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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.

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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, April 2016

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, June 2017

Memorable, fun and encouraging.

John-Frank, August 2017

Had a wonderful trip to Trondheimsfjorden. The staff were patient and kind with us beginners.

June, August 2018

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, June 2019

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, September 2019

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Latest News

Bowsprit Repair Complete

25 September 2020

Every year volunteers come together over the winter to help maintain Swan, consisting of both traditional boat maintenance and one-off tasks. Over the past couple of years these have included re-caulking the coach roof and dismantling and overhauling the capstan. Here Swan Trust Trustee Brian Wishart, tells us about repairing the Bowsprit.

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In the next instalment of our personal stories of Swan, Maggie Adamson tells us about her history with Swan and life on board as a crew member of this classic sailing boat. As an accomplished sailor, and world class musician, Maggie has travelled the world, but her passion for Shetland and the Swan has seen her crew the Swan for the past four seasons.

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