Events

Shetland Boat Week 2017 took place between 7th and 13th August.

There were 55 different events in the 2017 programme which ranged from exhibitions, talks, demonstrations, and boat trips, to tours and activities. The Sercro NorthLink Ferries Boatbuilding project was also taking place every day in the Shetland Museum Boat Shed.

The 2017 programme of events can be downloaded as a PDF here.

The provisional dates for the 2018 event, are Monday 6th August to Sunday 12th August. This is still to be confirmed.

  • Mon7th Aug
  • Tue8th Aug
  • Wed9th Aug
  • Thu10th Aug
  • Fri11th Aug
  • Sat12th Aug
  • Sun13th Aug

Traditional Boat Display

All Day

Traditional Shetland Boats will be on display at Hay's Dock in Lerwick, and also NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.

At Sea and Ashore: Shetland Fishermen

9:00am - 5:00pm

This exhibition highlights the photography of fishermen living and working in Shetland.

Fairmile D-Class MTB Display

Fairmile D-Class MTB Display

9:00am - 5:00pm

Exhibition of a 1/24th Scale model of a Fairmile D Class MTB along with photographs and other information about this subject.

Map your Journey

10:00am - 5:00pm

Stop along our giant world map and put a pin in the places you have journeyed by boat - whether for work or pleasure. Let's see how far you have travelled!

Traditional Shetland Boatbuilding Project - Sponsored by NorthLink Ferries

10:00am - 5:00pm

Drop by the Shetland Museum Boat Shed to watch local boatbuilders, Jack Duncan and Robbie Tait, as they construct a brand new clinker built fourareen.

Self Guided Tour of Hay's Dock

10:00am - 5:00pm

Collect a guide sheet from reception and take a self-guided tour around the historic Hay's Dock to learn about its fascinating past.

Exhibition of 'North Boats'

10:00am - 5:00pm

Shetland Museum has an impressive collection of photographs and models of generations of ‘North Boats'. A selection of these will be on display in the upper foyer.

Shetland Marine Charters Cruise of St Magnus Bay

10:00am - 2:00pm

Take a cruise round the St Magnus Bay area with Shetland Marine Charters.

Heritage Fishing Shetland

10:00am - 12:30pm

Unique 2.5 hour fishing trips in the beautiful Scalloway waters. Experience a traditional Shetland boat and fishing methods.

Mootie Moose - Brilliant Boats

10:00am - 10:00am

Join Mootie Moose to discover the Brilliant Boats around at Boat Week.

At Sea' Art Competition: Winners Announced

10:30am - 10:30am

Primary and secondary age art competition winners will be announced and a selection of the winning and highly commended artwork unveiled for display.

Vaila Mae boat trip

Vaila Mae boat trip

10:30am - 3:00pm

Join our experienced crew for a trip in the sixareen, Vaila Mae, to experience traditional dipping lug sailing.

Row Your Boat

11:00am - 1:00pm

Get out on your own in a small boat around Hay's Dock.

Bressay Boats Exhibition

11:00am - 4:00pm

Outdoor display of Bressay boats used by Bressay folk for work and transport.

Fancy Knotwork Demos with John Jamieson

Fancy Knotwork Demos with John Jamieson

11:00am - 1:00pm

Experienced seaman, John Jamieson, will demonstrate his skills at fancy knotwork and show examples of some of his intricate work.

Behind the Scenes: Shetland Museum Boat Store

Behind the Scenes: Shetland Museum Boat Store

11:00am - 11:00am

Join Shetland Museum Curator, Dr Ian Tait, for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's boat storage facility.

Film Showing - The Vaila Mae

Film Showing - The Vaila Mae

11:00am - 11:00am

Watch the step-by-step construction of the Vaila Mae, an impressive replica sixareen.

Book Launch: ‘Open Boat Days' compiled by Charlie Simpson

11:30am - 11:30am

‘Open Boat Days' is a new title, compiled by Charlie Simpson and published by The Shetland Times, and launched to coincide with Shetland Boat Week.

Laura Kay Boat Trip

Laura Kay Boat Trip

11:30am - 3:00pm

Head out in the Laura Kay, the Shetland Museum's modern built, traditional haddock boat, for a tour around the harbour.

Sumburgh Shipwreck Tour

Sumburgh Shipwreck Tour

12:00pm - 12:00pm

Join one of the visitor guides at Sumburgh Head to hear about the shipwrecks around the Sumburgh coastline.

