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, perhaps heading south for the shelter of St Ninian’s Isle, or north to explore some of the anchorages around Whiteness. 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 to perhaps Walls, where you may be able to have a look around the island of Vaila, or perhaps if the wind is right you might get as far as Papa Stour, a stunning island on Shetland’s west coast, which boasts a number of awe-inspiring caves, accessible by dinghy if the swell is not too high. Spend the evening enjoying the company of your crewmates.
On Sunday, you will once more put your muscles to good use hoisting the sails, then make your return voyage to Scalloway. Perhaps, if the wind is suitable, you could take a dog-leg around Foula to view the spectacular sea-cliffs on Foula’s western coast. You will disembark in the late afternoon.