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Seabird at Noss

No.1 Noss Boat - PRIVATE WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS WITH SEABIRDS-AND-SEALS

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April — October

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Join us for a special, bespoke photography trip outside of our usual scheduled boat tours. Marie & Brian are happy to help you plan a trip to suit your requirements. Suitable for amateur or professional photographers.

Please get in touch with us to plan your bespoke photography trip.

Come and join us Marie & Brian for THE ultimate Shetland wildlife boat experience with our 4-Star Seabirds-and-Seals tours. We are also TripAdvisor's 2021 Travellers' Choice. Join us and find out for yourselves why we are the boat of choice for all major film crews, tour groups, photographers, families & why we are Ranked No.1 on TripAdvisor.

• Seabirds-and-Seals is a well-established award-winning business, founded in 1992 by naturalist Dr Jonathan Wills, making it the original & longest established Noss Boat Tour Business.  Brian has been actively involved with this award-winning tour company since it started up in 1992. In 2017 we bought the business and continued the good work that Jonathan had been doing for years. 

• A new series of TripAdvisor/Google Reviews, started when we began our very busy first season in 2018, all extremely positive and show just how popular our fabulous tours are, after all these years! We are delighted to be keeping up the many awards Seabirds-and-Seals has historically received. After just one full season we were awarded the Scottish Tourist Board 4-Star distinction and TripAdvisor’s Certificate Of Excellence. Our tours consistently generate awesome reviews, leading to TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award in 2020 and again in 2021.

• We give you a full tour around Bressay & Noss. The views along the way are awe-inspiring. You will marvel at the stupendous cliffs, coves & caves. This amazing experience allows you to enjoy Shetland's plethora of seabirds and seals, providing you with spectacular views and giving you fantastic opportunities to see and photograph Shetland's wildlife against the stunning backdrop of the Noss cliffs. This really is one of Britain's very finest wildlife spectacles! You will get unbelievably close to the breath-taking sights and sounds of this extraordinary seabird metropolis - home to 25,000 Northern gannets, as well as thousands of other seabirds lining the towering (180m high) sandstone cliffs of Noss National Nature Reserve. Along the way, we will regale you with local history & folk tales and share our in-depth knowledge of Lerwick's beautiful harbour, the Bressay Lighthouse, the Orkneyman's Cave, the giant's leg and the striking geology of Bressay & Noss.

• When sea conditions allow, we sail you through the magnificent giant's leg. This is always a WOW! with our guests. We also take you into the beautiful Orkneyman's cave, a common 'dive' site for our underwater camera. We can see plankton, starfish, crabs, sea urchins, sea anemones, soft corals, jellyfish and Shetland's underwater forest of kelp. Another favourite site is the wreck of a barge called the Girdleness that sank in WW II, where we see crabs, starfish, brittle stars, very colourful sun stars, sea anemones and light bulbs sea squirts. We've even had the occasional curious seal try and steal our ROV camera!

• We take fish on our tours to allow you to get spectacular shots of the incredible gannet diving feeding frenzy - a great highlight on all our tours.

• Our tours are very family friendly and tailored to suit all interests/ages. We have many on-board activities to keep our younger sailors entertained and each receive a FREE sealife activity pack to take home.

We always have TWO CREW in the interest of safety, passenger comfort and welfare, as well as to provide you with a richer experience. You're in very safe hands with highly experienced skipper Brian, who also does some guiding. He has a lifetime of experience around our Shetland waters. Marie provides live commentary throughout the tour with our high quality PA system. She has a wealth of knowledge to share and welcomes any questions you may have.

 • Both born and bred in Shetland, we each have a lifetime's experience and knowledge of the sea, nature & local heritage, so we can look after your every need to ensure you are having a fabulous experience on-board our very comfortable & spacious catamaran 'Seabird'. We deliver fun, personal, informative & interesting tours to suit all interests & ages

• You’ll encounter Grey Seals so close you can count their whiskers. They're always on the lookout for a free meal and like to follow all the local fishing boats as they pass through the Lerwick harbour and they usually follow our tours as we make our way through the harbour.