Ship Bridge Simulator Experience

Ship Bridge Simulator Experience

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Try your hand in the ship bridge simulator at the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.

Row Your Boat

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Get out on your own in a small boat around Hay's Dock.

Round the Coast - an illustrated lecture by Charlie Simpson

2:00pm - 2:00pm

An illustrated lecture tour of Shetland's coastline with Charlie Simpson.

Mousa - the Fishy Story

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Explore and see demonstration of the use of meids in fish-finding around Mousa. Commentary by Charlie Simpson, author of ‘Water in Burgidale'.

Fishing Boats in Shetland: From sixareens to pelagic trawlers. By Dr Ian Napier

7:00pm - 7:00pm

This is the story of how (and why) Shetland fishermen progressed from small open boats to large modern fishing boats in just a few generations. CANCELLED

Traditional Boat Display

12:00am - 11:59pm

Traditional Shetland Boats will be on display at Hay's Dock in Lerwick, and also NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.

At Sea and Ashore: Shetland Fishermen

9:00am - 5:00pm

This exhibition highlights the photography of fishermen living and working in Shetland.

Fairmile D-Class MTB Display

Fairmile D-Class MTB Display

9:00am - 5:00pm

Exhibition of a 1/24th Scale model of a Fairmile D Class MTB along with photographs and other information about this subject.

Map your Journey

10:00am - 5:00pm

Stop along our giant world map and put a pin in the places you have journeyed by boat - whether for work or pleasure. Let's see how far you have travelled!

Traditional Shetland Boatbuilding Project - Sponsored by NorthLink Ferries

10:00am - 5:00pm

Drop by the Shetland Museum Boat Shed to watch local boatbuilders, Jack Duncan and Robbie Tait, as they construct a brand new clinker built fourareen.

Self Guided Tour of Hay's Dock

10:00am - 5:00pm

Collect a guide sheet from reception and take a self-guided tour around the historic Hay's Dock to learn about its fascinating past.

Exhibition of 'North Boats'

10:00am - 5:00pm

Shetland Museum has an impressive collection of photographs and models of generations of ‘North Boats'. A selection of these will be on display in the upper foyer.

Shetland Marine Charters Cruise of St Magnus Bay

10:00am - 2:00pm

Take a cruise round the St Magnus Bay area with Shetland Marine Charters.

Heritage Fishing Shetland

2:30pm - 5:00pm

Unique 2.5 hour fishing trips in the beautiful Scalloway waters. Experience a traditional Shetland boat and fishing methods.

Vaila Mae boat trip

Vaila Mae boat trip

10:30am - 3:00pm

Join our experienced crew for a trip in the sixareen, Vaila Mae, to experience traditional dipping lug sailing.

Row Your Boat

11:00am - 1:00pm

Get out on your own in a small boat around Hay's Dock.

Bressay Boats Exhibition

11:00am - 4:00pm

Outdoor display of Bressay boats used by Bressay folk for work and transport.

Laura Kay Boat Trip

Laura Kay Boat Trip

11:30am - 3:00pm

Head out in the Laura Kay, the Shetland Museum's modern built, traditional haddock boat, for a tour around the harbour.

Sumburgh Shipwreck Tour

Sumburgh Shipwreck Tour

12:00pm - 12:00pm

Join one of the visitor guides at Sumburgh Head to hear about the shipwrecks around the Sumburgh coastline.

Row Your Boat

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Get out on your own in a small boat around Hay's Dock.

At Sea' art competition exhibition

10:00am - 5:00pm

Display of primary and secondary age art submitted on the theme of ‘At Sea'. Competition.

World Treasures Workshop P1-3

10:30am - 12:30pm

Children's maritime themed workshop for primary 1-3.

Boat tours aboard Adenia LK193

11:00am - 2:00pm

Take a tour aboard the impressive Whalsay Pelagic boat, Adenia LK193. Tours begin every 30 minutes.

Film showing - Havera: the story of an island

11:00am - 11:00am

This award winning film depicts an island way of life that no longer exists. A beautiful and though provoking film.

Cookery demo with Marian Armitage

Cookery demo with Marian Armitage

11:00am - 12:00pm

Join local award winning cookery book author, Marian Armitage and friends for a cookery demonstration with some traditional Shetland dishes inspired by the sea.

