Foula Day Sail

Dates & Availability

Embarkation Location
Walls, Shetland
Disembarkation Location
Walls, Shetland
Fully Booked
Start Date
Friday, 1 September 2023
Days Sailing
Days in Port
Est. Nautical Miles
Adult: £85
Youth aged 12-17 years: £65
Under 12s: £45

Join us for a day sail to Foula, Shetland’s most isolated community, which lies around 15 nautical miles from the Shetland mainland. You will join the Swan in the picturesque village of Walls, situated on the west side of Shetland, and head out past the isles of Linga and Vaila whilst hoisting sails for some classic sailing on our traditional wooden vessel.

Trip duration: 9am - 5pm

Joining the Swan in Walls at 9am, your day will begin with a comprehensive safety briefing including how to work the lines on deck and set the sails. We will then slip lines and head out past the isles of Linga and Vaila whilst hoisting sails.

From there it’s a pretty sail to Foula, which lies a little south-west of Walls, around 15 nautical miles from the Shetland mainland.

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.

A lunch of soup and sandwiches will be served before making your return to Walls, disembarking around 5pm.

You will take an active part in sailing the Swan, including hauling on ropes, taking a turn on the helm, and keeping a lookout. No previous sailing experience is needed, just a willingness to learn, participate and enjoy.

Included in voyage

  • Sailing instruction
  • Lunch, 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.
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Please note: You may need to board and/or disembark the Swan via a vertical pier ladder. Ensure you wear sensible footwear, with good grips, and warm clothing, and don't forget your binoculars and camera to catch all the wildlife on offer.


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