Portsoy Traditional Boat Festival

Dates & Availability

Embarkation Location
Lerwick, Shetland
Disembarkation Location
Lerwick, Shetland
Start Date
Thursday, 28 June 2018
End Date
Tuesday, 3 July 2018
Days Sailing
Days in Port
Est. Nautical Miles

Arrive in style to the famous Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy, one of the Moray Firth’s historic herring fishery villages, now known for its unspoiled beauty. Tie up inside the harbour and live onboard the Swan for the duration of the festival – you’ll be the centre of attention, along with Swan herself!

The Swan is a sail training vessel, and as such, you will take your turn on the helm, stand watch with the rest of your watch-mates, adjusting sails and doing safety checks, usually on a 4 hour on – 8 hour off watch system, and you will help out with domestic tasks such as cooking and cleaning. Everyone mucks in, from skipper to first-timer, and from the most to the least experienced. This is what will give you a strong sense of accomplishment and achievement – you are part of what makes your voyage happen, and your efforts will have a positive effect on the rest of the crew onboard.

Experience the attractions of the festival; an array of historic boats, fantastic music, wonderful food and drink, and interesting crafts. Check out the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival website to see what’s happing this year.

Return to Shetland onboard Swan, with a newfound appreciation of the skills required of our fishermen of old.

The trip leaves and returns to Lerwick, but you may wish to join or leave the Swan in Portsoy; please contact ? to discuss.

Included in voyage

  • Dinner, bed and breakfast, but you may want to decide to eat ashore at the festival; there will be plenty choice!
  • Life jacket and safety line.
  • There are basic waterproofs onboard, however you may feel more comfortable in your own wet weather gear.
  • Mattress covers are provided, bring with you a sleeping bag, pillow or alternative bedding.


Upcoming Trips

Latest Posts

Experience Simmer Dim in Shetland, sailing onboard Swan around the most northerly point in Britain.

Read More

We are currently recruiting. If you have a keen interest in traditional sailing, read more to see how you can get involved.

Read More