Join the 4-Star Seabirds-and-Seals Noss Boat Tour, aboard their spacious catamaran Seabird, to experience a real 'Gannet’s eye view' – up close and personal with the birdlife above and the sea-life below.
Daily wildlife boat tours at 10am & 2pm from Victoria Pier, Lerwick - both tours take 3 hours minimum, which gives you plenty of opportunity for wildlife watching and time to take in the stunning scenery.
The tour includes the famous Noss National Nature Reserve and takes you right around Bressay. This amazing experience allows you to enjoy Shetland's plethora of seabirds and seals, as well as spectacular views, giving you fantastic opportunities to see and photograph Shetland’s wildlife against the stunning backdrop of the Noss cliffs. You will get unbelievably close to the awe-inspiring sights and sounds of this extraordinary seabird metropolis, which is home to 25,000 northern gannets, as well as thousands of guillemots, puffins, razorbills, black guillemots, gulls, shags and artic skuas. You will come eye-to-eye with beautiful blue-eyed gannets and immerse yourself in the unforgettable clamour of a thousands-strong 'choir' of different bird calls. The Seabirds &Seals team bring along fresh fish to give you a guaranteed opportunity to see gannets diving. If you’re lucky, you might even see porpoises, or the occasional whale, otter or dolphins – keep your fingers crossed and your eyes open. Every trip is unique.
Along the way, Brian and Marie will regale you with history and folk tales, and share their great knowledge of Lerwick's beautiful harbour, the Bressay Lighthouse, the Orkneyman's Cave, the giant's leg, the geology of Bressay, local history and much more. When sea conditions allow the tour takes you right into the Orkneyman's Cave, which is sometimes used as the site for the tour’s underwater camera dive to explore the waters below you to see plankton, starfish, crabs, sea urchins, sea anemones, soft corals, jellyfish and Shetland's kelp forest. Depending on conditions, other dive sites include the wreck of the Girdleness barge, which sank during WWII. Today the wreck is teeming with crabs, starfish, delicate starfish, colourful sun stars, sea anemones, and the occasional curious seal. Weather permitting, you will sail through the Giant's Leg, a magnificent natural archway.
There are on-board activities to keep younger sailors entertained and when they go back ashore every child will take home a sea-life activity pack. After your trip around the cliffs of Noss, there is a stop for refreshments in a sheltered bay – fresh filter coffee, tea, juice, and biscuits.
On our tours you are in good hands as there are always two experienced crew members. You will be welcomed aboard the Seabird by the skipper, Brian, and guide, Marie, who provides live commentary throughout the tour using their high-quality PA system. Your dedicated guide, Marie, is really knowledgeable on all aspects of the tour, from the wildlife and geology to local and natural history, landmarks and so on. Both born and bred in Shetland, Brian & Marie have a lifetime’s experience and knowledge of the sea, nature and local heritage around them. They deliver fun, personal, informative, and interesting tours to suit all interests and ages.
The Seabird is a 13.5m twin engine catamaran - a very stable, twin-hulled boat, with a spacious viewing platform which allows you to enjoy fabulous 360° panoramic viewing in complete comfort, ideal for the best photographic opportunities. The vessel is licensed to take 12 passengers and there is outdoor seating for everyone and plenty of room to move around freely. There is also a heated, indoor saloon – again with seats for all 12 passengers, as well as a table where you can chat or access the vessel’s small but expertly curated library. There is a fully accessible toilet to ensure your complete comfort throughout the tour. There is also dry storage space inside the cabin where you can securely stow any baggage and belongings.
Life jackets are provided for all. You can borrow binoculars and there are handy laminated identification charts to help you appreciate everything you see.
Seabirds and Seals offer the best boat, best guides, best view, and undoubtably the best value for money. The 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 the most 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.
How to book?
Fares: Adults £55, Under 16s £30
Book online via our website – www.seabirds-and-seals.com/book-online or call us on +44 (0)7595 540224 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also book our tours via the Tourist Information Centre – call +44 (0)1595 693434 or drop in to check availability and book.Website Facebook