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The Original Wildlife Boat Trip around Bressay & Noss, Shetland Islands
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4-Star Bressay & Noss Wildlife Cruises - 3 Hours

Our 3-hour tours operate twice daily seven days a week 10:00am & 2:00pm from April to October - departure is approx15 minutes later as we have our introductions and the all important safety briefing.  Our tour departure times and sailing times can be adjusted to suit specific requirements.  Please contact us with your requirements and we will try out very best to accommodate you and answer any questions you may have.  

Booking in advance is thoroughly recommended for this very popular excursion and we advise you not to leave booking until your last few days in Shetland as we do sometimes have to alter sailings depending on the weather.  This very popular excursion is NOT TO BE MISSED during your holiday in Shetland.  If you read our TripAdvisor Reviews, many have said that our tour has been the hightlight of their stay in Shetland.  

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 a fabulous tour boat as 'Seabird' is a 13.5m twin engine catamaran - a very stable boat being twin-hulled with a very large viewing platform with loads of room for all our guests to move around freely for viewing & photography - as you will see on the video on our homepage.  This is great when it comes to photography opportunities as you don't get in each others line of sight.  

Seabirds-and-Seals offers you the ultimate wildlife experience on our 4-Star tour, we are the original Noss Boat and come highly recommended.  You will get to enjoy Shetland's abundant Seabirds & Seals and the views are spectacular, giving you fantastic photographic opportunities with the awesome Noss cliffs in the background. Millions of years of wind and ice eroded thses ancient desert sandstones into 2km of cliffs, up to 181m high, with thousands of ledges and balconies making perfect nesting sites for our seabirds.  You won't believe how close we get you to the awe-inspiring sights and sounds of this extraordinary seabird metropolis to the 25,000 gannets, thousands of guillemots, puffins, razorbills, black guillemots, gulls, shags and skuas - you really are in for eye-to-eye contact with the blue-eyed gannets. The stupendous roar of the Noss 'choir' is a sound you'll never forget.  We bring fish to allow you to see the spectacular diving gannet feeding frenzy. We sometimes meet porpoises, occassionally whales, otters and dolphins - but no false promises. 


Along the way we have many stories to share about Lerwick's beautiful harbour, Bressay lighthouse, Orkneyman's Cave, the Giant's leg and so much to share about the fascinating coastline of Bressay. When sea conditions allows we take you into the beautiful Orkneyman's cave and if that happens to be our underwater camera dive site for that day we sometimes see plankton, starfish, crabs, sea urchins, sea anemones, soft corals, jellyfish and Shetland's underwater forest of kelp. If we use our other dive site you will get to see the wreck of a barge called the Girdleness that sank in WW II, where again you will get to see crabs, starfish, brittle stars, very colourful sun stars, sea anemones, light bulbs and the occassional curious seal that has been known to try and steal our ROV camera. If sea conditions allows we will sail you through the magnificent Giant's Leg Archway  - which is always a WOW with our guests.  Click on our photo gallery to view many more fabulous pictures from our tours - each gives full details of the different wildlife, underwater adventures and places we take you on our tour.  


We are licensed to take 12 passengers per trip. We have a heated inside cabin with seats for all 12 passengers and a dry space to store baggage.   Toilet facilities are easily accesible on deck, which is a must and most reassuring when out on the water for a few hours and after the most welcoming refreshments we provide at our regular stop.  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.  I will be publishing our Accessibility Guide soon.  

Since taking over the well established business in 2017 and starting our first tours in 2018, we have received the rewards highlighted below - great achievements in only 3 years of taking over the business.  Seabird is the boat of choice for film crews, photographers, tour groups, families, couples and solo traveller's.  


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


The map below shows the route we take, but the tour can change from day-to-day depending on the wind speed and direction - we always steer our course for the most sheltered water.  Our tours are very much weather dependent, that's why when booking we ask for you to provide a contact number so that if we do need to cancel, then we can get you booked onto another tour.  



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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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