Gaelforce Great Fjord Swim

Derrynacleigh, Leenaun, County Galway, Ireland

Organiser's Description

This event in the spectacular Killary Fjord, in County Galaway, is all that is magical about open water swimming. Round off your open water swimming season in this lovely location, with 3 distances to choose from, and superb prizes.

3.9km (full Ironman-distance) route: for experienced swimmers who want to test their training in a new and spectacular location. Wetsuit and non-wetsuit swimmers welcome.

2km route: cruise to the start line in a catamaran, jump out and swim to shore. This is definitely one to remember! Wetsuit and non-wetsuit swimmers welcome.

750m route: hitch a lift with a fishing trawler to Co. Mayo and swim back to Co. Galway! Wetsuits must be worn.

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Killary Adventure Company, Derrynacleigh, Leenaun, County Galway, Ireland

Killary Adventure Centre is situated on the southern shores of Killary Harbour, 5km from the village of Leenane, Co. Galway on the N59. Driving time from Galway city is approximately 1hr 15mins, from Westport 35mins.EIRECODE: H91PY61


Travelling from Galway

Follow the signs for the N59 Clifden and after passing through the towns of Moycullen and Oughterard you will arrive at Maam Cross (easily distinguished by Peacock’s hotel complex on your right). At this crossroads turn right following the signs for Leenaun onto the R336. At the next T-junction at Keane’s Pub, turn left. After about 11km this road will bring you into the village of Leenane. You will then go through the village and taking the Clifden Road (keep the water on your right hand side) where after another 5km you will see the sign for Killary Adventure Centre. Our building is on the left hand side of the road as you travel Leenane to Clifden.

Travelling from Westport

Once in Westport look for the Leenane/Clifden road (signposted N59) and follow it for about 30kms to the village of Leenane. Once in Leenane turn right onto the Clifden road (N59) keeping the Killary Fjord on your right and we are 5km along this road on the left hand side. We recommend going via Westport if you are coming from Dublin on a Friday evening to avoid the traffic in Galway City.

Travelling from Dublin

To get to Killary Adventure Centre from Dublin you can travel via Westport or Galway City. The road is mostly motorway and dual carriageway from Dublin to Galway, which makes it a more direct route. To get to Westport from Dublin you will be taking the M4 motorway and then joining the N5 (national route) from Mullingar via Longford, Strokestown, Castlebar and then Westport. As you do not pass through any cities this may be a quicker route during rush-hour periods.


Public transport is limited in this area but we can advise you on the best way to travel if you would like to contact us on 095 43411 or email Alternatively you can check any of the following websites for more details: for trains to Galway and Westport. for buses to Westport, Galway and Clifden (via Leenane). for buses to Letterfrack (20kms from Killary)


Killary Adventure Co. is situated 100km from Knock Airport and 150km from Shannon Airport.

Event t-shirt

Event swim hat

Boats to start line for the 2km and 750m

Use of individual electronic timing chips

Post-event food - homemade soup, water, fruit, tea & coffee.


Please note that as there are multiple waves in the 2km & 750m events, you must be in the first wave in order to win the overall prize or to be a category winner.


Prizes to the value of €750 up for grabs!

1st male/female in all three events will receive FREE entry into next year's event.


There are also awards for the following categories in 3.9km/2km/750m:

2nd & 3rd overall

1st non-wetsuit swimmer (2km and 3.9km only)

Junior (under 19), Vets (over 40) and Super Vets (over 50)


10:00 Cut off point for swimmers to reach half way (1950m)
11:00 Course closes for 3.9km event


12:30 Cut off time for finishing Wave 1 of 2km event
13:40 Cut off time for finishing Wave 2 of 2km event
14:40 Cut off time for finishing Wave 3 of 2km event


14:30 Cut off time for finishing 750m Wave 1 event
15:00 Cut off time for finishing 750m Wave 2 event

Anyone who does not meet the cut off times will be picked up by the water safety team.

If at any time our safety team does not feel that you are capable of meeting the cut off times or they are concerned for your safety, you will be removed from the water. This will not be open to debate as these decisions are always made with your safety in mind and we will not compromise on this. The Water Safety Director’s decision is final at all times.

Course may be subject to change or race times delayed should conditions dictate as such. The Race Director decision is final.

  1. Wetsuit

Competitors in the 3.9km and 2km events can choose to wear a wetsuit or not and must do so as part of their online entry. There are prizes for both wetsuit and non-wetsuit overall winners in each distance.
All of those participating in the 750m event must wear wetsuits.

  1. Tow float

All competitors in all distances must use a tow float. This is for reasons of safety. Tow floats can be rented or purchased during the online booking process.

  1. Great Fjord Swim hat

All competitors in all distances must wear the GFS swim hats that will be provided with their race pack at registration. These are coloured by distance and will allow us to distinguish competitors in each distance.

  1. Timing device

A timing device will be provided as part of the race pack for each competitor in each distance and must be worn around the ankle.


All competitors in all distances must be 16 years of age or over. All of those who are 16 or over but under 18 years of age must have a parent/guardian complete a consent form on their behalf which then must be brought to registration.


You MUST be able to complete 2km confidently before taking part in the 2km event and 3.9km confidently before taking part in the 3.9km event. If you cannot do this then the 750m event is more suited for you this time.

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