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Common Guillemots
Noss, Shetland Islands © SST


From £50 per adult

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April — October

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Daily MORNING wildlife tours to Noss & around Bressay with Shetland's Premier Noss Boat. Tour is 2+ hours long, designed to maximise your time with wildlife & photographic opportunities. Boarding 09:45am (dept 15 mins later).Victoria Pier, Lerwick.


The ultimate Shetland wildlife & photography boat experience with Shetland’s ONLY naturalist led, carbon neutral boat tour company. Come & join us for a real 'Gannets Eye View' & see why we are the No.1 boat of choice for all major film crews, groups, photographers, families, couples & solo travellers from around the world.

"BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION EXPERIENCE" WINNER: Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2022.

WINNER 2022: "Wildlife Tour Company of the Year - Scotland" Travel & Hospitality Awards

"TOP 10 UK BOAT TOURS" by The Guardian.

• The Noss Boat wildlife tour will include an incredible gannet diving feeding frenzy, our speciality, as used by photographers and film crews from all over the world. The photographic opportunities are second to none.

• You’ll see one of Europe’s finest wildlife spectacles, the sight of over 25,000 northern gannets lining the towering sandstone cliffs of Noss & swirling around the skies above us. 

• You will be guided by our highly experienced skipper & naturalist Phil Harris, with live commentary given throughout your tour. Phil loves nothing more than to be quizzed on his ornithological knowledge, so don’t hold back with any questions!

• You will travel through some of the richest marine environments on Shetland, around Noss National Nature Reserve & Bressay, surrounded by thousands of seabirds, from atlantic puffin, razorbill and common guillemot, to black guillemot, great skua, kittiwake & shag. 

• You’ll see Grey Seals, who have been following fishing boats through Lerwick harbour for decades, as well as pass some of Shetland’s iconic landmarks & striking geology. 

• We are always on the lookout for whales too. With increasing sightings of Orca in Shetland waters, we hope to be able to shout ‘whale!’ during your Noss boat tour. Certainly if they are in the area, you could be on no better boat. 

• Our boat is a fabulous 11.5 metre Redbay twin engine boat, designed & built for wildlife watching at sea & perfect for Shetland waters. Uniquely on Shetland, our boat has 12 fabulously comfortable upholstered padded seats with backrests for all passengers as well as a large decking area for panoramic viewing & photography. 

• There is a TOILET below deck for peace of mind whilst out on the sea & we provide Opticron binoculars & identification charts for all during the tour. 

• Young children are given free SST eco-activity packs upon arrival & we have a range of clothing available for purchase for adults & children onboard. 

• We have teamed up with The Peerie Shop Cafe, Lerwick to offer all our passengers a discount card for 10% off a hot drink or mug of soup post tour!

• We look forward to welcoming you aboard. Come & see why we offer the best boat, the best wildlife experience, the best guides & of course, the best value for money. To avoid disappointment during our busiest times, please do book in advance either via our website booking system, email, phone or through the Lerwick Tourist Office. You will find parking available at Victoria Pier Car Park right next to the slipway we depart from & just opposite Lerwick Tourist Office.

Contact details

Shetland Seabird Tours
Phil Harris & Rebecca Nason
Victoria Pier

Key facilities

Parking Parking
Lerwick Mainland, Shetland Shetland
Bespoke Private Small Group (1-16)
Family Film and TV Geology Outdoor Activities Photography Wildlife

Tour prices


  • £50 Per Adult
  • £25 Per child
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Prices are subject to change depending on season


Tour company information

Shetland Seabird Tours

The ultimate wildlife boat experience with the longest running Noss Boat. Join us for a real 'gannets eye view' at one of Europe's finest wildlife spectacles around Noss cliffs with awesome photographic opportunities throughout. Voted 1 of UK's TOP 10 Boat Tours by The Guardian & Shetland's only naturalist led, carbon neutral tour company. Comfortable, safe boat, padded seats with backrests for all, large decking area, toilet. 25,000 gannets, diving feeding frenzy, many seabirds inc; guillemots, razorbills, puffins & skuas. Increasing whale sightings with your pro, expert skipper & guide.

Opening times

Open 24/7.
Daily Scheduled Boat Tours: 9.45am, 12.45pm, 3.45pm
(no 3.45pm on Mon & Sat).
'Early Bird' Photo Tours: 5.30am Mon & Sat.
Private Photo & Film Tours.
April - October.

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