who completed the race in 1947.

All proceeds from the Kessock Ferry Swim go to local charities, such as the official charity partner - Friends of Merkinch Local Nature Reserve.

To find out more and book, click here.

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Kessock Ferry Swim circa 1954. Highland Photographic Archive

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