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We have, sadly, retired and no longer offer tours.

but this page has some information & links that you might find useful.

Thank you to all our past guests and friends —
we enjoyed every minute of our tours!

Interested in…

…an alternative to our tours?

If you’d like a boat tour to see Shetland’s coastal scenery and wildlife — especially for tours to Noss, we can recommend two operators:

Seabirds–and–Seals has been in business for around two decades, started by Jonathan Wills. But since Dr. Wills’ retirement, it’s been taken over by two Shetlanders with years of experience, on the water and around the islands. What a combination: a well–established business, backed with with decades of experience from Dr Wills, but with fresh eyes & loads of enthusiasm! Their boat, Seabird, is a comfortable, stable (catamaran) boat with facilities for refreshments…and a toilet, if you drink too much coffee! The Seabird is wheelchair–accessible. Read more on the Seabirds–and–Seals website.

We would also highly recommend Shetland Wildlife Boat Tours, who’ve been in business for about a decade. They used to be known as Thule Charters, but since their boat tours are about wildlife (in addition to their charter trips), ‘Shetland Wildlife Boat Tours’ is a much more descriptive name. The skipper & crew are highly experienced, knowledgable and fun. Like Seabirds–and–Seals, they have an underwater ROV camera so you can take a peek at some of the little animals beneath the waves. Their boat, the Rubymay, is a large, stable and comfortable catamaran with a completely enclosed, spacious cabin, with facilities for refreshments (and hiding from the weather!) and a toilet. It is also wheelchair–accessible. Read more on the Shetland Wildlife Boat Tours website.

Please note there are other operators with similar names.

We also recommend a tour with the Mousa Boat, especially their ’stormy petrel’ night trips.

There are many other tours and activities in Shetland. A day or half day with James Tait of Island Trails is excellent! You can find more activities on the two official tourist websites, VisitScotland and Promote Shetland are very good for activity ideas.

…Shetland’s wildlife: what, where and when?

With Shetland’s temperate climate, much of the wildlife is here year round: our grey seals and harbour (a.k.a. ‘common’) seals enjoy our relatively warm water throughout the year. Our otters (river otters, not sea otters, as you might expect) are also here year round — though they’re rather shy, so consider yourself lucky if you see one! If you’re particularly interested in seabirds and want to know when you might see them, have a look at our seabird chart of seasons for our more common visiting/resident birds.

Unfortunately, we have no resident pods of any cetacean, so you’ll be very lucky to see a whale, dolphin or porpoise. 2016 was an extraordinary year for the unusually high number of orca (killer whale) sightings. Normally, sightings are quite rare. No one can honestly offer ‘whale watching’, so beware of anyone who claims, or implies, they’ll find you whales. If you take any inter–island ferries, always keep a lookout for otters around the terminals and whales en route. You might just be lucky!

…a map of the centre of Lerwick?

Our map of the town centre shows the centre of Lerwick at the waterfront, with Victoria Pier, bus stops, the Small Boat Harbour and the Tourist Office.

…info for CRUISE LINER passengers?

Our old cruiser page is no longer current, but still has information you might find useful. You can find out where your ship is scheduled to anchor or dock on the Lerwick Port Authority’s (LPA) Visiting Cruise Ships page. Download our map of Lerwick harbour to see the centre of town, moorings, anchorages, bus stops and the Tourist Office.

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