• If you are extremely lucky, you may spot dolphins, porpoises or whales, but this is not guaranteed on any of our tours, just a case of luck on the day. We have so much enthusiasm for cetaceans and with the sharp eyes of two crew - we are always on the lookout. If we are lucky enough to spot them and with Seabird's very large viewing platform, you could be on no better boat to view them. When viewing marine animals - we fully adhere to ‘Nature Scot Marine Code Of Conduct’.  

• Our boat Seabird is a 13.5 metre twin engine catamaran - a very stable boat being twin-hulled. It has a very spacious viewing platform, as shown on our website homepage video. This allows you to enjoy fabulous 360 degree panoramic viewing in complete comfort, ideal for the best photographic opportunities. We are licensed to take up to 12 passengers. There is ample room on deck for all 12 passengers to sit, stand or move around freely without being confined to a seat or one space. You are always sheltered - Seabird has a partial canopy covering in the outside seating area or you could choose to shelter inside our heated cabin, which has further seating for all 12 passengers. There are viewing windows to give you further 360 degree panoramic viewing. There also is a table where you can chat or access Seabird's small but expertly curated library.

• We stop off in a tranquil little bay for FREE refreshments, which offers loads of wildlife opportunities and a time to socialize – all passengers find this a truly magnificent highlight on our tours. We cater for dietary requirements, just let us know at time of booking and do let us know if it’s a special occasion as we will push the boat out – pardon the punch!

• We have a fully accessible toilet ON DECK LEVEL – which is always a must when out at sea, and especially after those welcoming refreshments.

• We provide binoculars & seabird/cetacean identification charts for everyone during the tour.

• Tours run from April through to October

• We look forward to welcoming you aboard 'Seabird'. Come & see why we offer the best boat, the best views, the best wildlife experience, the best guides & of course, the very best value for money - we OFFER SO MUCH on our tours. This is what makes the difference on our daily Seabirds-and-Seals Tours - the highlight of your stay in Shetland.

Our very comfortable & spacious Catamaran 'Seabird' is wheelchair accessible and the ideal boat of choice for anyone with mobility issues. Check out our published Accessibility Guide

To avoid disappointment during our busiest times, please do book in advance. Our tours are extremely popular, so booking in advance is recommended. Don't leave until your last day in Shetland, as we do sometimes have to cancel due to the weather. You can book either via our easy-to-use website booking system: https://www.seabirds-and-seals.com/book-online OR email: info@seabirds-and-seals.com OR phone (+44)7595540224 or through the Lerwick Tourist Office(+44)1595 693434.

You will find parking available at Victoria Pier Car Park right next to the slipway. We depart from just opposite the Lerwick Tourist Office.

Any questions, please just call Marie or Brian on the number above or drop us a line.


COVID-19 information

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

Contact details

Seabirds-and-Seals
Marie & Brian Leask
Victoria Pier
Lerwick
Shetland
Scotland
ZE1 0EL

Key facilities

Parking Parking
Disabled Access Level Access
Starting
Lerwick Mainland, Shetland Shetland
Length
½
Day
Transport
Boat
Type
Bespoke Private Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English
Themes
Adventure Family Photography Wildlife

COVID-19 facilities

  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Clear signage
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Face masks available for visitors
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to visitors & staff
  • Online booking possible
  • Outside seating
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

Attractions

Tour company information

Seabirds-and-Seals

Seabirds-and-Seals offers you the ultimate wildlife experience with their daily 4-Star trips around Bressay & Noss National Nature Reserve. You will get to enjoy Shetland’s abundant Seabirds & Seals, the views are awesome giving you photographic opportunities with the stunning Noss cliffs in the background. You will get real close to the 25,000 gannets, thousands of guillemots, hundreds of puffins, razorbills, black guillemots, gulls, shags and skuas. We sometimes(No False Promises) meet porpoises, occasionally whales, otters and dolphins. Underwater Viewing - available on 3hour tours only.

Opening times

0pen from 5am - 10pm 7 days a week from April - October

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