Few years back we started offering special boat trips for those keen photographers or perhaps as a special occassion, with our "Early Bird" sunrise cruises for that much sort after early morning light at the back of Noss - gives the best light for photography at this beautiful location! To capture those golden hours with the best light for photography at this most stunning location, then join Seabirds-and-Seals. Seeing the birds & cliffs bathed in early warm Shetland light is an absolutely amazing sight.
This is a 2-hour tour 5:15am(departure approx 15 mins later) Tuesday & Thursday and as long as we have a minimum number of 8 booked for tour to go ahead.
Come with our Catamaran 'Seabird' for this early start - absolutely spectacular to see the birds & cliffs around Noss & Bressay bathed in early Shetland light. Just make sure your batteries are charged with getting an early night prior to the tour and of course your cameras well charged with plenty of memory. Seabird is a 13.5m twin engine Catamaran, which will get you to the cliffs quickly and to spend more time with the birds for some amazing photography opportunities. 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. Being a catamaran 'Seabird' is a very stable boat and has a huge viewing platform, which makes our boat the most spacious to allow up to 12 passengers the best views and photography opportunities without getting in each others line of sight - the more space the better for those big tri-pods and other photography equipment. There is also space inside our heated saloon for you to store baggage/equipment.
Just be sure to get to bed early the night before to charge the batteries and of course ensure your camera battery is fully charged and remember to take extra batteries & memory cards!
We never have problems filling our two daily tours as they are so popular, but we do ask for this tour that we have a minimum number of 8 booked on, we will do our best to try and accommodate you during your time in Shetland - we just need to have enough interested to go at this early hour. We are also happy to do this tour for private groups by request, which would be a 'Private Charter' - just contact us to discuss your requirements. For individuals/couples/families the fares are the same as our 3-hour tour as we cover the exact same route - only thing we don't offer on this tour is the underwater viewing - meaning we can spend a bit more time at the back of Noss to enjoy the beautiful early morning light.
We will have you back in Lerwick with the most amazing memories, an appetite for breakfast & a camera full of pics to share over breakfast and before most of the town has come to life.
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.