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The Swan Trust

Take a hands on adventure on a class B traditional wooden Sail Fifie – No prior experience required.

Sailing destinations include, Shetland, Orkney, Western Isles, St Kilda and many other UK Mainland locations.  Internationally, in recent years she has visited Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Faroe and Iceland. 

Swan is a beautiful, ideally sized, boat – small enough to visit small unexplored anchorages, yet large enough to be a joy to sail. Built in 1900, and painstakingly restored in 1996, she is a tried and trusted vessel, which handles well in livelier weather as well as lighter winds.

Our experienced crew love the sea and will welcome you aboard as voyage crew to ‘learn the ropes’ and play an active role in sailing and working Swan. No prior experience is required, just a sense of adventure and willingness to pitch in.

On board the atmosphere is relaxed and sociable, living and working in close quarters you will get to know your crewmates well – with many forming firm friendships on our trips. As this is a sailing adventure, we work with mother nature, going with the weather whenever we can, to give the best sail possible for all on board. Rest assured, wherever we go you will find stunning scenery and wildlife, along with the best sail/experience possible for the conditions.

2020 trips include: Shetland day and weekend sails; Hebrides & St Kilda; Caledonian Canal; Scottish Traditional Boat festival, Portsoy; Anstruther, including their harbour festival; and Hardangerfjord, Norway.  There are also themed trips on offer during Shetland Boat Week, a Shetland Bus inspired trip from Scalloway, Shetland, to Bergen, Norway, and a Scottish Herring Heritage themed trip from Shetland down the east coast of Scotland to Anstruther.

Sailing trips range from 1 to 12 days and Swan is also available for private charter.  An MCA category 0 coded vessel, Swan can sail anywhere in the world.

Join us for an adventure, discovering stunning locations and wildlife, and making incredible memories and friendships along the way. 

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