AboveWater/UnderWater Shetland

Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

PO Box 11687, Lerwick, Shetland, Shetland Islands, ZE1 9BB

    Above the water AND below, get the best of both worlds! Join the most experienced Marine & Nature Guide team, Shetlander Alan Longmuir & Biologist Robbi ShoafEnge, on a wildlife boat tour around Bressay & Noss: seals, seabirds & spectacular sea life!

    Above the water and below,  get the best of both worlds! AboveWater/UnderWater tours feature all of Shetland’s coastal wildlife and nature, from seabirds to sea urchins, from cliffs to caves, from grey seals to purple starfish. Join Alan & Robbi, the most experienced Nature Guide team around Noss & Bressay, for an intimate wildlife tour on their classic,  twin-engine motor yacht, the Galathea.

    Choose the cruise that’s right for you: see the sights & hear the sounds with our 3-hour Discovery Wildlife Adventure Tour; for even more seabirds, take a 3½-hour Noss Cliffs Wildlife Tour; pack it all in on a 2-hour Essential Short Cruise Special; or just relax on the water with a 2-hour ‘Simmer Dim’ Evening Cruise. Our daytime tours feature extended underwater viewing with our remotely operated vehicle (ROV) camera. Sit inside our cosy cabin, watching live video on our large screen, while we explore the amazingly rich and beautiful sea life in Shetland’s waters.

    Let native Shetlander Alan Longmuir delight you with entertaining and enlightening stories about Shetland’s nature, geology, history and culture, economics and music. He’s been showing off Shetland’s above-water and underwater wonders since 2001, but since trained Biologist and educator Robbi Shoaf Enge started working alongside him in 2006, has developed a more dynamic understanding of animal behaviour. Robbi specialises in interpretive communication: watch her do gannet sign language or show how velvet crabs protect their mates! You’ll be amazed to hear her stories about the intriguing creatures above and below the waves.

    The Galathea has extra-large windows and a completely enclosed, heated cabin for comfortable and first-class views of Shetland’s coastal scenery, plus an open aft deck with plenty of seating. Hot & cold drinks are available throughout the tour and there are two toilets on board.

    We also offer specialist charters for groups, parties, educational field trips and scientific research.

    Welcome aboard the Galathea! You’ll get relaxed and warm hospitality second to none.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2015
    1 Apr 2015 - 30 Sep 2015


    • Tea & Coffee Available Complimentary hot drinks & biscuits


    • Toilets Toilets on board


    • Waterfront Location

    Special Requirements

    • Families Family rates for two adults and two or more children/yougsters
    • Groups Welcome Group rates for 6 or more
    • Senior Citizens Discounts on most tours for over 60s


    • Children Welcome

    Languages Spoken

    • Swedish spoken

    Payment Methods

    • Cash Besides British pounds, we accept euros and US dollars at the daily exchange rate +50cent (bank fee)
    • Cheque UK cheques only, with valid cheque guarantee card
    • No credit cards accepted We cannot accept cards, but you can pay by card at the Tourist Office


    • Parking Parking is available on Victoria Pier, where we embark/disembark
    • Taxi Rank < 100m from station We embark/disembark right next to the taxi rank

    Road Directions

    Board our boat, the m.v.Galathea, at the slipway in the Small Boat Harbour at Victoria Pier in the centre of Lerwick. There's a carpark on Victoria Pier.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Attraction Entrance

    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Number of steps 3


    • Staff who have contact with visitors have disability awareness training
    • Staff have specialised disability knowledge or skills (e.g. sign language)


    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility
    • There is a visual alarm system
    • There is an audible alarm system

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.


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