Mousa Sound Short Cruise

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Cruise Mousa Sound taking in the sights of the Lairds House, copper mine, powder house and Burland Broch.

Shetland Boat Week Yoal Race

7:00pm - 7:00pm

See a selection of Shetland Yoal teams compete for the first Shetland Boat Week Yoal trophy.

Dim Riv Harbour Tour

Dim Riv Harbour Tour

7:00pm - 7:00pm

Take a tour around the harbour like a viking in the replica longship, Dim Riv.

Traditional Boat Display

12:00am - 11:59pm

Traditional Shetland Boats will be on display at Hay's Dock in Lerwick, and also NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.

At Sea and Ashore: Shetland Fishermen

9:00am - 5:00pm

This exhibition highlights the photography of fishermen living and working in Shetland.

Fairmile D-Class MTB Display

Fairmile D-Class MTB Display

9:00am - 5:00pm

Exhibition of a 1/24th Scale model of a Fairmile D Class MTB along with photographs and other information about this subject.

Map your Journey

10:00am - 5:00pm

Stop along our giant world map and put a pin in the places you have journeyed by boat - whether for work or pleasure. Let's see how far you have travelled!

Traditional Shetland Boatbuilding Project - Sponsored by NorthLink Ferries

10:00am - 5:00pm

Drop by the Shetland Museum Boat Shed to watch local boatbuilders, Jack Duncan and Robbie Tait, as they construct a brand new clinker built fourareen.

Self Guided Tour of Hay's Dock

10:00am - 5:00pm

Collect a guide sheet from reception and take a self-guided tour around the historic Hay's Dock to learn about its fascinating past.

Exhibition of 'North Boats'

10:00am - 5:00pm

Shetland Museum has an impressive collection of photographs and models of generations of ‘North Boats'. A selection of these will be on display in the upper foyer.

Shetland Marine Charters Cruise of St Magnus Bay

10:00am - 2:00pm

Take a cruise round the St Magnus Bay area with Shetland Marine Charters.

Heritage Fishing Shetland

2:30pm - 5:00pm

Unique 2.5 hour fishing trips in the beautiful Scalloway waters. Experience a traditional Shetland boat and fishing methods.

Vaila Mae boat trip

Vaila Mae boat trip

10:30am - 3:00pm

Join our experienced crew for a trip in the sixareen, Vaila Mae, to experience traditional dipping lug sailing.

Row Your Boat

11:00am - 1:00pm

Get out on your own in a small boat around Hay's Dock.

Bressay Boats Exhibition

11:00am - 4:00pm

Outdoor display of Bressay boats used by Bressay folk for work and transport.

Behind the Scenes: Shetland Museum Boat Store

Behind the Scenes: Shetland Museum Boat Store

11:00am - 11:00am

Join Shetland Museum Curator, Dr Ian Tait, for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's boat storage facility.

Laura Kay Boat Trip

Laura Kay Boat Trip

11:30am - 3:00pm

Head out in the Laura Kay, the Shetland Museum's modern built, traditional haddock boat, for a tour around the harbour.

Sumburgh Shipwreck Tour

Sumburgh Shipwreck Tour

12:00pm - 12:00pm

Join one of the visitor guides at Sumburgh Head to hear about the shipwrecks around the Sumburgh coastline.

Row Your Boat

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Get out on your own in a small boat around Hay's Dock.

At Sea' art competition exhibition

10:00am - 5:00pm

Display of primary and secondary age art submitted on the theme of ‘At Sea'. Competition.

Boat tours aboard Adenia LK193

11:00am - 2:00pm

Take a tour aboard the impressive Whalsay Pelagic boat, Adenia LK193. Tours begin every 30 minutes.

Mousa Sound Short Cruise

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Cruise Mousa Sound taking in the sights of the Lairds House, copper mine, powder house and Burland Broch.

World Treasures Workshop P4-7

10:30am - 12:30pm

Maritime themed activity workshop for children in primary 4-7.

Restoration of the Oceanic Lifeboat: a talk by Dr Ian Tait

Restoration of the Oceanic Lifeboat: a talk by Dr Ian Tait

2:00pm - 2:00pm

Shetland Museum curator, Dr Ian Tait, explains how a lifeboat from H.M.S. Oceanic survived peace and war, before being restored. 

