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We Are Taking Bookings For Our 2021 Season (Our Covid-19 Company Statement may be subject to review as the season goes on, we will update as and when necessary - please check for latest updates prior to boarding 'Seabird'
The Original Wildlife Boat Trip around Bressay & Noss, Shetland Islands
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Welcome Aboard - Noss Boat Tours (4-Star Tour)

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 business from previous owner in 2017 and you will see from our TripAdvisor/Google Reviews and awards detailed at the foot of page, just why you need to take our tour. 

We also provide Live Underwater Viewing on our 3-hour cruises. Refreshments provided at one of our stops during every trip and we have an accessible toilet on-board our Catamaran Seabird - a must when out at sea.

Seabirds and Seals
  • Original & Best Noss Boat Tours - 3-Hourly Tours Twice Daily From April To October (Can be adjusted to suit requirements)
  • Very Popular Live underwater viewing - meaning we get you really close to our wildlife above & below the water (Suspended During Covid)
  • 4-Star Tour awarded by the Scottish Tourist Board & 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
  • Largest viewing platform out of all the tours that go to Noss - Fantastic for photography & walking around
  • Seating for all 12 passengers inside heated cabin & out on deck
  • Fully Accessible Toilet On Deck - Most Reassuring When Out At Sea
  • Refreshments provided at our regular stop
  • We offer very good value for money as we offer more and have fabulous on-board facilities - As listed in bullet points above. This is what makes us different from other tours that go to Noss.
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Our wildlife adventure cruises around Noss National Nature Reserve and Bressay run from April to October and at other times by arrangement, subject to weather, demand and annual overhaul.  We depart seven days a week from Victoria Pier Slipway, Lerwick at 10:15am and 2:15pm - passenger check-in 15 mins prior to those timings to allow us to welcome you on-board Seabird and to go over safety briefing etc..  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.  

Seabirds-and-Seals offers you a skipper plus a guide who provides live commentary along the way and gives you full attention throughout the trip.  We offer the best boat as 'Seabird' is a 13.5m twin engine catamaran which is a very stable boat and out of the tours that go to Noss, Seabird has the largest viewing platform.  This makes our boat the most spacious to allow up to 12 passengers to have the best views and photography opportunites without getting in each others line of sight.  Seabird has been used by photographery groups & film crews nationwide.  

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.  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 are No.1 on TripAdvisor and since taking over the business in 2017, we have received the rewards shown below - great achievement in only 3 years of trading as Seabirds-and-Seals


  • 4-Stars by Scottish Tourist Board ****
  • TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence 2019 
  • Trip Advisor Traveller's Choice 2020


Without a doubt Seabirds-and-Seals offers you the best boat, best guides, best wildlife experience and best value for money as we offer SO MUCH MORE on our daily tours, that's what makes us different out of the tours that go to Noss - click on link below to find out more about our daily wildlife cruises.

Find out more about our Cruises around Bressay & Noss 

How to Book Online

Seabirds and Seals

Our Tours

Sunrise Photography Tour - 2 Hours

Sunrise Photography Tour - 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!

Bressay/Noss Wildlife Cruises

Bressay/Noss Wildlife Cruises

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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