The Noss Boat Team Paricipates In Da Voar Redd Up 2024 – 30.04.2024

The Noss Boat Team recently participated in our yearly ‘Da Voar Redd Up’.  All Shetland born and bred, this is a community event that we have been happy to participate in from a young age.  We were allocated the Gulberwick Beach and extremely lucky with mostly sunny spells throughout. 

We filled 14 green bags and all from our Gulberwick beach. Whilst clearing up, we came across a lot of rope & plastic – this is something we unfortunately encounter during our tours throughout the season, which we remove and dispose of responsibly when ashore.  Other finds were: cans, fabric, tupperware tubs, plastic bottles and a brand new shoe.  The shoe looks brand new – anyone missing the black shoe shown in the picture.  We were expecting to find the other shoe and clothes as thought maybe someone had gone skinny dipping – no chance with the waves crashing in and baltic sea temperatures.

We feel hugely satisfied knowing we have played our part in the community to help protect our rich marine environment.

Da Voar Redd Up is the UK’s most successful community litter-picking event, with around 4,500 people (20% of Shetland’s population) volunteering each year. The Redd Up makes a huge contribution to the protection of Shetland’s natural environment and wildlife, clearing Shetland’s beaches, coastlines and roadsides of litter and the debris washed up by winter storms.

Shetland’s amazing community spring clean has been running for over 31 years.  In that time it has cleaned over 1,900 tonnes of bruck (that’s litter or rubbish, for those of you not from Shetland) – we have a saying ‘Dunna Chuck Bruck’. 

The direct community action on the global epidemic of litter shows that anyone make a difference and every piece collected matters.  We hope you are inspired to start your own Redd Up. 




As mentioned in our ‘Name The Puffin’ post on Saturday 30th March, we told you we had another new business development to announce which was ‘Puffin’ related and here we have it, we’re sure you all agree that anything puffin related is simply adorable.
These Puffin Windmill Kits will be added to our already existing FREE Eco-Friendly activity packs which are handed out to each young sailor that joins our Noss Boat Tours. They will be presented in ‘Eco-Friendly’ gift bags with our Original, business branded logo.
The Kits are 100% eco-friendly, children can show of their building skills as they assemble their very own windmill. Once assembled kids can enjoy painting and decorating to their own liking from their very own craft stash, they can let their imaginations run wild…paint, design, create and admire. Once completed they can place them in the garden and watch their wings rotate in the breeze, just like a real bird! Along with our grandchildren’s Easter Eggs sent last weekend, we sent them each a windmill so they could put them to the test and look forward to hearing how they got on.
We hope this new addition blows them away (pardon the pun). We will be curious to know what their finished design looks like, so with the permission of their parents/guardian we will be asking if they can send us photos to share on our social media pages…exciting!
Speaking of puffins, we will be announcing the winner of our ‘Name The Puffin’ competition on Monday 15th April. Therefore, you still have time to enter to win a fantastic prize…A FREE trip for one adult and one under 16 on any of our scheduled 5-Star, Noss Boat Tours. We have loved reading all the entries to date, some very amusing and we wish you all the best of luck. Once our puffin has been named, he/she will be added to our ‘meet the crew’ section on the website, as our mascot of course.
Keep a good sharp lookout for our future announcement about other local sponsorship agreements as well as further news reflecting that we have our hearts in what we do.
Let us tell you more about Baker Ross who is our stockist for this amazing creation.  Great to be onboard and work in collaboration with them, one family run business supporting another.   
Baker Ross was founded over 50 years ago.  In that time a lot has changed -from the range of products they offer to how their customers buy from them (the internet wasn’t even invented back then). 
Reassuringly though, there are quite a few things that haven’t changed a bit.  They are still the same caring, family run business with a passion for helping children’s development with fun and innovative products.  Just like our own family run business, their passion extends to giving their customers outstanding value for money, and customer service that’s second to none. 
Baker Ross are proud supporters of ChildLine and Young Lives vs Cancer.  They offer financial support to their charity partners, so for every windmill purchase from them, we too are helping support their vital work.  
Like our own business they are committed to working responsibly, ethically and sustainably.  By working with responsible partners, they are kind and conscious to the planet.  Customers can trust that their craft kids are made using FSC certified materials and sustainably sourced.  

