A Shetland boat trip with a difference: experience an original fishing sail boat.

The Swan was launched in 1900. She was one of the finest boats among the Scottish fishing fleet, and was the largest ever built at Lerwick in Shetland.

Having survived two world wars and the threat of destruction, the ship has now 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 in the Western Isles, Faroe, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Join us for an unforgettable adventure.

When you come aboard the 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 the ship on passage.

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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

Latest News

August Blog

10 September 2019

Swan crew review our August sailings, a youth charter to Norway and a celebration of the historical fishing links between Shetland and Faroe

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A review of Swans recent trip to Faroe with local author of The Cod Hunters book, John Goodlad. Although a regular visitor to Faroe, this Swan trip had a special theme, celebrating the strong historical fishing links between the Faroese and the Shetlanders. Mr Goodlad spoke at three very well attended events, in Torshavn, Sandoy and Suderoy, with readings from his book about a time when many Shetlanders fished for cod around Faroe from sailing smacks.

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