The perfect way to see Shetland! Board the Swan on Friday afternoon, and after a safety briefing set off on a short passage to spend the night at anchor in the picturesque Aithvoe in the north of the island of Bressay. Get to know your crewmates over dinner and perhaps an anchor dram before turning in for a good night’s sleep.
The Swan is a sail training vessel, and as such, you will take your turn on the helm, adjusting sails and doing safety checks, 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 a success, and your efforts will have a positive effect on the rest of the crew onboard.
Saturday will begin with a hearty breakfast; you will need your strength for all the halyard hauling you’re about to do. With the sails raised (weather conditions will dictate how many of the Swan’s 4 sails will be hoisted), enjoy your trip south, perhaps to Mousa, to anchor for an hour or two and visit the Iron age broch, the finest example of its kind. Anchor for the night in one of Shetland’s many sheltered southerly voes and spend the evening enjoying the company of your crewmates.
On Sunday, you will once more put your muscles to good use hoisting the sails, and round Sumburgh head before pointing Swan’s bow northwards. St Ninian’s isle provides a picturesque backdrop for lunch at anchor, before completing your trip north to the attractive village of Scalloway, Shetland’s ancient capital. You will disembark in the late afternoon.