Sessions and Sail 2022 - Shetland Aboard 'The Swan'

This restored herring drifter will be your home for the week as we step aboard in Lerwick and head up the coast. The ship will be your base for a voyage of exploration and music with sessions, workshops, sailing and more.

Sail the waters of Shetland, where orcas, otters, and humpback whales are often spotted; and seals and seabirds are guaranteed.

You will learn tunes and join sessions under the guidance of Shetland musicians; as the Shetland Folk Festival approaches the excitement will grow and our musical may be able to go together to one of the Festival’s world famous concerts on the Thursday night. Should you choose to stay in the islands for the Folk Festival, it will all be ramping up by the time we sail back in to Lerwick Harbour on Friday.

Throughout the trip we will enjoy good food, locally sourced where possible, prepared by our on-board chef.

Some of our likely destinations are outlined below.

We look forward to having you join us!


We will join the ship in Lerwick, the main town in Shetland. A town of 7,000 inhabitants, Lerwick will be gearing up to host musicians from all over the world as the Shetland Folk Festival approaches.


Journeying north, and depending on the location of the Shetland Folk Festival concert on Thursday evening, we may make a stop at a village on the island of Yell, such as Cullivoe.

Home of the famous Cullivoe Fiddlers, and a unique style of fiddle playing, we will be given a workshop and an introduction to the local style; later, the community will host us in an evening in the famous Cullivoe Hall.