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Foula Day Sail onboard The Swan LK243

From £85 per adult

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September — September

Friday 1st September 2023 - A day's sail to Foula, Shetland's most isolated community

Trip Duration: 9am - 5pm

You will join the Swan at 9am in the picturesque village of Walls, situated on the westside of Shetland, and after a safety briefing, cast the lines and head out past Linga and Vaila whilst hoisting sails for some classic sailing on our traditional wooden vessel.

It’s a pretty sail to Foula, which lies a little south-west of Walls, around 15 nautical miles from the Shetland mainland.

When nearing the island, tide, weather conditions and time available will dictate if we anchor and take the dinghy into Foula to explore the island or sail around the island to take in its rugged beauty.

Sailing around Foula you will see spectacular cliffs and wildlife, including breath taking views of Da Kame, Britain's second highest sea cliff, which stands at a staggering 1200 feet, on the West side of the island. These cliffs really are a sight to behold.

If conditions allow us to drop anchor and take the dinghy into Foula, you can explore the island, including one of Foula’s highlights - the Sneck o’ da Smallie, a deep rock-cleft on the south-west coast.

Please note: We will not have time to both visit the island and sail around it. The chosen activity on the day will be decided by the skipper, to take best advantage of the conditions.

A lunch of soup and sandwiches will be served before making your return to Walls, disembarking around 5pm.

You will take an active part in sailing the Swan, including hauling on ropes, taking a turn on the helm, and keeping a lookout. No previous sailing experience is needed, just a willingness to learn, participate and enjoy.

Est Nautical Miles - 40

Included in voyage

Sailing instruction

Lunch, tea, coffee and biscuits.

Life jacket and safety line.

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

To book please e-mail:

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

Mainland, Shetland Shetland
Small Group (1-16)
Adventure Island Hopping Landscapes Outdoor Activities Wildlife

Tour prices


  • £85 Per Adult
  • £45 Per child
  • £65 Concession


Tour company information

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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