The perfect way to see Shetland! Your weekend adventure will begin in Baltasound, Unst, the UK’s most northerly port. Transport to Baltasound is very easy, there is a scheduled bus service available that will take you from Lerwick all the way to the pier.
On Friday evening you may want to loose your lines and head north to the sheltered voe of Burrafirth and spend your night gently swinging at anchor. Get to know your crewmates over dinner and an anchor dram before turning in for a good night’s rest in the half-light of simmer dim.
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 west, around Muckle Flugga, the Ramna Stacks and Fethaland. Work your way south west towards Walls where you may want to tie up for the night.
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.
The public bus service offers good connections for embarkation in Baltasound. For more informatoin please view the North Isles Bus Service Leaflet