Join our pioneering adventure to some of Ireland's wildest and remote areas as we journey along the Atlantic coastline
Complete a series of unforgettable crossings, coastal swims and circumnavigations
Sleep each night on-board the Lady of Avenel tall ship - a 102-foot Brigantine square rigger which is your home for the week. You can even try your hand at crewing this iconic vessel!
Welcome to the Wild Side! Ireland’s Donegal coast is unlike anywhere else on earth, which explains why it was named ‘Coolest Place on the Planet’ by National Geographic Traveller. This liveaboard swimming holiday allows you to explore the natural beauty of Ireland’s dramatic Atlantic coastline and discover the untamed landscapes that exist in one of the country’s most isolated and beautiful areas.
Throughout the week, you’ll have the chance to swim in some of the most inaccessible locations in the Emerald Isle, many of which can only be reached by ship, as we swim and sail our way between the glacial loch of Lough Swilly and the quiet seaside village of Burtonport. You’ll also be able to take in the culture of this proudly independent region within The Republic of Ireland.
Our home for the week, the ‘Lady of Avenel’, is a 102-foot tall ship which includes our very own on-board chef. She will accompany us for the duration of our trip as we set up to experience the best of what Ireland’s famous Atlantic coastline has to offer.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is made up largely of crossings and some coastal swims. Conditions will be challenging, yet extremely rewarding.
Swimmers should have a sound understanding and experience of swimming in strong sea conditions and be capable of completing the average swim distance of 2.5km, prior to the start of the trip. The average daily swim distance is just under 4km (split over a minimum of two swims). Due to the nature of this trip, there is a minimum swimming speed of 30 min/km (40 min/mile).
We have given this trip Challenging grading. These trips are for experienced open water swimmers who want to push themselves.
No sailing experience is required however, the ship’s crew are happy for you to assist with onboard duties as much or as little as you like.
- Fully guided swimming holiday around the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland
- Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
- Six nights' accommodation on-board the Lady of Avenel tall ship
- All breakfasts
- All lunches
- All evening meals
- Full ABTOT Financial Protection
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
Part of the appeal of our Lady of Avenel trips is the unpredictability of the wild areas in which we will swim. We sail when the winds are favourable, meaning a degree of flexibility is required as to when we may sail out.
Please note that the below itinerary is an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances can vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will let you know swim plans as soon as possible. Sailing a tall ship by its nature brings the excitement of the elements.
A true open-water experience! - if you like challenge to skill and endurance, whilst playing in crystal-clear waters in between - Donegal is your scene :)Mads S, Denmark - 2019
This trip is very different to other SwimTreks I have been on. Living on the sailing ship and swimming in rough, cooler water really helps you to appreciate the absolutely stunning scenery of the Irish coast.James L, UK - 2019
Extreme SwimTrek! Lady of Avenel took us places I didn't know existed!Susi A, UK - 2019
An exhilarating week, with like minded swimmers and some of the most interesting swimming I've done in years! There was so much to see underwater, it felt like flying over forests. Dolphins playing around the ship was a magical experience.Marg S, UK - 2018
SwimTrek knows how to listen to customers and always comes up with great new locations. Donegal is a great addition with exceptionally clear sea water and clean beaches.Claudius U, Switzerland - 2018
What a privilege to live on a pirate ship, and to be able to jump into crystal seas in places where swimmers have hardly ever ventured!Naomi B, UK - 2018
Fabulous swimming in crystal clear water over beautiful kelp and golden sand. The most amazing trip!Jos S, UK - 2018
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