The Swan LK 243 under full Sail

© Maurice Henderson

Bressay Sound

Sailing Trips on the Swan LK 243

Join us for a hands-on sailing trip to a variety of locations. Explore Shetland's coasts and waters on half day, full day and weekend trips, or take a longer, up to 14 night, trip to farther flung locations, such as Faroe, Norway and St Kilda.

With no prior experience required, join us classic sailing around tranquil, undisturbed islands, soaring Norwegian fjords or soaking up the atmosphere at a festival.

We have a variety of Shetland sailing trips on offer April - Oct around Shetlands Mainland as well as its outer isles, including Noss, Mousa, Whalsay, Skerries, Yell, Unst, Fair Isle and Foula.

We also offer trips in and to other locations, including Orkney, Anstruther, Norway, Faroe, the Western Isles and St Kilda.

When you come aboard Swan you are undertaking an adventure. Part of the ‘hands on’ crew for that trip, you will come under the command of the skipper and play an active role in sailing and working this traditional boat.

Swan is ideally sized – small enough to visit small unexplored anchorages, yet large enough to be a joy to sail. On board the atmosphere is relaxed and sociable. Living and working in close quarters, you will get to know your crewmates well and form friendships which continue long after the trip is over.

Built in 1900, the Swan was a successful sail fishing vessel for many years. Fully restored and converted into a sail training and charter vessel, she now carries passengers and also offers life changing sail training opportunities to Shetland and Scottish youths aged under 25.

Price on Request

Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

April — October

Contact details

The Swan Trust

16 Alexandra Building

Tour information


  • Lerwick
  • Mainland, Shetland
  • Shetland
  • Unst




  • Boat


  • Bespoke
  • Small Group (1-16)


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • History
  • Island Hopping
  • Landscapes
  • Music
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Wildlife

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The Swan Trust

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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