April to October - Daily Trips Around Noss National Nature Reserve & Bressay With Underwater Viewing
Normally departs at 10.15am & 2.15pm - trip times and duration is 3 hours, but can vary depending on other bookings to suit requirements.
(Pre-booked passengers check-in 15mins prior to departure)
Cruise Ship Passengers / Private Charters – We alter our daily tours to accommodate your arrival & departure. Please contact us for details of any altered sailing times and we will happily accommodate you and answer any questions you may have!
Seabirds-and-Seals offers you the ultimate wildlife experience with our two daily 3-hour trips around Bressay & Noss National Nature Reserve, where you will get to enjoy Shetland's abundant Seabirds & Seals and the views are awesome, giving you photographic opportunities with the awesome Noss cliffs in the background. You won't believe how close we'll take you to the 25,000 gannets, thousands of guillemots and hundreds of puffins, razorbills, black guillemots, gulls, shags and skuas. We sometimes meet porpoises, occasionally whales, otters and dolphins.
Our boat 'Seabird' is a 13.5m twin engine Catamaran, which will get you to the cliffs quickly and so to spend more time with the birds and seals. Seabird has a fine stable platform for viewing with lots of space inside & out to view Shetland's spectacular seabird & seal colonies. Seabird has the biggest viewing platform on the fleet. Seabirds-and-Seals takes you really close up to the awe-inspiring sights and sounds of this extraordinary seabird metropolis.
We’ll sail you through the magnificent rock of the Giant’s Leg. We take you into the beautiful Orkneyman’s Cave. Depending on where our ROV (Underwater Camera) dive site is for that day – we sometimes can see plankton, starfish, crabs, sea urchins, sea anemones, soft corals and jellyfish.
Along the way you'll discover the fascinating coastline of the island of Bressay. The tour can change from day-t0-day depending on the wind speed and direction – we always steer our course for the most sheltered water.
All of the above is subject to weather conditions and migration.
We are licensed to take 12 passengers per trip. Toilet facilities are provided and during the trip we offer tea/coffee/juice & biscuits. Wheelchair users also welcome, but must be able to get out of the wheelchair to access the cabin & toilet as the the doors are not wide enough for wheelchairs.
Live commentary provided throughout the trip and can be heard throughout the boat as we have a P.A System installed, so whether sitting out on deck or inside the cabin – you won’t miss out on any of the information being shared.
Millions of years of wind and ice eroded these ancient desert sandstones into 2km of cliffs, up to 181m high, with thousands of ledges and balconies making perfect nest sites for the seabirds. The stupendous roar of the Noss “choir” is a sound you’ll never forget.
The air swarms with birds: squawking gannets come in to land and display to their mates; serried ranks of squabbling guillemots growl incessantly; great skuas or “bonxies” swoop in piratical raids on nests and chicks – when they’re not forcing adult gannets to crash land and hand over their lunch!
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!!
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!
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.