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Whale Of A Time Had By All – Onboard The Noss Boat ‘Seabird’ – 22.07.2022

Happy Saturday and wonder what we shall see out at sea today, you just never know as every trip is unique – always something different to see out there. Yesterday was a very lucky day indeed for our first of 3 private charters with passengers from visiting cruiseship ‘Silver Whisper’. They were lucky to see sightings of the orcas (27’s pod) who put on a grand display, will we be as lucky today….you just never know!
The orca photos and all photos displayed taken by Marie who is Seabirds-and-Seals Co-Owner and Tour Guide.
We were also very lucky to see many puffins flying by the boat, sitting on the water or resting on the lower ledges around Bressay & Noss. We had guillemot jumplings making an appearance on the bare rock ledges out at Noss. As ever the gannets put on an amazing display – diving right alongside our boat and following us up to our refreshments stop at Noss Sound, where we watched further gannet diving in the sound and spotted many other bird species as we enjoyed a hot drink.
On our second charter we had a very keen young wildlife photographer who is going to email us his photos in the coming days…we can’t wait to see and share them.
Whilst Brian was telling stories inside the Orkneyman’s Cave – we admired the shag chicks. We also spotted a keen kayaker who was going to attempt going through the tunnel but he decided against it in the end as very dark and no torch.
Have a fabulous weekend whatever you have planned…over and out from The Noss Boat ‘Seabird’.

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The Noss Boat ‘Seabird’ – Welcomes Simon King Onboard – 22.06.2022

Seabirds-and-Seals is an award-winning business and goes from strength to strength, leading the way as a top Wildlife Boat Tour Attraction.  We are delighted to be working in collaboration with local businesses as well as some fabulous names in the photography/film sector from all over the globe.  We are a ‘Natural’ born and bred Shetland couple….our experience and knowledge of boats, the sea, nature, and local heritage around us is extensive.  Our passengers tell us that our fun, personal and engaging style appeals to all ages and varying interests – always a crew member available on deck delivering a professional service and answering any questions.  What better boat to showcase this all on than ‘The Noss Boat – Seabird’, which hosts a huge viewing platform all on one level – allowing everyone to enjoy fabulous 360° panoramic viewing.  This is an ideal boat for everyone to move around comfortably to get the best action shots – free as a bird.  Plus the comfort of the inside heated cabin, should anyone need to shelter from the elements.

Simon King is a world renowned Naturalist and wildlife film maker – we loved watching his ‘Shetland Diaries’ series and other productions.  He has worked on countless productions as presenter, producer, director and cameraman.  Productions include Big Cat Diary, Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, Countryfile, Blue Planet, Planet Earth and much more.  

Simon has been coming to Shetland for years now and his films have put Shetland on the bucket lists of ecotourists all over the world – it is so great to have him back on the Island and working in collaboration with Seabirds-and-Seals for the 2022 season to offer bespoke tours to his many fabulous guests.  We look forward to working with him for many years to come.  

Quoted by Simon King following a bespoke tour with partner Kim and guests on Monday 20th June:
Thank you so much for two super runs to Noss over the past couple of weeks. All guests were thrilled by the trips and very impressed by you and Brian’s geniality, knowledge and humour”. 

To learn more about Simon’s early life, his many awards and much visit:










30th Anniversary Passengers – 07.05.2022

Our 30th Anniversary passengers agreed to have a photo at the end of our morning tour on Saturday 7th May. All had a great time and delighted to each receive a £30 gift voucher to use on a future tour. We also had two couples on honeymoon, so each were presented with a bottle of bubbly to celebrate.
We then went on to have an evening of celebrations with crew over the years, family and friends at the Shetland Hotel – a fabulous day celebrating 30 Years Of Seabirds-and-Seals ‘The Noss Boat’.  
Dr Jonathan Wills who founded the business, is standing 2nd in from the left.

30 Years Of Seabirds-and-Seals EST 1992 – 7th May 2022

Saturday 7th May 2022 – what a very special day it was as we marked 30 Years Of Seabirds-and-Seals. We would like to thank all customers over the years and to everyone who has joined our tours so far this season and to everyone who has supported the business in any way at all. We look forward to welcoming many more passengers.
We had a full 3-hour morning tour on the day of our Anniversary and a great time had by all.  We left the afternoon as an open boat and had many many visitors hop aboard to join in on the celebrations.  We then met with crew over the years, family and friends at the Shetland Hotel in the evening for further celebrations.  It was a magical day and an event that couldn’t pass without celebrations. 
If anyone has photos or stories from a Seabirds-and-Seals Noss Boat Tour – feel free to share on our Facebook page or email to:
Here’s a selection of photos from over the years – enjoy!

Fabulous Gannet Action During Our Daily Wildlife Noss Boat Tours – Published 02.05.2022



Seabirds-and-Seals celebrates 30 Years on Saturday 7th May. Anyone already booked or who books that day, will receive a £30 gift voucher to use on a future tour.  Dr Jonathan Wills, Marie, Brian and the rest of the team, would like to say a huge huge thank you to all our customers and to everyone who has supported the business over the past 30 years. If you see us at Victoria Pier on 7th May, hop aboard to join in on the 30th Celebrations!
We look forward to many more fabulous years, welcoming many more passengers onboard Seabird and showcasing all Lerwick’s beautiful harbour, Bressay and Noss has to offer 💓.


Sharing some photos taken by Bob Kerr who assists Lerwick Lifeboat Station with their social media listings and news.  We were invited to assist Lerwick Lifeboat with a towing exercise on the evening of Thursday 14th April and it was our pleasure as always.  This training exercise provided valuable experience for all crew, allowing them to practice important skills such as safely attaching tow lines, taking a boat under tow and manoeuvring a boat without power alongside a safe berth in the harbour . 

