Shetland to Orkney Weekend

Dates & Availability

Embarkation Location
Lerwick, Shetland
Disembarkation Location
Kirkwall, Orkney
Start Date
Friday, 19 May 2023
End Date
Sunday, 21 May 2023
Days Sailing
Est. Nautical Miles
Adult: £240
Youth aged 12-17 years: £180

Join the Swan in Lerwick, Shetland, and sail with us down to Orkney aboard our traditional wooden sailing vessel, disembarking in Kirkwall, Orkney. Along the way we may have time to call into Fair Isle or spend a night at anchor in Orkney.

Boarding Lerwick, 19th May, 6pm

Disembarking Kirkwall, 21st May, 4pm

The Swan is a joy to sail, which you can experience on this journey between the Northern isles of Shetland and Orkney.

With two nights aboard, depending on the weather, we may have time to call into Fair Isle or stop in an achorage in Orkney, such as Sanday, for an evening.

A voyage on Swan is very much a hands-on experience - you are part of her crew, and as such you can take your turn on the helm, stand watch with the rest of your watch-mates, adjust sails, do safety checks and help out with cooking aboard. Everyone mucks in, from skipper to first-timer, and from the most to the least experienced. This will give you a strong sense of accomplishment and achievement – you are part of what makes your voyage happen, and your efforts will have a positive effect on the rest of the crew onboard. For more details of what to expect on board please refer to our Welcome Aboard leaflet.

Included in voyage

Included in the price of this trip are sailing instruction, accommodation and all meals for the duration of your stay. For further details on what is included, and what to bring with you, please refer to our kit list.

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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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