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The Swan LK 243 under full Sail
Bressay Sound © Maurice Henderson

Day Sail from Lerwick

From £85 per adult

Departure days

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May — May

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A superb, hands-on, day sail on our traditional wooden fishing boat. Leaving and returning to Shetland's capital, Lerwick, our skipper will pick the route on the day, making the most of the weather.

Trip duration: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Boarding the Swan at 9.30am, your day will begin with a comprehensive safety briefing including how to work the lines on deck and set the sails. We will then put this into practice, enjoying getting hands-on with the sailing as you explore the coasts and/or isles on the east side of Shetland.

Leaving from Lerwick, there is a choice of routes which could be taken, including:

  • Sailing south to see Mousa, home to the finest example of an Iron Age Broch, a large seal colony and some incredible coastline and wildlife
  • Going around Bressay and visiting the spectacular seabird cliffs of Noss National Nature Reserve - renowned as one of Europe’s finest wildlife sites
  • Head north or south along Shetland's Mainland coastline, on a discovery of beautiful bays and quiet coastlines not often seen from the sea

With no fixed itinerary, our skipper will pick one of the routes above on the day, to make best use of the weather, wind, and our incredible wildlife and scenery.

You will be well entertained during your trip by taking an active role in sailing the Swan, including hauling on ropes, taking a turn on the helm, and keeping a lookout, as well as spotting all the wildlife on offer.

If weather and time allows, we may anchor in a sheltered spot to enjoy a well earned lunch of soup and sandwiches, and also launch the dinghy to go ashore in some locations.

We should return to Lerwick around 4.30pm.

Included in voyage

Sailing instruction

Lunch, tea, coffee and biscuits.

Life jacket and safety line.

There are waterproofs onboard, however you may feel more comfortable in your own wet weather gear.

No previous sailing experience is needed, just a willingness to learn, participate and enjoy.

To book please e-mail: info@swantrust.com

Please note: You may need to board and/or disembark the Swan via a vertical pier ladder. Ensure you wear sensible footwear, with good grips, and warm clothing, and don't forget your binoculars and camera to catch all the scenery and wildlife on offer

Starting
Lerwick Mainland, Shetland Shetland
Length
1
Day
Transport
Boat
Type
Small Group (1-16)
Themes
Adventure Landscapes Outdoor Activities Wildlife

Tour prices

From

  • £85 Per Adult
  • £45 Per child
  • £65 Concession
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

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The Swan Trust

When you come aboard the Swan you are embarking on a 'hands on' adventure. Play an active role in sailing and working the ship, build friendships with your crew mates, develop new skills and take in stunning scenery. Sailing trips range from a half day to 14 days and no previous sailing experience is required. Private charter also available by request.

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