The 2018 Slip to Shore Open Water Swim will take place on Sunday 1st July @ 5pm

96 people took part (a record) with Eoin Keane of the Deel Swimmers winning the race in a time of 28:09

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View some photos of this years festival and swim

The Slip to Shore Open Water Swim is a challenging 2km open water swim which begins at Dromatoor Pier (the Slip) and ends at Ballyheigue Beach (the Shore). The swim is set in beautiful surrounding of Tralee Bay where the 10 mile stretch of sandy beach from Barrow, Banna and Ballyheigue meets the headland of Kerryhead. In the background are views of Brandon Mountain and the Maherees. The swim begins at the Slip (about 2 miles from the village along the coast of Kerryhead) and hugs the coastline all the way in to finish near the Lifeguards hut on Ballyheigue Beach. We hope to add a number of other Open Water Swims in North Kerry in the coming years. Proceeds from the event will go to the Local Sea Rescue who provide safety on the day.

Thanks and congratulations to the 49 swimmers who took part in last years Slip to Shore Swim. Conditions were perfect with calm waters, great visibility, an incoming tide and no wind. Quite a few swimmers availed of the good water temperature and took the opportunity to swim without a suit. It was great to see the three past winners of the race all taking part with Hugh Stuart coming home in first place for his second title in a row in a time of 25:19. First woman home was Michelle Hoare in a time of 33:02. An enjoyable session took place afterwards in Kirby Bar who provided tea and Sambos for the swimmers and marshalls. Special thanks to the Inshore rescue who had three boats out making sure the swimmers we safe and to all the Kayakers who turned up on the day (12 in all).

View Race Results 2013 (PDF)


Hall of Fame

2017 – Eoin Keane (28:09)
2016 – Rose Browne (27:16)
2015 – 2014 – 2013 – Hugh Stuart (25:19)
2012 – Hugh Stuart (25:48)
2011 – Oran Kane (27:34)
2010 – John Edwards (28:12)


Thanks must go to the local Coastguard, Sea Rescue and all the Kayakers who volunteer to marshall each year and help to make this such a safe and enjoyable event. The Slip to Shore Swim is part of the Ballyheigue Summer Festival so be sure to check out the other events that are happening during this week.


Entry is just €10, Register on the day . All proceeds go to Ballyheigue Sea Rescue. Please register your interest on our facebook page at:

2012 Race Results Congratulations to Hugh Stuart who won this years swim and to Cathy Fisher who was first lady home

View Race Results 2012 (PDF)
View Photos of the Race