DalRiata Medal


The Dál Riata Channel Swim, previously known as the Mull of Kintyre Swim, is a newer and shorter 17 km (10.5-mile) channel swim and was pioneered by Wayne Soutter from Mull of Kintyre in Scotland to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland on 26 August 2012 in 12 hours 11 minutes. The first attempt having been made by Mercedes Gleitze in 1928.







Solo skins swims have included Wayne Soutter from South Africa swiming Scotland to Ireland on the 26th August 2012 in a time of 12:11.00, followed by a successful crossing by Irish based swimmer, Sabrina Wiedmer from Switzerland.  Having swam Scotland ot Ireland on the 29th August 2016 in a time of 8:30.07.







The channel has also been completed by a number of skins/wetsuit relay teams including:

Relay Swims Skins









Team Riptide



Scotland to Ireland


Relay Swims Wetsuits



210′ South West



Scotland to Ireland



One Day Wonders



Scotland to Ireland



Cork open water swimmer, Ned Denison, has been creating a list of epic swims completed by Irish swimmers around the world. Have a look at them below.

English Channel Solo
English Channel Relay
Other Swims

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On the 5th September 2015, the Copeland Island swim was run in memory of Sheena Patterson, who was the first female to swim the race.

It was an important swim for me, for many reasons, my grandfather won this race in 1935, and my brother had swam it in 1998, and I paddled beside him in this swim. At that stage, I couldn't fathom why anyone would want to swim in water of that temperature, in the jellies and the tidal flow.

Since I have taken up sea swimming, I had wanted to swim this course, because of the temperature, the jellies and the tide. Sadly no-one had been organising the race in the last few years, but I had heard that Sheena was talking to the NC pilots about running the race last year, and I wanted in. Sadly Sheena didn't get to organise this race, but we swam it for her.

From Donaghadee in Northern Ireland to Portpatrick in Scotland on the Mull of Galloway.
21.6 Statuette miles.

The North Channel swim is approximately the same distance as the English Channel, but it has two major differences.  The first is the sea temperature, which can be 3-5 degrees lower and the second is the hundreds of Lions Mane jellyfish which plague the Channel during the summer months and are for the most part unavoidable.

Although once regarded as an impossible swim, it did not deter a few brave and early pioneers, such as Mercedes Gleitz (right) who made several attempts, the first one in 1928. 

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