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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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The Vevoe Trophy for Swan Sail Trainee of the Year 2022 was presented to nineteen-year-old Vaila Wright, from Lerwick. Supported by Sail Training Shetland, Vaila was one of twenty Swan Trainees who took part in the Tall Ships Races 2022, visiting Denmark, The Netherlands and Belgium, followed by the Excelsior Trust Centenary Smack Race, in Lowestoft, England.

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The Swan Trust SCIO is delighted that one of their volunteers, Ian Nicolson, has been awarded the National Historic Ships UK and Marsh Charitable Trust, Marsh Volunteer Award (Individual) 2022. The Awards recognise the significant contribution volunteers make to the conservation and operation of historic vessels in the UK

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