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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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Successful local tour guide, writer and blogger Laurie Goodlad, shares her memories of Swan, including her first trip to Norway in 2002, aged 15, and taking part in the 2004 Tall Ships Races.

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Joseph Kay has spent the majority of his career as a fisherman, laterally as the second skipper on the Donvale. Now working on the Whalsay Ferry, he continues to be an avid supporter of the fishing industry. Here he shares some of his memories of the Swan, his time at the fishing, and stories from those who crewed the Swan, and similar vessels, in the days of sailing herring drifters.

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