Name The Puffin – Win A Free Trip For One Adult & One Under 16 – 30.04.2024


In our post dated 28th March, we mentioned that we had a new addition to the business to announce, well this is not it but we are going to share that news before too long and it is ‘puffin’ related. There is other exciting developments to share so watch this space folks.
Brian was gifted last year, a belated present for a big birthday but I won’t say what age, ha. This beautiful stuffed puffin was made by one of our many returning customers who joins us ever year for a few trips during her stay along with her husband. They had booked a few tours with us last year and had planned to present it to him personally but unfortunately had to cancel their trip due to personal circumstances.
Thanks again and you know who you are – we both love our new addition, but we need your help in giving our puffin a name. We are going to run it as a competition and whoever comes up with the best name will win a FREE trip for one adult and one under 16, onboard The Noss Boat ‘Seabird’. Time to get your sailor thinking caps on!
If you would like to enter, please be sure to give our puffin post a like, comment below with your chosen name and we will announce the lucky lucky winner on Monday 15th April. If the winning name we decide on is listed more than once, it will go in the captain’s hat for a draw, fairest way!
Good luck – we can’t wait to see what names appear, this is going to be FUN FUN FUN!!!
Once the winning name is announced – Puffin ? will be added to our ‘Meet The CrewlMascot’ section of our website.
Our newest recruit is in for a lot of love & affection ❤️

Double Finalists – The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards – 21.11.2023


We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted as finalists in two categories at this years ‘The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards’.
The two categories we have been shortlisted for are:
⭐Commitment to the Community
⭐Scottish Family Business of the Year (Micro) – Sponsored by Business Gateway.
We look forward to attending the awards ceremony in Glasgow on 7th December and meeting all the other fabulous Scottish businesses that have been shortlisted – good luck.
We couldn’t be prouder of our team and are so thankful to all of our amazing supporters for making this possible!
You can read more about the awards by clicking on the link below.

Trophy Cabinet Awards Keep Coming – UK Enterprise Awards 2022 – Winners Of ‘Best Wildlife & Photography Boat Tour Company – Scotland’

🌟 We are delighted to share that after being nominated, we have won – “Best Wildlife & Photography Boat Tour Company – Scotland” at the UK Enterprise Awards 2022 🌟.
We informed everyone in a Facebook post on 28th August that we received notification that we had been nominated for yet another award, but wanted to wait until winners published and before receiving our official logo before sharing our wonderful news and absolutely delighted to receive another accolade to add to our trophy cabinet 🏆.
We are absolutely delighted with our many 5-Star TripAdvisor reviews – the world’s largest viewing platform, ranking us as NO.1 in the Isles and leading the way as a top photography and wildlife boat tour operator.
We would like to thank those who nominated us, to all our customers, supporters, followers, friends and family – your support means a lot to us.
This has been an incredibly busy season for SeabirdsandSeals – Original & Best Noss Boat Tours – our busiest to date and our tour season has now come to an end, but we are busy making exciting plans for our 2023 season with many bookings coming in already.
We look forward to welcoming many more passengers on The No.1 Noss Boat as consistently ranked on Tripadvisor and have been for a good while now. 

Record-Breaker Year For Basking Sharks In Shetland Waters

This year is shaping up to be a record-breaker for BASKING SHARKS in Shetland waters. We’ve nearly seen as many this year as we have in the business’s last 30 years of operating around Bressay and Noss.
Back in September we encountered several individuals which gave us amazing views and naturally as a WiSE accredited operator we watched them under a strict code of conduct to avoid unnecessary disturbance, letting the animals come to us rather than us to them.
Basking Sharks are the second-largest fish in the World, with the incredible Whale Shark taking the top accolade of being the biggest.
It truly was a magical day with two full tours and fabulous guests, we were very lucky to be treated to the basking sharks on both tours, plus a minke whale on the final tour of the day but unfortunately did not surface long enough for photography!


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 💓.

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



Scottish Enterprise Awards Winners 2021 – Scotland’s Best Wildlife Boat Tour Company




It has been an incredibly busy few months for us, with holidays and preparing for a busy season ahead, but now time to announce our great news. The judging panel at SME Scottish Enterprise Awards, got in touch to inform us that we have been awarded winners of ‘Scotland’s Best Wildlife Boat Tour Compay’ as shown clearly in our winning logo. We are both proud to be keeping up the many awards Seabirds-and-Seals has historically received.  

Thank you to all our customers and business associates for making us well and truly the Number One boat tour to Noss as ranked on TripAdvisor. Seabirds and Seals goes from strength to strength having been founded nearly 30 years ago back in 1992. The support we have received since we took over the business back in 2017 has been incredible and we cannot wait to get back out on our Catamaran ‘Seabird’ to share our love of Noss with you – oh and there’s a 30th birthday party to enjoy too.

Given the incredible calibre of wildlife boat tour (and indeed land-based!) operators the length and breadth of Scotland, accepting this award is incredibly humbling for us. We would like to pay testament to how well the adventure and wildlife tourism sector across Scotland has coped with the pandemic, and how it has brought so many businesses together, to help each other. and share their common goals for the benefit of customers.

From the bottom of our hearts, thanks everyone!

Marie & Brian