Orkney and Shetland

VoyageStart PortEnd Port
Orkney and ShetlandInverness, ScotlandInverness, Scotland
DurationTotal PriceDeposit
11 Days£1799 pp£360 pp

Sunsets in secluded bays.

Neolithic Standing Stones. Majestic wildlife.

The Shetlands hold a special place in the history of Captain William Smith. Smith discovered what was named South Shetland Islands on the original Williams in the Antarctic in 1819, as they were at the same latitude South as our Shetland Islands. So we thought there is no better place to take the Williams II in 2023 than up to their namesake!

This is definitely a trip for the brave of heart! You will be rewarded with some of the most stunning sights that the UK has to offer. If weather allows we intend to stop in Orkney to see some of the magnificent Neolithic standing stones and Skara Brae. From there we head for Lerwick in Shetland and hope to enjoy some time exploring the stunning coastlines and coves. While you do not have to have any sailing qualifications for this voyage we do recommend that you have confidence in your sea-legs, health, and ability to manage seasickness.

Possible other ports of call: Wick, Kirkwall, Lerwick.

All itineraries are subject to change. This can be because of extreme weather or medical emergency etc. See our Booking Terms for more information.

Available Dates 2023:

24 June
24 June- 4 July4 July

Deposit required to reserve your berth. Full balance due within one week of paying deposit.

All the crew on board were superb, very helpful, and the food was outstanding. The whole trip exceeded any expectations we had, many thanks to everyone.

– 2022 Week Passenger

Such a wonderful experience with an extremely competent crew who were a delight to be with. I will treasure the memories forever.

– 2021 Overnight Passenger
Life onboard

You are encouraged to get involved in all aspects of the voyage that you are comfortable with, from hauling sails, taking the helm, and even helping in the galley from time to time. Coming together as a team is what makes our overnight trips so memorable. All training is provided and there are tasks to suit all levels of ability.

Vessel Information

Name: Williams II

Built: 1914

Type: Gaff Rigged Ketch

Gross tonnage: 80 Tonnes

Waterline length: 24m

Draught: 2.7m

Beam: 6.3m

Passenger Berths: 9


Travel to and from Inverness is the responsibility of the passengers to arrange.