Come July it will be two years since Lerwick lifeboat crew members celebrated the 90th anniversary of the station’s first lifeboat ‘The Lady Jane & Martha Ryland’.  The 51ft ‘Barnett-class’ lifeboat was named by the Duchess of Montrose in June 1932 as a crowd of over 2,000 people looked on.  With two 60-horsepower petrol engines, and a top-speed of just under nine knots, the Barnett-class was the most powerful RNLI lifeboat in production at the time.

The above named lifeboat was then replaced with another Barnett-class lifeboat (Mk II) – ‘The Claude Cecil Staniforth’, which arrived in Lerwick in 1958 and remained in service for 20 years until 1978.  This was then replaced with Arun-class lifeboat ‘Soldian’ which serviced from 1978 until 1997, when the current Severn-class ‘Michael and Jane Vernon’ took up service.

The current 17-metre (56 feet) all-weather lifeboat is the largest and most powerful in the RNLI’s fleet, with two “MTU” engines that produce up to 1600 horsepower, a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 nautical miles.

Over the years, the many coxwain’s and volunteer crews of Lerwick Lifeboat have been decorated for several extraordinary rescue operations, they have won many awards for their outstanding bravery, saving over 800 lives.  Their service has been recognised with 62 RNLI Gallantry Awards.    

The RNLI is a charitable organisation and with water all around our islands, they need all the support they can get.  The Lerwick Lifeboat Station has a shop which can be accessed via Commercial Street.  You can pick up the perfect gift or souvenir, they have homewares, clothing, tasty treats, toys, greeting cards and much much more.  The shop is run by volunteers, and all profits help save lives at sea.

#RNLI #savinglivesatsea #respectthewater #lerwicklifeboat



Today we were delighted to welcome our first passengers for our #30yearsatnoss 2022 boat tour season and what a fabulous start with happy passengers who never stopped clicking away at their cameras, fantastic feedback received by all before stepping ashore.
We saw many seabirds and seals, beautiful blue-eyed gannets diving and encircling around out Noss Boat ‘Seabird’.
On our afternoon 3-hour tour, we launched our ROV mini submarine to explore around a shipwreck – beautiful sunstar, sea urchins, sea anemones, Shetland’s kelp forest and information shared by Brian about the shipwreck itself.
We are excited to be back on the water showcasing all Lerwick harbour, Bressay & Noss has to offer, sharing our knowledge, passion and looking after our customers which is our top priority to ensure all interest/ages catered for. We look forward to getting you up close and personal to the awe-inspiring sights/sounds of this extraordinary seabird metropolis, which is home to 25,000 Northern gannets and thousands of other seabirds towering the sandstone cliffs of Noss National Nature Reserve. We also delight in sharing our knowledge on the history, geology, folklore and much more as we cover our cruising route.
It was chilly out there today, so the indoor heated cabin and warm drinks were most welcoming, whilst still being able to experience further wildlife and photography opportunities.
We will sleep like a log tonight after all that sea air, but tomorrow’s another day with two trips. Our morning tour is fully booked but still some spaces remaining on our 12:30pm 3-hour minimum tour.
Join us on our daily Noss Boat Tours, described by many in our NO.1 TripAdvisor and Google reviews as ‘A Real holiday Highlight’.
We are also wheelchair accessible, to ensure everyone has the opportunity to experience nature.

Noss Boat – WiSe Scheme Accreditation March 202

WiSe Scheme Accreditation
Delighted as the NO.1 Noss Boat to receive WiSe Scheme Accreditation.

As the No.1 wildlife boat tour to Noss, we are thrilled to have received accreditation to The WiSe Scheme – the UK’s national training scheme for minimizing disturbance to marine wildlife.

As WiSe members we commit to abide by not only national and local laws on wildlife conservation and disturbance avoidance, but also the WiSe Codes of Conduct.

A few examples of our responsibilities, include slowing down to a speed of 6 knots or less when approaching cetaceans a kilometre away, limiting our encounter time with cetaceans to a maximum of 15 minutes and approaching cetaceans in a pre-determined and responsible manner.

WiSe is not an award as such – it involves attending an online course during March and over a couple of evenings to gain accreditation. We thoroughly enjoyed it, wholeheartedly recommend it and urge all other marine wildlife tour operators to do the same – more information at


Competition Time – Celebrating 30 Years Of Seabirds-and-Seals

Celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories & Seabirds-and-Seals 30th Birthday Celebrations by entering our short story COMPETITION!

The competition is open to both adults and children (15 years and under) who have visited and explored Noss National Nature Reserve – on foot or by boat.

We invite you to write a short story about your adventure and potentially WIN some amazing prizes…See further below.

Please send your story (max 2,000 words) along with any pictures you wish to share, via email to: before 24th April 2022.

Good Luck!


Winning Stories By Adults

1st Prize:

Seabirds-and-Seals Noss Boat Gift Voucher For 2.

(This could be for 2 adults or 1 adult & 1 under 16 – winner chooses.

2nd Prize:

£50 Fjara Cafe Bar Gift Voucher – Kindly donated by Fjarå Cafe Bar

3rd Prize:

Signed Copy of ‘Seabirds and Seals’ written by founder of the business – Dr Jonathan Wills.


Winning Stories By Children (Aged 15rs and under)

Age 5-7:

Free Trip Aboard Seabirds-and-Seals Noss Boat With Accompanying Adult

Age 8-11:

Free Trip Aboard Seabirds-and-Seals Noss Boat With Accompanying Adult

Age 12-15:

Free Trip Aboard Seabirds-and-Seals Noss Boat With Accompanying Adult