Swimming Events Guide 2024

Kessock Ferry Swim returns with 300 swimmers

Swimmers take to the chilly waters in Inverness, Scotland for the Kessock Ferry Swim, returning after a 50 year gap.

After a fifty-year gap 300 swimmers took to the water in Inverness last weekend for the revival of the Kessock Ferry Swim.

The route follows the old Kessock ferry route from South to North Kessock and back. It is about 1.2k in challenging tidal waters. The swim was a popular annual event from 1947-1968 before indoor pools became favoured for swimming events.

“The conditions were ideal for the swim,” says event organiser Johannes Petersen. “It was great to see so many from the local community to come out and cheer on the swimmers. This is a classic route and offers people a challenge which is a little different to others due to the strong tidal movement in the Firth.”

Event organiser Àban Outdoor Ltd is a charity which supports the community in Inverness, this event raised £2,200 which will go towards the Merkinch Local Nature Reserve.

Next year’s event has already been confirmed and will take place on Sunday 25 June 2023Entries will open on Valentine’s Day 2023 – save the date! If you’d like to be kept informed, sign up to the newsletter here.

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