The Great Fjord Swim

Killary Fjord, Leenane, Galway, Ireland

Organiser's Description

All that is magical about open water swimming, in Killary Fjord. October event to rouind off your season, with three distances and superb prizes.

3.9km - for experienced swimmers who want to test their training in a new and spectacular location. Wetsuit and non-wetsuit swimmers welcome.
2km - 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 - hitch a lift with a fishing trawler to Co. Mayo and swim back to Co. Galway! Wetsuits must be worn.


  • 3.9 km
    €46 BOOK
  • 3.9 km incl. float Includes rental of a MANDATORY Tow Float
    €54 BOOK
  • 2 km wave 1 Start: 11am in water
    €46 BOOK
  • 2 km wave 1 incl. float Start: 11am in water. Includes rental of a MANDATORY Tow Float
    €54 BOOK
  • 2 km wave 2 Start: 12.10pm in water
    €46 BOOK
  • 2 km wave 2 incl float Start: 12.10pm in water. Includes rental of a MANDATORY Tow Float
    €54 BOOK
  • 750m
    €42 BOOK
  • 750m incl. float Includes rental of a MANDATORY Tow Float
    €50 BOOK

Event t-shirt

Event swim hat

Boats to start line for the 2km and 750m

Use of individual electronic timing chips

Post-event food from John West!

Registration: Killary Adventure Centre - time 07:00 - 08:15

Race start line: Beach start on the shores of Killary Fjord beneath Killary Adventure Centre

Safety briefing: Start line - 15minutes before start

Race start time: 09:00*

Race finish line: The same beach as the race started from

Cut off times: Swimmers must be able to reach the halfway point (1950M) within 1 hour and finish within 2 hours.

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

Location of registration and changing areas for 2km event is Killary Adventure Centre

Competitors will be brought by bus from Killary Adventure Centre to the pier (5 min journey) to catch the boat to the start line.

Due to the number of entries and restricted numbers on the boat, we have set up 3 waves.


There are no changes to waves allowed.

Registration time for Wave 1: 08:40 - 09:40

Wave 1 - Bus time 09:50 - Boat departure time 10:20 - Race start time 11:00*

Registration time Wave 2: 09:50 - 10:50

Wave 2 - Bus time 11:00 - Boat departure time 11:30 - Race start time 12:10*

Cut off times: 1.5 hours after start - after this time you will be picked up by our water safety team.

Registration location and times: Killary Adventure Centre - 12:00 - 13:00

Changing areas: Killary Adventure Centre activity site changing rooms

Pier for departure: The pier where the boat departs from is approximately 1 min walk from the changing areas

Boat departure time: 14:15

It will bring you out into the Killary Fjord. After a safety briefing you will jump off the boat to reach the startline.

Race start time: 14:30*

Race finish line: You then swim back to the shore to complete the race

Cut off time: For safety reasons there is a 30min cut off

You must be over 16 years of age on the day of the race to enter The Great Fjord Swim

Stay at Killary Adventure Centre with 2 nights B&B and 1 dinner for only €70.00pps in an ensuite dorm room.

A double/twin room may be booked directly by contacting Reservations on 095 43411 or emailing

Tow floats are mandatory. You can rent one during the booking process, otherwise you will have to bring your own.


To enter as a team, please enter individually and put the same team name for each entrant.

Book your place

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  • €42
  • €50

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