The Incredible Journey - SS Great Britain 1843 to present day. A talk by Dr Matthew Tanner

The Incredible Journey - SS Great Britain 1843 to present day. A talk by Dr Matthew Tanner

7:00pm - 7:00pm

Keynote lecture of Shetland Boat Week 2017, by Dr Matthew Tanner MBE, Chief Executive of the ss Great Britain Trust.

Malakoff Boat Shed Tour

7:30pm - 7:30pm

Visit the Malakoff boat building shed to see how contemporary industry boats are built.

Traditional Boat Display

12:00am - 11:59pm

Traditional Shetland Boats will be on display at Hay's Dock in Lerwick, and also NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.

At Sea and Ashore: Shetland Fishermen

9:00am - 5:00pm

This exhibition highlights the photography of fishermen living and working in Shetland.

Fairmile D-Class MTB Display

Fairmile D-Class MTB Display

9:00am - 5:00pm

Exhibition of a 1/24th Scale model of a Fairmile D Class MTB along with photographs and other information about this subject.

Map your Journey

10:00am - 5:00pm

Stop along our giant world map and put a pin in the places you have journeyed by boat - whether for work or pleasure. Let's see how far you have travelled!

Traditional Shetland Boatbuilding Project - Sponsored by NorthLink Ferries

10:00am - 5:00pm

Drop by the Shetland Museum Boat Shed to watch local boatbuilders, Jack Duncan and Robbie Tait, as they construct a brand new clinker built fourareen.

Self Guided Tour of Hay's Dock

10:00am - 5:00pm

Collect a guide sheet from reception and take a self-guided tour around the historic Hay's Dock to learn about its fascinating past.

Exhibition of 'North Boats'

10:00am - 5:00pm

Shetland Museum has an impressive collection of photographs and models of generations of ‘North Boats'. A selection of these will be on display in the upper foyer.

Shetland Marine Charters Cruise of St Magnus Bay

10:00am - 2:00pm

Take a cruise round the St Magnus Bay area with Shetland Marine Charters.

Heritage Fishing Shetland

2:30pm - 5:00pm

Unique 2.5 hour fishing trips in the beautiful Scalloway waters. Experience a traditional Shetland boat and fishing methods.

Vaila Mae boat trip

Vaila Mae boat trip

10:30am - 3:00pm

Join our experienced crew for a trip in the sixareen, Vaila Mae, to experience traditional dipping lug sailing.

Row Your Boat

11:00am - 1:00pm

Get out on your own in a small boat around Hay's Dock.

Bressay Boats Exhibition

11:00am - 4:00pm

Outdoor display of Bressay boats used by Bressay folk for work and transport.

Laura Kay Boat Trip

Laura Kay Boat Trip

11:30am - 3:00pm

Head out in the Laura Kay, the Shetland Museum's modern built, traditional haddock boat, for a tour around the harbour.

Sumburgh Shipwreck Tour

Sumburgh Shipwreck Tour

12:00pm - 12:00pm

Join one of the visitor guides at Sumburgh Head to hear about the shipwrecks around the Sumburgh coastline.

Row Your Boat

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Get out on your own in a small boat around Hay's Dock.

At Sea' art competition exhibition

10:00am - 5:00pm

Display of primary and secondary age art submitted on the theme of ‘At Sea'. Competition.

Boat tours aboard Adenia LK193

11:00am - 2:00pm

Take a tour aboard the impressive Whalsay Pelagic boat, Adenia LK193. Tours begin every 30 minutes.

Cookery demo with Marian Armitage

Cookery demo with Marian Armitage

11:00am - 12:00pm

Join local award winning cookery book author, Marian Armitage and friends for a cookery demonstration with some traditional Shetland dishes inspired by the sea.

Dim Riv Harbour Tour

Dim Riv Harbour Tour

7:00pm - 7:00pm

Take a tour around the harbour like a viking in the replica longship, Dim Riv.

Maritime day trip to Unst

Maritime day trip to Unst

8:00am - 5:30pm

Take a full day trip to the island of Unst with your own personal tour guide, Marc Chivers.

Swan trip to Whalsay

9:30am - 5:00pm

Take a day trip on the Swan and cruise up the coast to Whalsay. Stop over for a look around the maritime displays in the Heritage Centre before the return sail to Lerwick.

