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The Original Wildlife Boat Trip around Bressay & Noss, Shetland Islands
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Tel: +44 (0)7595 540 224

How To Book - Booking Terms & Conditions

Our scheduled Noss Boat Tours operate 7 days a week from April through to October. 

We provide a 2-hour minimum tour which departs at 9:30am and a 3-hour minimum tour which departs at 12:30pm.  Both tours cover the same route with refreshments included at our regular stop, but our 3-hour minimum tour spends just slightly longer time at some locations and includes underwater viewing.   

Our departure & sailing times can be adjusted to suit cruiseship passengers requirements as we understand you have limited availability.  We are also flexible with our timings for any other group bookings - contact us to discuss, contact details below.  

Both our daily tours are dependent on sea/weather conditions.  If we do have to cancel for this reason, we will contact you via your contact number provided upon booking to offer you an alternative time/tour/date for a boat trip with us.  

All Seabirds-and-Seals tours depart from Victoria Pier Slipway in the town centre of Lerwick, 100mm from the Tourist Information Centre at the Market Cross - See Google map below.  

To book, you can simply:

    • Book Online
    • Email: info@seabirds-and-seals.com
    • Contact us via our online contact form
    • Phone us direct on: +44 (0) 7595 540 224 / (0)7818 455 576 or
    • Tourist Information Centre +44 (0) 1595 693434, where staff will advise on seat availability and make a booking for you - they accept cash, card payments and cheque!

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Booking Terms & Conditions - 2021/2022

Payment Methods

CASH - If you have booked directly with us then the preferred payment option is to pay on day of trip as this saves the hassles of issuing refunds if we need to cancel due to sea conditions and unable to get you booked onto another tour during your stay in Shetland, but we do our best to offer an alternative, depending on seats available and of course the weather.  We do not have card payment facility on-board Seabird, but there are 4 sets of cash machines within couple of minutes walking distance from our departure point.

PAYPAL- If you prefer to pay upfront using credit or debit card, we can accept PayPal or you can choose to pay via bank transfer.  If you select to pay by PayPal,  we will issue you with a PayPal invoice when we have received your online booking form.  Once PayPal invoice received, you can then log into your PayPal account to make payment using debit or credit card OR if you don't have a PayPal account, you can still pay by credit or debit card as you can checkout as a Guest at the log-in page. 

BANK TRANSFER - If you select to pay by bank transfer, we will issue you with a company invoice when we have receiced your online booking form.  Once company invoice received - just long onto your online banking to make payment and be sure to quote your surname and invoice number.  

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE - If you are booking through Tourist Information Centre, they will take payment when making your booking.  They accept all types of credit/debit cards, cash or cheque. 


Seabirds-and-Seals reserves the right to cancel, alter or change tour timings at any time.  Should this happen - we will endeavour to give our customers as much notice as we possibly can.  We do sometimes have to cancel due to weather or there can be occassions when we need to amend sailings to make the required minimum number, which is 6 passengers.  Should any of those situations arise - we will do our best to get you re-booked onto a different date/time/tour.  However - if we are unable to offer you any other alternatives - you will be issued with a FULL REFUND.    

If a customer cancels a booking - a refund will be issued if the cancellation was within 24 hours notice prior to the tour departure times. 

In our 'tour descriptions - we ask customers to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to our departure times.  In the event of late arrivals - we reserve the right to maintian our advertised trip departure time and leave without you, which will result in no refunds being issued.  We advise familiarising yourself with our departure location - ahead of your booked tour with us.   

If you booked via the Tourist Information Centre and you qualify for a FULL REFUND - they will issue you with your refund, but you will need to either phone them or go along to get your refund processed.  


While we do our very best to ensure every passenger’s safety, we cannot take responsibility for chaperoning children. Children’s safety is the responsibility of the accompanying parent(s) or guardian(s). We require all children under the age of 5 to wear a lifejacket at all times (provided on board).

Drinking & Smoking

We do not allow drinking of any alcoholic beverage on our daily wildlife cruises.  No smoking inside cabin and not up-wind of other passengers on the deck, and as long as other passengers don’t object.  On our private charters – we do allow responsible drinking, but you must bring your own as we are not licensed to sell alcohol.


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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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