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The highlight of your Shetland holiday – our famous Noss boat trip to the seabird and seal colonies – PLUS underwater viewing on every cruise.

‘It is by far the best tour that I’ve done ever anywhere, and it’s not just for birdwatchers or science-minded folk.’– Tripadvisor reviewer, May 2014.

Shetland’s award-winning wildlife adventure cruises around Noss National Nature Reserve and Bressay depart seven days a week from Victoria Pier Slipway, Lerwick, at 10am and 2pm.

  • Duration: three hours.
  • Season: 15th April – 15th September and at other times by arrangement, subject to weather, demand and annual overhaul.
  • 2015 is our 24th season. Since 1992 we’ve carried over 37,500 passengers. A typical comment in our Visitors’ Book is: “The highlight of our Shetland holiday!”
  • In 2001 Seabirds-and-Seals founder Dr Jonathan Wills pioneered underwater wildlife viewing in The Shetland Sea, using video cameras and a remotely controlled mini-submarine, or ROV. This opened up to visitors a rich, fascinating and previously little known part of the islands.
  • This is the only Shetland boat trip to guide you through the entire marine ecosystem, from the “fog” of microscopic plant plankton up to top predators like grey seals and great skuas.
  • Our professional-quality optical microscope and CCD camera are linked to display screens, showing amazing details of the plant and animal plankton sampled on every trip with our plankton nets.
  • Seabirds-and-Seals offers you the best guides, the best boat, the best views and the best value.
  • Over 85% of Noss boat trip passengers choose Seabirds-and-Seals. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so beware of cut-price copycats.
  • Consistently rated FIVE by independent Tripadvisor reviewers, Seabirds-and-Seals is ranked the #1 tour from Lerwick by the world’s biggest travel website.
Find out more about our Cruises around Noss & Bressay
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