ROV Demonstrations

ROV Demonstrations

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Join Ocean Kinetics staff to explore the seabed around Hay's Dock with a demonstration of the underwater ROV equipment

World Voyages, Reminiscence session

2:00pm - 2:00pm

Were you in the Merchant Navy, or away at the Whaling? Maybe you worked on a fishing boat. Come along and share stories of your adventures with fellow seafarers!

Shetland Boat Week Fjaana

Shetland Boat Week Fjaana

7:00pm - 7:00pm

Stories, songs and images from Shetland's maritime past with members of dialect group, Shetland ForWirds.

Boat Building Workshop for Bairns

7:30pm - 7:30pm

Visit the Malakoff boat building shed and make your own boat!

Traditional Boat Display

12:00am - 11:59pm

Traditional Shetland Boats will be on display at Hay's Dock in Lerwick, and also NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.

At Sea and Ashore: Shetland Fishermen

9:00am - 5:00pm

This exhibition highlights the photography of fishermen living and working in Shetland.

Fairmile D-Class MTB Display

Fairmile D-Class MTB Display

9:00am - 5:00pm

Exhibition of a 1/24th Scale model of a Fairmile D Class MTB along with photographs and other information about this subject.

Map your Journey

10:00am - 5:00pm

Stop along our giant world map and put a pin in the places you have journeyed by boat - whether for work or pleasure. Let's see how far you have travelled!

Traditional Shetland Boatbuilding Project - Sponsored by NorthLink Ferries

10:00am - 5:00pm

Drop by the Shetland Museum Boat Shed to watch local boatbuilders, Jack Duncan and Robbie Tait, as they construct a brand new clinker built fourareen.

Self Guided Tour of Hay's Dock

10:00am - 5:00pm

Collect a guide sheet from reception and take a self-guided tour around the historic Hay's Dock to learn about its fascinating past.

Exhibition of 'North Boats'

10:00am - 5:00pm

Shetland Museum has an impressive collection of photographs and models of generations of ‘North Boats'. A selection of these will be on display in the upper foyer.

Shetland Marine Charters Cruise of St Magnus Bay

10:00am - 2:00pm

Take a cruise round the St Magnus Bay area with Shetland Marine Charters.

Heritage Fishing Shetland

2:30pm - 5:00pm

Unique 2.5 hour fishing trips in the beautiful Scalloway waters. Experience a traditional Shetland boat and fishing methods.

Vaila Mae boat trip

Vaila Mae boat trip

10:30am - 3:00pm

Join our experienced crew for a trip in the sixareen, Vaila Mae, to experience traditional dipping lug sailing.

Row Your Boat

11:00am - 1:00pm

Get out on your own in a small boat around Hay's Dock.

Bressay Boats Exhibition

11:00am - 4:00pm

Outdoor display of Bressay boats used by Bressay folk for work and transport.

Fancy Knotwork Demos with John Jamieson

Fancy Knotwork Demos with John Jamieson

11:00am - 1:00pm

Experienced seaman, John Jamieson, will demonstrate his skills at fancy knotwork and show examples of some of his intricate work.

Laura Kay Boat Trip

Laura Kay Boat Trip

11:30am - 3:00pm

Head out in the Laura Kay, the Shetland Museum's modern built, traditional haddock boat, for a tour around the harbour.

Sumburgh Shipwreck Tour

Sumburgh Shipwreck Tour

12:00pm - 12:00pm

Join one of the visitor guides at Sumburgh Head to hear about the shipwrecks around the Sumburgh coastline.

Ship Bridge Simulator Experience

Ship Bridge Simulator Experience

1:30pm - 4:30pm

Try your hand in the ship bridge simulator at the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.

Row Your Boat

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Get out on your own in a small boat around Hay's Dock.

At Sea' art competition exhibition

10:00am - 5:00pm

Display of primary and secondary age art submitted on the theme of ‘At Sea'. Competition.

ROV Demonstrations

ROV Demonstrations

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Join Ocean Kinetics staff to explore the seabed around Hay's Dock with a demonstration of the underwater ROV equipment

Swan cruise of Lerwick Harbour

9:30am - 12:30pm

Enjoy a half day cruise on the Swan around the Lerwick Harbour limits.

Sailing Skeety Ploots

11:00am - 3:00pm

Make your own ‘Skeety Ploot' boat to sail in the dock!

Line Toss

11:00am - 3:00pm

How are your throwing skills? Toss the line into the target in the dock and win a prize

LHD Netstore tour and demos

LHD Netstore tour and demos

3:00pm - 3:00pm

Visit the LHD net store to see how commercial fishing nets are made. Try your hand at netmending.

