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Noss, Shetland Islands

THE NOSS BOAT: DAILY MORNING TOURS with SHETLAND SEABIRD TOURS

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

THE NOSS BOAT - SHETLAND SEABIRD TOURS

The ultimate Shetland wildlife & photography boat experience with Shetland’s only naturalist led, carbon neutral eco-boat tour company. Come & join us for a real 'Gannets Eye View' & see why we are the No.1 boat of choice for major film crews, groups, photographers, families & all who have made us a top Shetland visitor attraction experience. Run by local couple Phil Harris & Rebecca Nason, passionate nature lovers with a wealth of marine wildlife experience, sea-faring experience & the best in customer service!

BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION EXPERIENCE Highlands & Islands Thistle Awards 2022

Best Wildlife Boat Tour Company 2023 - N Scotland Scottish Enterprise Awards

Boat Tour Operator of the Year 2023/4 Scotland - Prestige Awards

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

1 of TOP 10 UK BOAT TOURS 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 - have your very own "Attenborough Moment".

• You’ll see one of Europe’s finest wildlife spectacles, the sight & sound 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 & professional naturalist Phil Harris, with live commentary given throughout your tour suited to all ages. 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 close, inquisitive Grey Seals, which have been following fishing boats through Lerwick harbour for decades, as well as pass slowly by some of Shetland’s iconic landmarks & striking local geology. We are delighted to be Geopark partners, sharing local geological knowledge with all.

• 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 & with no better guide than "Spotter Harris" to experience these ultimate marine mammals. We are also seeing Risso's Dolphin, Minke Whale & even Basking Sharks with increasing regularity.

• 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 new, 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 12 fabulous new Opticron wildlife watching binoculars (sponsored by Opticron) & seabird and cetacean identification charts for all during the tour. 

• Young children are given a free Noss Boat eco-gift bag whilst onboard (worth £6) & we have a range of bespoke Noss Boat clothing & merchandise available for adults & children onboard (see online or on the shop leaflets in each seat pocket).

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

• 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.

From £60 per adult


Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

April — October

Contact details

Shetland Seabird Tours - The Noss Boat

Phil Harris & Rebecca Nason
Victoria Pier
Lerwick
Shetland
UK
ZE1 0EL

Key facilities

  • Parking

Tour information

Starting

  • Lerwick
  • Mainland, Shetland
  • Shetland

Length

2Hours

Transport

  • Boat

Type

  • Bespoke
  • Private
  • Small Group (1-16)

Languages

  • English

Themes

  • Family
  • Film and TV
  • Geology
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Photography
  • Wildlife

Tour prices


From £60 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 Noss Boat

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Shetland Seabird Tours - The Noss Boat

The ultimate wildlife boat experience with the famous Noss Boat, one of Shetland's best visitor attractions. Join us for a real 'gannets eye view' at one of Europe's finest wildlife spectacles around the towering cliffs of Noss, superb photographic opportunities throughout. 1 of Top 10 Boat Tours UK (The Guardian), Shetland's only pro-naturalist led, carbon neutral, eco-tour company. New, comfortable seats with backrests for all, large decking area, toilet. 25,000 nesting gannets, incredible diving feeding frenzy, seabirds, guillemots, puffins & skuas. Close seals & increasing whale sightings!

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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