On the Day

Posted: Wed 1 Sep 2021

On the day of the event, there are a few key things that you need to know.

What is the Swim Route?

The swim route starts at South Kessock pier. There are two turn points marked with giant orange swim buoys. You'll start by swimming out towards the North Kessock pier. Just before you reach the pier you'll make your first turn right towards the Kessock Bridge. You'll then swim a short distance to the second buoy before making another turn right to head for the finish back at the South Kessock pier. See the map pictured below.

We reserve the right to amend the swim route on the day. For example, high winds may make the crossing unsafe, but we may still be able to offer a safe alternative route which hugs the coast without going over to North Kessock. Please see Section 5 of the terms & conditions for full details.

What are the Timings on the Day?

Event Timetable

0730 Car park & bike park open

0830 Registration open

1045 Registration closes, all swimmers go to the pier

1100 Mandatory safety brief for all swimmers

1115 Estimated start (may vary slightly according to tidal conditions on the day)

1215 Outgoing tide running faster - last swimmers out of the water

1330 Raffle & Presentations

Is it a Mass Start?

'Timed' swimmers will be directed to the end of the pier nearest the water and will start first. 'Non-Timed' swimmers will be held further up the pier, and will start shortly after the timed swimmers.

What Facilities are Available?

The event centre will have the following facilities:

How do I Get to the Event?

You have four options for travel to the event centre. Event Location