Fairmile D-class MTB: An illustrated talk by Charles Grant

Fairmile D-class MTB: An illustrated talk by Charles Grant

7:00pm - 7:00pm

An illustrated talk on design, construction, and development of the Fairmile D Class MTB and combined MTB/MGB by Charles Grant.

Traditional Boat Display

12:00am - 11:59pm

Traditional Shetland Boats will be on display at Hay's Dock in Lerwick, and also NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.

Map your Journey

10:00am - 5:00pm

Stop along our giant world map and put a pin in the places you have journeyed by boat - whether for work or pleasure. Let's see how far you have travelled!

Traditional Shetland Boatbuilding Project - Sponsored by NorthLink Ferries

10:00am - 5:00pm

Drop by the Shetland Museum Boat Shed to watch local boatbuilders, Jack Duncan and Robbie Tait, as they construct a brand new clinker built fourareen.

Self Guided Tour of Hay's Dock

10:00am - 5:00pm

Collect a guide sheet from reception and take a self-guided tour around the historic Hay's Dock to learn about its fascinating past.

Exhibition of 'North Boats'

10:00am - 5:00pm

Shetland Museum has an impressive collection of photographs and models of generations of ‘North Boats'. A selection of these will be on display in the upper foyer.

Shetland Marine Charters Cruise of St Magnus Bay

10:00am - 2:00pm

Take a cruise round the St Magnus Bay area with Shetland Marine Charters.

Heritage Fishing Shetland

2:30pm - 5:00pm

Unique 2.5 hour fishing trips in the beautiful Scalloway waters. Experience a traditional Shetland boat and fishing methods.

Vaila Mae boat trip

Vaila Mae boat trip

10:30am - 1:00pm

Join our experienced crew for a trip in the sixareen, Vaila Mae, to experience traditional dipping lug sailing.

Row Your Boat

11:00am - 1:00pm

Get out on your own in a small boat around Hay's Dock.

Bressay Boats Exhibition

11:00am - 4:00pm

Outdoor display of Bressay boats used by Bressay folk for work and transport.

Fancy Knotwork Demos with John Jamieson

Fancy Knotwork Demos with John Jamieson

11:00am - 11:00am

Experienced seaman, John Jamieson, will demonstrate his skills at fancy knotwork and show examples of some of his intricate work.

Laura Kay Boat Trip

Laura Kay Boat Trip

11:30am - 1:00pm

Head out in the Laura Kay, the Shetland Museum's modern built, traditional haddock boat, for a tour around the harbour.

Sumburgh Shipwreck Tour

Sumburgh Shipwreck Tour

12:00pm - 12:00pm

Join one of the visitor guides at Sumburgh Head to hear about the shipwrecks around the Sumburgh coastline.

Row Your Boat

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Get out on your own in a small boat around Hay's Dock.

At Sea' art competition exhibition

10:00am - 5:00pm

Display of primary and secondary age art submitted on the theme of ‘At Sea'. Competition.

ROV Demonstrations

ROV Demonstrations

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Join Ocean Kinetics staff to explore the seabed around Hay's Dock with a demonstration of the underwater ROV equipment

Sailing Skeety Ploots

11:00am - 3:00pm

Make your own ‘Skeety Ploot' boat to sail in the dock!

Line Toss

11:00am - 3:00pm

How are your throwing skills? Toss the line into the target in the dock and win a prize

Swan Trip round Bressay and Noss

9:30am - 5:00pm

Take a day trip on the Swan and cruise around Bressay and Noss for a very special look at this part of the Shetland coastline.

NorthLink tour aboard M.V. Hrossey

NorthLink tour aboard M.V. Hrossey

10:30am - 10:30am

Step aboard the Serco NorthLink ferry, M.V. Hrossey for a ship-wide tour, including the engine rooms, bridge and car decks.

ShantY Yellmen

11:00am - 11:00am

Da ShantY Yellmen will perform a series of sea shanty tunes in and around the Dock and Boat Shed areas.

Lerwick Lifeboat Visit

Lerwick Lifeboat Visit

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Climb aboard the Severn Class Lerwick Lifeboat, ON-1221 Michael and Jane Vernon, to meet the crew.

