Sail around the UK’s most northerly point during the long days of Shetland’s Simmer Dim. You will board Swan on the evening of 16 June, settle in and get to know your crew mates before getting a decent night’s sleep. An early start will see you hoisting sails in sheltered Gruting Voe before heading north; see if you can spot the historical Watchmans Tower as you pass the island of Vaila. If you have managed to rise early and the weather is favourable you may take the chance to have a nose into St Magnus Bay, where you can take a closer look at the Drongs, a spectacular series of slender granite stacks, and Dore Holm, which boasts Shetland’s finest natural arch.
The impressive cliffs of Eshaness will be your next landmark, then further north you will round The Faither, followed by the entrance of Ronas Voe and the Lang Ayre passing you on your starboard side. Fugla Ness and Uyea will be your next markers; see how long it will take you to then spot Fethaland and the Ramna Stacks in the north or Yell sound.
You are about half way through your voyage, and soon you will leave the mainland in your wake as you continue your venture further north. The long island of Yell now lies between you and Unst; round it to the north of Gloup and the north end of Bluemull sound. Unst has some spectacular cliffs and as you travel on your way you will see Flubersgerdie, Tonga and Hermaness before at last rounding the point of Muckle Flugga, Britain’s most northerly point. Your final stretch will take you south to sheltered Baltasound, where you can either disembark or stay onboard for the night.
You will be able to catch the ‘overland’ in the morning; Unst’s public transport system to Lerwick.
All meals for the duration of your stay onboard will be provided. You will take an active part in sailing the Swan, including hauling on ropes, taking a turn on the helm, and keeping a lookout.
• Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee and biscuits.
• Life jacket and safety line.
• There are basic waterproofs onboard, however you may feel more comfortable in your own wet weather gear.
• Bring with you sleeping bag or duvet, pillow, towel.
The public bus service offers good connections to Walls and Baltasound. For more information please view the following timetables: