Our boat Seabird is a 13.5m twin engine catamaran (both 370 horsepower) - a very stable boat, being twin-hulled. It is fully coded and in ship-shape condion with all the necessary safety equipment on-board. It has a very spacious viewing platform, as shown on our homepage video. This allows you to enjoy fabulous 360° panoramic viewing in complete comfort, ideal for the best photographic opportunities. We are licensed to take up to 12 passengers with lifejackets made available for all ages before embarkation. There is ample room on deck for all 12 passengers to sit, stand or move around freely without being confined to a seat or one space. We have an indoor heated cabin, which has further seating for all 12 passengers and viewing windows to give you further 360° panoramic viewing. There is also a table where you can chat or access Seabird's expertly curated library.
Seabird offers an ideal solution whether you are heading out on a tour as an independent traveller, with your family and friends, or looking to organise a bespoke experience for a tour group or a professional film crew. Brian is a very experienced Shetland skipper operating around Noss. He has a wealth of knowledge about local waters that can only be gained through a lifetime’s experience. His experience and masterful boatmanship guarantee you will always have the best and safest trip possible in any given sea conditions.
The heated indoor saloon has seating for all 12 passengers. There are viewing windows to give you further 360° panoramic viewing. There is also a table where you can chat or access Seabird's expertly curated library. You will find binoculars available to borrow, along with seabird/cetacean identification charts for everyone during the tour.
Extremely spacious large aft deck with table/bench seating and fold down seats under the canopy - plenty of seats for all 12 passengers and crew members. You are always sheltered on-board Seabird- we have a fixed partial canopy covering in the outside seating area, leaving the rest of our spacious platform free, for viewing & photography.
Fully accessible toilet on deck level and fully equipped with toilet paper, disposable bags/bin, hand sanitizer, and paper towels. A toilet is very much a MUST when out at sea, and especially after those welcoming refreshments (see below heading for wheelchair users).
Seabird is fully coded and in ship-shape condition with all the necessary safety equipment on-board. Lifejackets provided onboard for all ages and will be demonstrated during our safety briefing prior to departure, therefore we ask that you arrive promptly - 10 minutes before our scheduled departure sailing times!
Wheelchair users welcome but we must inform you that the toilet door and saloon door are too narrow for the wheelchair to enter, therefore you must be able to get out of the wheelchair to access. If you let us know in advance of any mobility problems or any other requirements, we will be more than happy to make arrangements where we can and at no extra charge to ensure you enjoy your cruise with Seabirds-and-Seals. Seabird is the ideal boat for anyone with mobility issues - Please check out our published Accessibility Guide.
Just Call Marie or Brian on +44 (0) 7595 540 224 to discuss your requirements!
Brian & Marie are very excited about their future on-board Seabird - next year (2022) along with founder of 'Seabirds-and-Seals' Jonathan Wills - they look forward to celebrating 30 years of the business as it has had 30 continuous years of trading under the name 'Seabirds-and-Seals'. Brian & Marie look forward to welcoming many passengers onboard and showcasing all Shetland has to offer on their very spacious & comfortable Catamaran.
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!!
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!
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.