Noss & Bressay Wildlife Daily Cruises
About Our Daily Tours- April-October
Cruise Ship Passengers – We alter our daily tours to accommodate your arrival & departure. Please use the ‘Contact’ section on our website to ask us what our altered sailing times are and we will happily accommodate you and answer any questions you may have!
Daily Trips Around Noss National Nature Reserve & Bressay With Underwater Viewing (3hrs) – Departs At 10:15am & 2:15pm (Passenger Check-In 15 mins prior to departure)
Seabirds-and-Seals offers you the ultimate wildlife experience with our two daily 3-hour trips around Noss National Nature Reserve & Bressay, 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 (No False Promises) meet porpoises, occasionally whales, otters and dolphins. View Gallery.
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. Stable platform for viewing with lots of space inside & out to view Shetland’s spectacular seabird & seal colonies. Seabirds-and-Seals takes you really close up to the awe-inspiring sights and sounds (and smells!) of this extraordinary seabird metropolis. 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 doors are not wide enough for wheelchairs.
Weather permitting, you’ll sail close to the magnificent rock arch of The Giant’s Leg and, with our underwater camera, view plankton, starfish, crabs, sea urchins, sea anemones, soft corals and jellyfish in the beautiful Orknis Geo (“The Orkneyman’s Cave”) or on a sheltered reef where fish glide above the kelp forest.
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!
Along the way the way you’ll discover the fascinating coastline of the island of Bressay. The route each day changes, depending on the wind speed and direction – we always steer our course for the most sheltered water.