Shetland Boat Week Sea Parade

2:00pm - 2:00pm

Watch from Hay's Dock as a procession of sailing, rowing and motor boats gather for a parade through the harbour.

Traditional Boat Display

12:00am - 11:59pm

Traditional Shetland Boats will be on display at Hay's Dock in Lerwick, and also NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway.

Map your Journey

10:00am - 5:00pm

Stop along our giant world map and put a pin in the places you have journeyed by boat - whether for work or pleasure. Let's see how far you have travelled!

Traditional Shetland Boatbuilding Project - Sponsored by NorthLink Ferries

10:00am - 5:00pm

Drop by the Shetland Museum Boat Shed to watch local boatbuilders, Jack Duncan and Robbie Tait, as they construct a brand new clinker built fourareen.

Self Guided Tour of Hay's Dock

10:00am - 5:00pm

Collect a guide sheet from reception and take a self-guided tour around the historic Hay's Dock to learn about its fascinating past.

Exhibition of 'North Boats'

10:00am - 5:00pm

Shetland Museum has an impressive collection of photographs and models of generations of ‘North Boats'. A selection of these will be on display in the upper foyer.

Shetland Marine Charters Cruise of St Magnus Bay

10:00am - 2:00pm

Take a cruise round the St Magnus Bay area with Shetland Marine Charters.

Heritage Fishing Shetland

2:30pm - 5:00pm

Unique 2.5 hour fishing trips in the beautiful Scalloway waters. Experience a traditional Shetland boat and fishing methods.

Vaila Mae boat trip

Vaila Mae boat trip

10:30am - 3:00pm

Join our experienced crew for a trip in the sixareen, Vaila Mae, to experience traditional dipping lug sailing.

Row Your Boat

11:00am - 1:00pm

Get out on your own in a small boat around Hay's Dock.

Bressay Boats Exhibition

12:00pm - 5:00pm

Outdoor display of Bressay boats used by Bressay folk for work and transport.

Behind the Scenes: Shetland Museum Boat Store

Behind the Scenes: Shetland Museum Boat Store

11:00am - 11:00am

Join Shetland Museum Curator, Dr Ian Tait, for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's boat storage facility.

Laura Kay Boat Trip

Laura Kay Boat Trip

11:30am - 3:00pm

Head out in the Laura Kay, the Shetland Museum's modern built, traditional haddock boat, for a tour around the harbour.

Sumburgh Shipwreck Tour

Sumburgh Shipwreck Tour

12:00pm - 12:00pm

Join one of the visitor guides at Sumburgh Head to hear about the shipwrecks around the Sumburgh coastline.

Row Your Boat

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Get out on your own in a small boat around Hay's Dock.

At Sea' art competition exhibition

10:00am - 5:00pm

Display of primary and secondary age art submitted on the theme of ‘At Sea'. Competition.

Cookery demo with Marian Armitage

Cookery demo with Marian Armitage

11:00am - 12:00pm

Join local award winning cookery book author, Marian Armitage and friends for a cookery demonstration with some traditional Shetland dishes inspired by the sea.

Swan cruise of Lerwick Harbour

9:30am - 12:30pm

Enjoy a half day cruise on the Swan around the Lerwick Harbour limits.

Sailing Skeety Ploots

11:00am - 3:00pm

Make your own ‘Skeety Ploot' boat to sail in the dock!

Line Toss

11:00am - 3:00pm

How are your throwing skills? Toss the line into the target in the dock and win a prize

Bairns Knot tying and storytelling

Bairns Knot tying and storytelling

11:00am - 12:00pm

Beginner level knot tying with storytelling by Davy Cooper.

Wootton Lass Cruise of Lerwick Harbour

Wootton Lass Cruise of Lerwick Harbour

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Take a leisurely tour of the harbour aboard the Wootton Lass with Malcolm Johnson.  This boat is suitable for people with disabilities.

Noss Boat Trip

2:00pm - 5:00pm

A delightful three hour boat trip leaving Sandsayre Pier for a cruise up to Noss spotting wildlife on the way.

Sacred Singing with the Fishermen's mission

Sacred Singing with the Fishermen's mission

3:00pm - 3:00pm

Fishermen's Mission Superintendent, Aubrey Jamieson, will lead visitors in a programme of sacred songs.

Sunday Session Aboard the Swan

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Join a selection of musicians and Shetland Boat Week's own storyteller for a session of music and stories aboard the Swan.