The ultimate Shetland wildlife experience

We offer an unrivalled wildlife spectacle, close encounters & photographic opportunities with the awesome Noss cliffs backdrop. Join us for a real 'Gannet's Eye View'! Our main focus is on the incredible sight of over 25,000 gannets & numerous other seabirds around the cliff of Noss National Nature Reserve, culminating in a gannet feeding frenzy as well as close encounters with some very engaging local Grey Seals. We proudly offer you, the BEST boat, the BEST guides, the BEST wildlife experience and of course, the BEST value for money. Come and join us and find out why we are #1 on TripAdvisor, have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2018 & were recently shortlisted in the prestigious RSPB Nature Tourism Awards 2017.

SPECIAL CRUISE SHIP TRIPS - We run extra tours on all Cruise Ship days to ensure that cruise ship visitors to Shetland have the opportunity to come & join us on a tour well within the timings of their own cruise ship arrivals & departures.

The Noss Wildlife Cruiser

Very comfortable, bespoke wildlife rib cruiser, partial canopy cover (removable), room to stand, photograph & enjoy. Our boats low position in the water is perfect for viewing & photographing wildlife. Our boat is an ideal wildlife watching boat, with 14 comfortable, upholstered, forward facing seats, backrests and pockets with Opticron binoculars for all passengers. Our large, unrestricted decking area gives everyone opportunity to enjoy 360 degrees panoramic viewing!

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellent 2019

Shetland Seabird Tours Noss Boat Trips filmed by BBC Springwatch 2018
Shetland Seabird Tours Noss Boat Trips filmed by BBC Springwatch


Highly experienced, ornithologist, skipper & guide on all trips - Phil Harris. Both Phil & Rebecca are professional ecologists, birders & naturalists have been on the wildlife tour guiding scene together since 2005. They have worked "out in the field" for many years, honing their field skills, ready to deliver fun, personal, informative & interesting boat tours to suit all interests & ages. We are the only naturalist led boat tour company on Shetland.


Boat tour includes comfortable cruise out to Noss NNR internationally famous seabird cliffs via Lerwick Harbour & Bressay lighthouse to enjoy Shetland's numerous seabirds & seals, scenic views & geology. We visit the Orkneyman's Cave & the Giant's Leg! Come and experience the sights, smells and sounds of one of the UK's top Seabird Cities! We are of course always on the look out for otters and marine mammals too and are often in the perfect location to find, ID and watch those much sort after cetaceans (see out photo gallery, Orca & Minke Whale madness!). Depending on the weather conditions we circumnavigate Bressay, coming back into Lerwick from the North.

Small groups

Maximum 12 passengers per trip. We believe in quality not quantity and want you to have an excellent and memorable experience whilst a passenger on our boat!

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Tour Reviews

“We couldn't have chosen a better boat tour around Noss, thank you Phil. You were excellent at boat handling and gave us informative yet fun commentary on all the birds & sea mammals. We can't wait to come out with you again when we next visit Shetland. Loved the comfortable boat!”

Sandra A, Italy

“I didn't know you could get so close to the seabirds and seals, the kids and I got some photographs with our iPhones we were delighted with, the diving Gannets were incredible”

Agnetha B, Norway

“I loved my trip with Shetland Seabird Tours from start to finish, Phil was a great guide. Orca's next to the boat were a lucky bonus and highlight of my Shetland holiday, an experience of a lifetime!”

Henry M, Scotland

“This trip was everything we hoped it would be and more, thank you. We can see why you are #1 on TripAdvisor! Highly recommend to anyone coming to Shetland, a first class wildlife boat trip”

Dave H, Manchester