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The Original Wildlife Boat Trip around Bressay & Noss, Shetland Islands
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Private Hire/Charter

What It Costs & How To Book

2021 private hire/charter fees are by arrangement – contact us via email or phone – details below.

Email: info@seabirds-and-seals.com OR Tel: +44 (0)759540224 or +44 (0)7818455 76 - also available on WhatsApp: +44(0)7595540224

Expeditions To The Top Of Britain

If you're thinking to take some friends and family on an expedition to Muckle Flugga, which is the northernmost tip of Britain, or to the islands of Out Skerries, Fetlar or Yell – we'll be pleased to help.

Evening Harbour Tours

Evenings are also a great time for a tour as quite often the wind falls flat. We can arrange one-hour or two-hour charters to explore the history around Lerwick harbour and use the lights on our remotely controlled submarine video camera, to explore the underwater life of Bressay Sound.

Sea Angling Trips

With her roomy deck and double hulls, Seabird is an ideal sea angling boat. There's good cod, ling, saithe and pollack fishing within half an hour of Lerwick Harbour. Bring your own gear or use ours. Bait provided.

Subsea Inspection Service

Underwater inspections of ships, moorings, piers, etc., at short notice, at Lerwick or anywhere on the east coast of Shetland.

If you have a problem, check it out first with our ROV and view a digital video of the scene – so when your divers enter the water they can go straight to the cause of the trouble and make the best use of their expensive time.

Weddings, Birthday Surprises & Celebrations Afloat

We enjoy planning charter trips for special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries, surprise treats and retirement parties. Just give us a call and we can talk over your plans for an outing to remember.

Winter Wildlife Excursions

Shetland's winter wildlife is diverse and fascinating. In addition to residents like cormorants, shags, tysties, fulmars and eiders, we can show you great northern divers, red-breasted mergansers, little auks, long-tailed ducks, Slavonian grebes, Iceland and glaucous gulls, lots of wading birds on migration – and always crowds of seals. Oh, and the underwater visibility is actually at its best in winter – when the plankton blooms have died down.

If we have to wait for a 'weather window' we'll put your name and phone number on the standby list and call you as soon as it's possible to sail.

Year-Round Service

We are available for charter all year round for up to 12 passengers (weather/annual repairs permitting), outside our scheduled timetable.


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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