The Noss Boat

Daily Wildlife Cruises

Scheduled Daily Noss Boat Tours 9.45am & 12.45pm

£45 Adults / £25 Under 16's

  • The ultimate Shetland wildlife boat experience on the No1. Noss Boat – unrivalled spectacle & photographic opportunities with the awesome, towering Noss cliffs backdrop.
  • Highly experienced naturalist skipper & guide.
  • Very comfortable, bespoke wildlife watching boat, partial canopy cover if needed, room to stand, photograph & enjoy. Small groups - max 12 passengers per trip! Upholstered seats with backrests for every passenger as well as large decking area.
  • Noss Boat Tour includes cruise around Bressay & Noss to enjoy Shetland's rich natural environment, thousands of breeding seabirds, close seals encounters, scenic views & striking local geology. We are always on the look out for whales too, with increasing annual sightings of Orca in Shetland waters, we have often been in the right place at the right time to encounter these wonderful marine mammals. Let's hope we can shout "whale!" on your trip!

Daily Noss Boat 9.45am & 12.45pm  (departure approx 15 mins later)
April – October 2021

'Early Bird' Noss Boat Tours 05.30am

£45 Adults / £25 Under 16's

The first of its kind in Shetland, in 2016 we started offering special boat trips for those early risers, with our 'Early Bird' sunrise boat tours 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 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!!

5.30am Mon, Wed, Sat Only (departure approx 15 mins later). 

Advanced booking essential. minimum 2 persons per trip.


'Cruise Ship Days' Noss Boat Tours - Late Afternoon 3.45pm

We have over 100 cruise ship visits to Lerwick throughout the season, bringing passengers from all over the world to experience a little taste of what Shetland has to offer. A wildlife tour to Noss with us is a wonderful experience & the 9.45am & 12.45pm trips are perfectly placed to suit most cruise ship passengers own cruise ship arrival & departure schedules with still plenty of time to explore Lerwick & the rich culture, heritage, shops & cafes on offer. We have been adding a late afternoon Noss trip to cruise ship days for the past 2 years, so that we can cater for both independent travellers to Shetland as well as cruise ship visitors. If you are arriving in Lerwick on a cruise ship throughout 2020 & would like to join us, you can either book a tour here online or phone/email us with any questions you might have. We would be delighted to show you the world class wildlife spectacle of Noss during your visit.

3.45pm (departure approx 15 mins later) on cruise ship days, please see our online booking calendar for available late afternoon tour dates. 

£45 Adults / £25 Under 16's

Advanced booking advised on these very busy days.

Please note all trips are weather permitting - we will try and contact you via your contact number provided upon booking if we are likely to not run due to adverse weather & offer you an alternative time and or date for a boat trip with us.

Our boat, if not on a chartered wildlife cruise, is available for bespoke trips, commercial use, ecological surveys & other outdoor pursuits throughout the year, please contact us directly for more information and to discuss your requirements.

For enquiries please call Phil & Rebecca on: 07767872260
Or email:

Species and When to See

The list of species and simplified monthly guide below showing when these species are around in Shetland waters can be used as a good indicator of what you might encounter on a Shetland Seabird Tour trip on the Ayda Ruby!

Gannet (Solan)
Cormorant (Muckle Skarf, Loren)
Shag (Skarf)
Fulmar (Maalie)
Red-throated Diver (Rain Gos,Loom)
Great Northern Diver (Immer Gos)
Eider (Dunter)
Long-tailed Duck (Calloo)
Common Guillemot (Longwi, Loom)
Razorbill (Sea Craa, Wylkie)
Black Guillemot (Tystie)
Puffin (Tammie Norie)
Great Skua (Bonxie)
Arctic Skua (Skootie Aalin)
Arctic Tern (Tirrick)
Common Gull Peerie Maa, Pikka Maa)
Kittiwake (Weeg, Rippack Maa)
Black-headed Gull (Hoodie Maa)
Herring Gull (Maa, Herring Maa)
Lesser-Black-backed Gull (Swaabi, Swartback)
Great-Black-backed Gull (Swaabie, Swartback)
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Common Seal
Grey Seal
Porpoise o o o o o o o o o o o o
Otter o o o o o o o o o o o o

o = occasionally seen

We highly recommend 'Discover Shetland’s Birds', a photographic guide to Shetland's breeding, wintering and migrant birds by Paul Harvey & Rebecca Nason available from or through the Shetland Museum shop website

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Please note all trips are weather permitting, we will try and contact you via your contact number provided upon booking if we are likely to not run due to adverse weather & offering you an alternative time and or date for a boat trip with us.  Please see our booking terms and conditions for more information.