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The Original Wildlife Boat Trip around Bressay & Noss, Shetland Islands
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4-Star Bressay & Noss Wildlife Cruises - 2 Hours Minimum

We operate this tour daily seven mornings a week from April to October – departing promptly at 09:30am from Victoria Pier, Lerwick. We ask you to arrive at least 10 minutes before sailing time so we can complete our welcome and safety briefing before leaving the harbour. 

Our tours always have a minimum of two crew for safety, passenger comfort and welfare, as well as to make sure you have a really great experience with us. Marie provides live commentary over our high-quality PA system and gives you her full attention throughout the tour. She’s very knowledgeable and can answer your questions on the wildlife, geology, local history, landmarks and folklore. All our tours include light refreshments.

'Seabird' is licensed to carry 12 passengers. Because she’s a catamaran there’s a very wide and spacious viewing platform so you can enjoy 360° panoramic viewing in complete comfort. This is the ideal boat for the best photographic opportunities, with room to sit, stand or move around – free as a bird! There’s seating on deck for all, but if you prefer to be inside our heated saloon you’ll still have panoramic views. You can sit around the cabin table to chat, or browse our small but informative ship’s library. There’s a toilet on deck level, most reassuring after the welcoming drinks at our refreshment stop. There’s also dry storage space inside the cabin where you can securely stow any baggage and belongings, accessible at all times throughout the trip.

 

The tour takes you right around Bressay & around the cliffs of the famous Noss National Nature Reserve.  On this amazing wildlife experience you will get to enjoy Shetland's plethora of seabirds and seals, as well as spectacular views, giving you fantastic opportunities to see and photograph Shetland's wildlife against the stunning backdrop of the Noss cliffs.  You will get unbelievably close to the awe-inspiring sights and sounds of this extraordinary seabird metropolis, which is home to 25,000 Northern gannets, as well as thousands of guillemots, black guilldemots, puffins, razorbills, gulls, shags and skuas.  You will come eye-to-eye with beautiful blue-eyed gannets and immerse yourself in the unforgettable clamour of a thousands-strong 'choir' or different bird calls - a sound you'll never forget.  We bring along fresh fish to give you a guaranteed opportunity to see gannets diving.  Keep your fingers crossed & your eyes peeled - If you're extremely lucky, you might even see porpoises, or the occassional whale, otter or dolphins.  Every trip is unique - leaving you with many happy memories of Shetland. 

 

Along the way, Brian and Marie will regale you with history and folk tales, and share their great knowledge of Lerwick's beautiful harbour, the Bressay Lighthouse, the Orkneyman's Cave, the magnificent giant's leg, the geology of Bressay, local history and much more.  When sea conditions allows the tour takes you right into the beautiful Orkneyman's Cave and sail 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 and places we take you on our tours. 

There are on-board activities to keep younger sailors entertained and each child gets a FREE sea-life activity pack to take home.

After your trip around the cliffs of Noss, there is a stop for refreshments in a tranquil little bay, with plenty of opportunities for wildlife watching and an opportunity for everyone to socialize with the engines turned off.  At our refreshments stop we provide fresh filter coffee, tea, juice, and a selection of biscuits.  Dietary requirements catered for, just tell us at the time of booking and please do tell us if you are celebrating a special occassion - we will push the boat out for you (pardon the pun).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reviews

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.

Wendy

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!

Elly

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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