SUNDAY, 1st MARCH 2020

After the amazing support from the Appin and Lismore communities last year, we had to come back to this swim! As last year, swimmers will take the ferry from Port Appin to Lismore and then swim back (distance 1.4km). The water will be cold at this time of the year, so we wouldn't recommend it to absolute beginners.

Due to limited spaces on the ferry, there are only 60 SPACES available for this swim.



This is our second visit to Port Appin and Lismore. The plan is to take the ferry across to Lismore and then swim back the 1.4 km distance. It should take the average swimmer about 30-35 minutes to complete the swim. This is an open water crossing, so we would not advise this swim for absolute beginners.

Due to limited spaces on the ferry, there are only 60 SPACES available for this swim.

The swim is scheduled to start at 3.30pm from Lismore, but this is still subject to confirmation. Final details, including registration and ferry times, will be emailed to those who have registered for the swim.

There is no minimum age, but swimmers under 16 must have a parent present. The parent does not need to do the swim, but must be present throughout the event. We also welcome swimmers with disabilities - please contact Alex on



All registrations for swims must be done online. Usually, registrations close one week before each event, but this may sooner for popular swims. If you would like a reminder, simply join our mailing list and we'll send you an email a few days before the deadline.

Due to limited spaces on the ferry, there are only 60 SPACES available for this swim. Don't leave it too late to register!


As a charity, we try to keep our registrations fees as low as possible to ensure everybody can attend our events. This year, our registration fee will be £10 for this swim, which will be automatically added to your total when you register. If you register for more than one swim, you will have £10 added to the total for each swim you want to do.

This money covers for all our expenses during the year, including public liability insurance, fuel for the boat and the maintenance of this website. Volunteers and trustees do not get paid anything. Please watch the video to find out where your money goes.


After 3 years of raising money towards Children with Cancer UK, this is the second year we support The Brain Tumour Charity. This has become a charity close to our hearts, as Ally Connolly, a former trustee, is currently fighting a brain tumour.

The Brain Tumour Charity is the world’s leading brain tumour charity and the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours globally. Committed to saving and improving lives, they’re moving further, faster to help every single person affected by a brain tumour. Their aim is to find new treatments, offering the highest level of support and driving urgent change. Why not find out more about what they do?



For every event, we have an exceptional safety team accompanying the swimmers throughout the swim. This will include several kayaks and at least one safety boat with dry robes on board in case swimmers need to be pulled out of the water. In addition, we have a defibrillator ready to use and, whenever possible, the support of a local nurse.


All these details, as well as any risks particular to this swim will be highlighted during the safety brief held about 20 minutes before the start of the swim. It's important that all swimmers make time to listen to the brief. You can read more about possible risks and what we do to minimise them here


We believe tow-floats help our safety team follow swimmers in the water, improving visibility to others and support should swimmers need to rest or require assistance. This means all participants need to have a tow-float. It can pink, if you want! In addition, it can be a place to carry some of your personal belongings, as some tow-floats include a small dry area.


Participants can swim in a wetsuit or in skins. It's up to each individual swimmer to decide how they want to do the swim. At registration, we ask if you're wearing a wetsuit or swimming in skins just to know numbers and assess any changes we may need to do to our cover to ensure the safety of all swimmers.


To help you warm-up after the swim, we have a delicious choice of homemade soups, as well as tea/coffees. Soups are usually vegetarian, but ask before you chose. Don't be in a rush to leave, and stay for a bowl of soup and a chat - we also run a raffle after the swim, so you may find you even win a prize. Prizes include swimming equipment, or Highland Open Water Swim stuff from our shop. Don't forget to ask for your raffle tickets!


On the A828, turn to Tyneribbie and follow that road for about 3 miles until you reach Port Appin ferry terminal. As parking spaces are limited, please follow the directions from a menber of our team when you arrive.


We welcome swimmers with disabilities. Feel free to talk to us about your needs – contact Alex at prior to registration and we will accommodate you based on your needs. Please , if you have any concerns about your ability to take part in this event seek doctor’s advice before taking part and declare anything which our safety would need to be aware.


From kayakers to soup-makers, our events are run by a (very!) small army of dedicated volunteers, who offer their time and expertise to keep everybody safe and happy during the swim. We are always looking for help, and if you would like to join the team (even if it's for just one event), please contact Alex at Volunteers receive no payment, but can get as many cups of coffee as they want! We are grateful for any help, as these events would not happen without your support.


If you still have any questions, please contact Alex on and we'll reply as soon as we can. You can also keep in touch via our Facebook page or sign up for our mailing list.


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