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*Please contact us if you would like further details when our 2022 dates are available.* Join us on a classic sailing adventure to Foula, Shetland's most isolated community, which lies around 15 nautical miles from the Shetland mainland.
Boarding the Swan at 9.30am in the picturesque village of Scalloway, your day will begin with a comprehensive safety briefing including how to work the lines on deck and set the sails. We will then cast the lines and head out west to Foula. Our exact route will be decided on the day, to make the best use of the weather, wind, and our incredible wildlife and scenery.
When nearing the island, tide, weather conditions and time available will dictate if we anchor and take the dinghy into Foula to explore the island or sail around the island to take in its rugged beauty.
Sailing around Foula you will see spectacular cliffs and wildlife, including breath taking views of Da Kame, Britain's second highest sea cliff, which stands at a staggering 1200 feet, on the West side of the island. These cliffs really are a sight to behold.
If conditions allow us to drop anchor and take the dinghy into Foula, you can explore the island, including one of Foula’s highlights - the Sneck o’ da Smallie, a deep rock-cleft on the south-west coast.
Please note: We will not have time to both visit the island and sail around it. The chosen activity on the day will be decided by the skipper, to take best advantage of the conditions.
We will enjoy a well-earned lunch before making our return to Scalloway, taking in more of Shetland’s spectacular coastline along the way. You should disembark in Scalloway around 4.30 / 5pm.
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.
To note your interest in this trip please contact us or e-mail: email@example.com
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