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The Original Wildlife Boat Trip around Bressay & Noss, Shetland Islands
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Tel: (0)7595 540 224

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Around Bressay & Noss 4-Star Tours

This will be the highlight of your Shetland holiday – our famous 4-Star Noss boat tours to the seabird and seal colonies, our tour is popular with all ages.  Seabirds-and-Seals is the original Noss Boat Tours - we took over the well established business from previous owner in 2017 and if you check out our TripAdvisor/Google Reviews and come on our tour you will find out why so many people rate our tour so highly.  The reviews you read are all from passengers who have been on our tours since WE TOOK over the business.    

We also provide Live Underwater Viewing on our 3-hour cruises only, you can watch one of our fabulous underwater videos by clicking on our blog - we have just started doing a blog this year and plan to share lots of fun information.  The underwater viewing(Could Be Suspended During Covid Restrictions)

Refreshments provided at one of our stops during every trip and we have an easily accessible toilet on deck level  - a must when out at sea and after the most welcome refreshments.

Seabirds and Seals
  • Original Noss Boat Tours - 3-Hourly Twice Daily From April To October & 2-Hour Early Bird Photography Cruise
  • Skipper plus a guide who provides live commentary along the way and gives you full attention throughout the trip
  • Very Popular Live underwater viewing - meaning we get you really close to our wildlife below the water (Could Be Suspended During Covid Restrictions)
  • 4-Star Tour awarded by the Scottish Tourist Board/TripAdvisor 2019 Certificate Of Excellence & TripAdvisor 2020 Traveller's Choice
  • Experience the Noss National Nature Reserve, home to 60,000+ birds in the summer - The huge cliffs tower 180m above the sea
  • Very large viewing platform - Making Seabird boat of choice for film crews, photographers, tour groups & families
  • Seating for all 12 passengers inside heated cabin & out on deck (Could Be Restricted During Covid)
  • Fully accessible toilet on deck level - most reassuring when out at sea
  • Refreshments provided at our regular stop
  • We offer very good value for money as our trip is 3 HOURS and we have fabulous on-board facilities as listed above.
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Our 'Daily Wildlife Adventure Cruises' around Noss National Nature Reserve and Bressay operate seven days a week from Victoria Pier Slipway, Lerwick at 10:00am and 2:00pm - departure approx 15 minutes later and both 3-hour trips.  We ask passengers to check in 15 minutes prior to departure to allow us to welcome you on-board Seabird and to go over the all important safety briefing.  Our tour departure times and sailing times can be adjusted to suit specific requirements, this also applies to group bookings.  Please Contact Us to discuss your requirements. 

We also provide an 'Early Bird Photography Cruise' for the early riser keen to capture the morning light at the back of Noss - absolutely stunning.  This tour operates on Tuesday & Thursday 5:15am - departure approx 15 minutes later - this is a 2-hour trip.  

Season: April - October and at other times by arrangement, subject to weather, demand and annual overhaul.   

NEW FOR 2021 - We have put together an activity to keep our Younger Sailors occupied, all who take part will be entered into a prize draw at the end of our Season.  All young sailor's who come on our tour will receive our Seabirds-and-Seals activity pack to take home.  Skipper Brian has a task for our younger sailors and if you manage to complete his task, you will be rewarded with a certificate at the end of the tour.   

We have bird identidication charts and bincoulars on-board Seabird.  

Seabirds-and-Seals offers you the best guides, the best boat, the best views and most definitely the best value as we offer SO SO MUCH, that's what makes the difference on our fun Bressay & Noss Tours. 

Daily nOSS & bRESSAY  3-Hour Cruises

Early Bird Photography Cruise



Seabirds and Seals

Our Tours

4-Star Early Bird Photography Cruise - 2 Hours

4-Star Early Bird Photography Cruise - 2 Hours

Special tour for those early risers & keen photographers, with our ‘Sunrise Photography’ tours to capture the early morning light at the back of Noss!

4-Star Bressay & Noss Wildlife Cruises - 3 Hours

4-Star Bressay & Noss Wildlife Cruises - 3 Hours

Seabirds-and-Seals offers you the ultimate wildlife experience with our two daily 3-hour trips around Bressay & Noss National Nature Reserve.

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With our experienced Captain, Brian, and knowledgeable naturalist Marie, enjoyed breathtaking views of the Noss cliffs, seabird colonies, the coastline, and seals with the bonus of learning some local history and snagging some very special underwater views. On a cool and windy day on the water, the coffee/tea and biscuits served were a nice touch as well. Can't imagine a better way to see the area and wildlife - or better folks to guide us. The boat was comfortable and provided some protection from the elements as well!!

Diane W

So I was visiting my friends in Lerwick and I had a few hours to spend so inspotted the seabird and seals boat, I approached Brian (owner) and asked if there was room for 1 more and there was. I was told to be at the pier for 2pm, I was and we set sail around 2.15pm, we had a safety brief from Marie and it was very clear but also relaxed. First stop was out to a shipwreck where they anchored and put down an underwater camera so we could see the sea life and the wreck, it was really amazing and you could all see clearly on the two television screens. We then proceeded to see the seals then out towards Noss, I don't want to spoil the trip for anyone but it was fantastic and the best £45 I have spent in a while, included were tea & biscuits as well, we were away from 3 and half hours, great company, great boat and overall fantastic experience, well done to you both.


We were so, so lucky...We started slowly with a fascinating camera exploring the sea life around an old wreck. Then we got serious, out into open water and the spectacularly rugged coasts of the islands of Bressay and Noss...The cliffs of Noss were one of the greatest natural sights I've ever experienced. With the sea hammering us and the captain keeping us steady maybe four feet from the rocks, we were at the base of 592-feet-high cliffs, with 25,000 birds above us, sitting/nesting on every speck of ledge, many diving beak-first at high speed to spear fish, the noise of the birds overwhelming. At one point I wondered what would happen if one bird noticed us and mused, "Fancy a change from fish today?" We were probably there half an hour, and it's a half hour that will live in our memories a long time. Lots still to see after that, including backing up into a cavern in a cliff, and anchoring in a cove for tea, coffee, and biscuits. What an incredible tour!

Nick M

This tour was arranged by our cruise ship and it's a must do for anyone visiting Lerwick in Shetland Islands. We saw such beautiful birds and the two owners were so knowledgeable and friendly. Also rock formations and caves were beautiful. Loved the gingerbread cookies and coffee. Also the views from underwater camera were great!


A belated review from a visit to Shetland in May this year - we had an amazing trip with Brian and Marie round the cliffs of Noss and Bressay. They were both extremely knowledgeable and friendly, seemed to know everything about the wildlife we encountered on the tour, plenty of new things to discover even for someone who grew up in Shetland. we saw grey seals, gannets, great skuas and shags, we couldn't believe how many birds were nesting around the cliffs! The weather was nice enough for Brian to bring the boat right into the Orkneyman's Cave, as well as sending down the ROV to a small wreck at the North mooth of the harbour. would definitely consider taking the trip again, and recommend to both visitors and islanders alike.

Hanson & Louise

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