Our sponsors, collaborating businesses & partners are very important to us & have helped make us the top Shetland boat attraction we are today. We work with the vast majority of wildlife tour companies that visit the Isles, from the UK & further afield, giving independent travel companies the very best of wildlife boat experiences with like-minded naturalists onboard. We work throughout every season with highly acclaimed Shetland born & bred naturalist & professional photographer Brydon Thomason of Shetland Nature, who uses us for all his holiday & bespoke photography itineraries, some co-led by TV presenters & naturalists Kate Humble & Iolo Williams, others by top naturalist & author Jon Dunn. We also regularly partner with professional underwater photographer & marine ecologist Richard Shucksmith for our popular above & underwater bespoke photo experiences. Check out our blog for a host of big names in the global wildlife photography scene who have come to Shetland to join our boat tours & see some of their incredible results!
We are Shetland's premier wildlife boat tour experience, the ONLY naturalist led, carbon neutral, multi-award winning NOSS BOAT. "Best Visitor Attraction Experience" WINNER - Highlands & Islands Tourism Thistle Awards '22
The ultimate Shetland wildlife & photography boat tour experience.
Come & join us in comfort & style & experience one of Europe’s finest wildlife spectacles with seasoned professionals. Voted 1 of the TOP 10 UK Boat Tours - The Guardian & winner of Best Wildlife & Photography Tour Company of the Year 2023" Global LTG
"Anyone visiting Shetland in spring or summer really should book a boat trip with Shetland Seabird Tours" "a knowledgeable & highly respected guide" "very highly recommended" Iolo Williams Naturalist & TV Presenter
Brydon Thomason of Shetland Nature - photographer, naturalist
"It's hard to believe but Shetland's dramatic scenery is almost more beautiful seen from a boat, and on this trip, you travel with the bonxies & the gannets as escort. Not to be missed!" Kate Humble, TV broadcaster & author.
Richard Shucksmith - Photographer & Marine Ecologist
Local Knowledge - World Class Encounters
We can take up to 12 passengers per trip & 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, and sea-faring experience, offering the best in customer service!
We are the longest operating Noss Boat & Crew having been in constant business with the same owners, crew & boat since 2016. Our tours are used by all the major film crews, including BBC Springwatch, Wild Shetland/Maramedia & Nat Geo TV.
Seabird Spectacular & Diving Gannets
We offer a unique, spectacular gannet feeding & diving experience, right alongside the boat. We supply the fish - a large bucket of locally caught mackerel - and give you time! We have a wildlife friendly, gentle pace & make sure you have as much time in the hot spots as we can during your tour. Our gannet feeding frenzy, encapsulating what fishing boats entering the busy northern harbour have done for centuries, is our speciality & the highlight for many. We do not rush our visit to Noss cliffs or time with diving gannets to make sure you get the most of this very special wildlife experience. Have your cameras at the ready!
Daily Noss Boat Tours & Prices
Our scheduled tour prices are kept as low as possible to be as inclusive as possible, we feel the price is incredible value for money at £60 for adults & £25 for under 16’s. Our price for under 16's hasn't changed since we started our business in 2016! We are the only tour that maximises your time with the marine wildlife around Noss & Bressay waters. We are without doubt the best boat, offer the best wildlife experience & the best value for money. Come & join Shetland's premier boat tour company & experience what is often hailed THE holiday highlight!
Being the photographers boat of choice, we also run our original scheduled 'Early Bird' sunrise tours for the best of Shetland's early morning light at the cliffs of Noss. These tours depart on Mon & Sat at 05.45am. with prior booking only (minimum 4 persons).
The Noss Boat - The Ultimate Comfort at Sea
Unique benefit of 12 fully upholstered, brand new, forward facing seats with backrests for the ultimate comfort at sea. It’s a great feature on our tours to have the ability to both sit down in comfort & safety whilst on the water & to be able to move around comfortably on deck. We also have a canvas roof canopy we can take on & off depending on weather. If the weather is mixed, we can keep you warm and dry out of the elements (still keeping the fully exposed large decking area free for photo shoots & panoramic viewing). Every passenger wears lightweight, slim style lifejackets during our tours, with Phil's strong firefighting past, we are very safety conscious! Safety always comes first!
Toilets Onboard - Top Cafe Discount Cards for All
Whales & Dolphins
FREE seabird eco-gift bags for kids - Online & Onboard ORIGINAL NOSS BOAT shop
We have yet again been sponsored by OPTICRON, & have 12 brand new binoculars at hand for all passengers to use in every seat pocket onboard, - a wonderful asset for the 2024 season. We also supply (bespoke!) seabird & cetacean identification charts behind every seat & information on other environmental-based charities & organisations.
Tourism Awards & Accolades
FILM - SUPER GANNETS
The Noss Boat
The Noss Boat - Local Partnerships
Best of the Best
The Noss Boat Crew
Local Family Business
Owned & run by local couple Phil Harris & Rebecca Nason, passionate nature lovers with a wealth of marine wildlife experience, sea-faring experience & offer the best in customer service! Phil Harris is your highly experienced professional skipper, birder, naturalist & wildlife guide on all tours. Rebecca is a professional wildlife photographer, global wildlife photo judge, natural history author & wildlife guide, who joins some of our more bespoke photo tours. They also have a young daughter, Ayda, so have first hand experience in engaging & inspiring the younger passengers & families aboard the Noss Boat.
They have worked "out in the field" for many years, honing their field skills, ready to deliver fun, personal, informative & interesting tours to suit all interests & ages. SST has a responsible, sensitive approach to Shetland's rich marine natural environment & tourism.
Phil was formally a fire fighter (18 years!) & worked on rescue boats at sea, so safety out on the water is paramount to all our tours. All our passengers wear our slimline lifejackets upon embarkation as a standard health & safety procedure, for the duration of all our tours. Phil is the longest serving skipper around the waters of Noss & Bressay - you could be in no better hands. Phil is vice chairman of the Shetland Bird Club, on the Shetland Bird Rarities Committee & active BTO Bird Ringer.
Conservation & environmental education is fundamental to SST companies ethos. We literally live for birds & wildlife & have been on Shetland ‘living the dream’ for nearly 20 years! We have had Carbon Neutral status every year since 2021 & were the first Shetland-based boat tour company to receive both a Silver Green Tourism award & the HITA Best Visitor Attraction Experience award. We are leading the way with our local business model & content, paving the way for others to follow, & have watched a positive rise in greener awareness & attraction experience quality within our catchment area over the past few years - all a step in the right direction!
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