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The No.1 Noss Boat: EARLY BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR with Shetland Seabird Tours

From £45 per adult

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April — October

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The ultimate Shetland wildlife boat experience. The No.1 Noss Boat tour & Shetland's only naturalist led, boat tour company. EARLY BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP TO NOSS: 05.30am from Victoria Pier, Lerwick. 2.5 hours. Booking Essential, Mon,Wed,Sat.

The first of it's kind in Shetland, in 2016 we started offering special boat trips for those 'early risers', with our "Early Bird" sunrise cruises for that much sort after early morning light at the back of Noss! Come capture those golden hours with the best light for photography at this location. Just wonderful to see the birds & cliffs bathed in early warm Shetland light. We'll have you back in Lerwick with great memories & a camera full of pics before breakfast & before most of the town has stirred into life! Just don't forget to take extra batteries & memory cards!

• 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 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 encounter very close 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 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. 

• Under 16’s are given a free eco-kids seabird activity pack upon arrival & we have a range of clothing available for purchase for adults. 

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.

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

Shetland Seabird Tours
Phil Harris & Rebecca Nason
Victoria Pier

Key facilities

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

Tour prices


  • £45 Per Adult
  • £25 Per child
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Prices are subject to change depending on season


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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. We are 1 of UK's TOP 10 Boat Tours (The Guardian) & Shetland's only naturalist led, carbon neutral tour company. Comfortable, safe boat, upholstered 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.
Cruise Ship Days: extra tour at 3.45pm (see online booking calendar).
Early Bird Tours: 5.30am Mon, Wed, & Sat.
April - October

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