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8 January 2020

The Swan Trust is offering a varied 2020 programme of trips, which can now be booked online. Swan will visit two festivals on the UK Mainland, cruise down the Caledonian Canal, explore the Western Isles, and look to hop over to St Kilda. She will also be doing trips around Shetland, including a partnership with local musician Barry Nisbet to offer his Sessions and Sail in the isles for the first time, to coincide with the start of the 40th Shetland Folk Festival, and trips to coincide with Shetland Boat Week and the Festival of the Sea in Scalloway.  In August she will head over to Norway on a trip inspired by the Shetland Bus then take a cruise around the Hardangerfjord before returning to Shetland for September.

To celebrate the start of her 25th year as a sail training and charter vessel, Swan will take a trip down memory lane with a Herring Fishery themed tour in June. The trip will start in Swan’s home port of Lerwick and end in Anstruther, in time for their annual Harbour Festival. Stops along the way will include Orkney, Wick, Peterhead and/or Fraserburgh. The Trust is linking in with local organisations to provide an activity in each port related to the herring fishery past and present – including the Scottish Fisheries Museum, The Wick Society and the Stronsay Ranger Service.

Following the Anstruther Harbour Festival, Swan will offer a trip up the east coast of Scotland to the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy. Passengers will stay aboard for the weekend and enjoy all the festival has to offer, with weekend passes and access to the crew only areas included, before leaving the festival as part of its parade of sail and disembarking in Inverness.

From here she will take passengers down the Caledonian Canal to Oban, after which she will welcome passengers aboard for a tour of the Western Isles and, hopefully, St Kilda. This trip will disembark in Mallaig, where she will pick up for a Hebridean cruise which will end in Ullapool to prepare for a private charter with Sail Training Shetland back to the Isles.

Swan will return to the Isles with the Sail Training Shetland Trainees for the start of August, when she will take part in Shetland Boat Week and Festival of the Sea activities. Following this she will head over to Norway on a Shetland Bus inspired voyage, before taking a trip around the Hardangerfjord. Returning to Shetland at the start of September, she will be available for Shetland trips and if any local groups would like to charter her please get in touch with the Swan Trust.

The Trust is also pleased to announce that, for the first time, passengers can book and pay for their trip online. The Trust has been working with NB Communication to install a number of new features on their website, including online booking and donations, galleries, a section to thank supporters, and volunteer and newsletter sign up forms. The Trust hopes that all of this will enable better communication with its customers and volunteers, as well as an easier booking process.

David Goodlad, Chair of the Swan Trust, said: “Swan is a unique vessel, and a great community asset. We have always attracted a range of passengers, both local and from further afield and we hope our 2020 diary will appeal to both. We have scheduled trips which help us achieve our core aims, of promoting our heritage and islands and enabling anyone to learn the techniques of sailing a traditional sail Fifie, as well as being attractive to passengers, to help us earn income to maintain the vessel. We are delighted with the work NB Communications have done to upgrade our website. To be able to take online bookings, payments and donations for the first time is a big step forward for us and will make the booking process much easier. Along with the varied diary and activities on offer, we hope this will make our 2020 season a success. As we are still awaiting confirmation of dates for our Norway trips and some Shetland trips, not all are on our website yet but if you are interested in these please contact us on info@swantrust.com.”

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