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Seabirds-and-Seals Is The Longest Established Noss Boat Tours(Established 1992) - Ranked No.1 On TripAdvisor
The Original Wildlife Boat Trip around Bressay & Noss, Shetland Islands
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4-Star Early Bird Photography Cruise - 2 Hours Minimum

We offer early bird photography tours for those keen photographers or perhaps as a special occassion.  With our "Early Bird" sunrise cruises you can get that much sort after early morning light at the back of Noss - gives the best light for photography at this beautiful location!  Seeing the birds & cliffs bathed in early warm Shetland light is an absolutely amazing sight.        

This tour is from 5:15am and advertised as Tuesday & Thursday, but may have to be re-scheduled due to weather conditions and is number dependent, so when submitting your online booking it is worth leaving a message stating which other dates you would be available.  We only operate this tour with a minimum number of 8 booked or we can do it as a private charter, just contact us to discuss. We provide refreshments into the tour - good old Shetland water biscuits washed down with fresh filter coffee or tea or juice, all the options available.  We sometimes just have our refreshments at the back of Noss or if time allows we anchor in a small bay and share our knowledge about the surrounding area. 

Just ensure sure that your batteries are charged with getting an early night prior to the tour and of course your camera batteries well charged with plenty of memory, just be sure to bring extra batteries & memory cards.  You won't believe how close we will get you to the awe-inspiring sights and sounds of this extraordinary seabird metropolis - just need to read our TripAdvisor reviews to find out how close our highly experience skipper can get you in, when sea conditions allows of course.  Our catamaran Seabird has a huge viewing platform, giving you the best views and photography opportunities.  There is a dry space inside our heated saloon for you to store any baggage or personal belongings safely.     

You will depart Seabird with the most amazing memories, an appetite for breakfast & a camera full of pictures to share over breakfast and before most of the town has come to life. 

To capture those magical two hours with the best light for photography at this most stunning location - click on the red button below to book one of our 4-Star Tours.  

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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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