A boat trip with a difference: experience classic sailing aboard an original Shetland fishing sail boat.
Built and launched in Shetland in 1900, Swan was one of the finest boats among the Scottish fishing fleet.
Having survived two world wars and the threat of destruction, the ship has been authentically restored to her former glory by The Swan Trust, a team of dedicated volunteers.
The Swan Trust offers voyages around the Shetland Islands, and further afield including Orkney, the Western Isles, St Kilda, Mainland Scotland, Faroe, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
Join us for an unforgettable adventure.
When you come aboard Swan you are undertaking an adventure. You are part of the ‘hands on’ crew for that trip, and come under the command of the skipper. You will play an active role in sailing and working this classic sailing ship.Book a Trip on the Swan
Testimonials from our guests
Life changing in the best way possible. Forget climbing the Everest, diving with whales or becoming a Buddhist monk for a month. Sail on the Swan and you’ll get as close to your true and possible self as you could ever be.Magnus,
First time on the Swan and first time in Foula but really hope to do both again. A brilliant day - many thanks to the crew for making it so enjoyable and if you've never been on the Swan, do it!Alison,
Had a wonderful trip to Trondheimsfjorden. The staff were patient and kind with us beginners.June,
My 8 days on the Swan, sailing from Stromness to Lerwick via Fair Isle and various small islands ranks as one of the most special experiences of my life - no question.Joe,
Had a real adventure sailing Shetland to Faroes. The crew of The Swan made us feel really safe and fed us with fresh cod, pollock and crab. An amazing 12 days, and great value for money.Chris,
Spending 8 days on the Swan was an experience I’ll always look back on with fondness. Despite not making it to St Kilda, we sailed around the Western Isles which was all the more rewarding, with spectacular sailing, good food, and a fantastic crew aboard, making the adventure one never to be forgotten.Amelie,
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The Swan is taking a 10 night trip down the east coast of Scotland, 8th to 18th June 2023. On the Herring Trail will visit Lerwick, Stronsay, Wick, Peterhead and Anstruther, undertaking an activity in each port, showcasing the importance of the herring fishery to the Scottish economy, heritage and culture.Read more
Sail Training Shetland and The Swan Trust recently completed a series of 7 youth sail training taster day sails around Shetland. With a new set of trainees each day, 70 trainees aged 15-25 years took part, and showed they all had the ability to take part in the Tall Ships Races 2023, which will return to Shetland in July.Read more