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Folk Festival Day Sail

Dates & Availability

Embarkation Location
Scalloway, Shetland
Disembarkation Location
Scalloway, Shetland
Available
Start Date
Thursday, 2 May 2024
End Date
Thursday, 2 May 2024
Days Sailing
1
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Price
£90 adult / £70 12-17 yrs / £50 under 12
£250 per family group (2 adults, 2 U18)

A superb, hands-on, day sail on our traditional wooden fishing boat. Leaving and returning to Scalloway, our skipper will pick the route on the day, making the most of the weather. The boat will travel along the west coast, exploring sheltered bays and inlets.

Boarding the Swan at 9.30am, your day will begin with a comprehensive safety briefing including how to work the lines on deck and set the sails. We will then put this into practice, enjoying getting hands-on with the sailing as you explore the coasts and/or isles on the west side of Shetland.

Leaving from Scalloway, there is a choice of routes which could be taken, including sailing round Burra, Trondra, Papa, Oxna and Hildasay as well as following the coast of the Shetland mainland.

With no fixed itinerary, our skipper will pick a suitable route on the day, to make best use of the weather, wind, and our incredible wildlife and scenery.

You will be well entertained during your trip by taking an active role in sailing the Swan, including hauling on ropes, taking a turn on the helm, and keeping a lookout, as well as spotting all the wildlife on offer.

If weather and time allows, we may anchor in a sheltered spot to enjoy a well earned lunch of soup and sandwiches, and also launch the dinghy to go ashore in some locations. As this is a special Folk Festival Day Trip we would encourage you to bring an instrument for a tune during the meal times and when at anchor. (please note we cannot take responsibility for damage to any items brought aboard)

We should return to Scalloway around 5.00pm.

Included in voyage

  • Lunch, tea and coffee
  • Sailing instruction
  • Life jacket and safety line.
  • There are basic waterproofs onboard, however you may feel more comfortable in your own wet weather gear.

To book please e-mail us on [email protected].

Please ensure you wear sensible footwear, with good grips, and warm clothing, and don't forget your camera.

Swan passing Bressay Lighthouse image: Maurice Henderson

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