Noss and bressay cruise

You can also visit the island for a few hours either by taking a trip from the Seabird Centre in North Berwick, to the east of Edinburgh, or by taking a ferry from Anstruther in Fife.

Continue to the fascinating Croft House Museum to learn about 19th century life on the island. Remain in Lerwick for an afternoon at leisure. Wildlife watching boat trips operate to the islands from the Hebrides. Check into a comfortable cabin for the journey. Standing stones, in pairs are to be found near the Giant's Grave at North R0, and on Hamnavoe Hill, and there is a single, but rather insignificant boulder on the Mill Knowes near the Loch of Burraland.

However, in spite of their large quantities, St Kilda's puffins are not easy to see. I can tell you though that it was the breeding season when this photo was taken, and this is an Atlantic puffin. Plus the opportunity to view the whole island from the water offers a rewarding perspective.

Fair Isle has a massive bird population. Some of the birds that can be found on the island include gannets, guillemots, marauding great skuas, fulmars, and kittiwakes.

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

Once ashore the stone walls are purring with the strange calls of the tiny Storm Petrels nesting within the crevices. Wheelchair users are welcome as our main deck and toilet compartment on the Dunter III are accessible for wheelchair users.

Dolphins are often seen in Iona sound and the elusive corncrake is often heard. The island is without a doubt an ideal tourist destination. They are found both inland and in the nooks in the cliffs. Baby puffins are vulnerable to attack from bigger birds so their parents choose grassy ground, and build their nests in burrows that they either dig themselves or that rabbits have abandoned.

Then, stop in at the Orkney Wine Company and sample their delicious wines made from traditional Scottish recipes with fruit, flowers and vegetables, many of which are grown locally. Today we take the ferry to Fetlar, home to most of the British population of Red-necked Phalaropes, and although the Loch of Funzie is the place to see them there is no sign of any at all and so we have to make do with close views of Snipe, Redshank, Dunlin, Wheatear and a pair of Red-throated Divers, with pin-striped necks and visibly red throats.

Nature Reserve, home to thousands of seabirds in the summer, including a thriving puffin colony. Porpoises, dolphins, otters, white-tailed and golden eagles and many other bird species can be spotted all around Mull at any month of the season.

Where to Find Puffins in Scotland

An easier but longer approach, over eight miles from Ollaberry, and over six from North R0, is first to the bend in the Burn of R0rwater after the Bjorgs of Hooster, then along the winding tops of successive spurs to the summit.

The Island of Mull is outstanding for its natural environment and remarkable range of wildlife. An interesting prehistoric burial site occurs close to the sea near Nister, but no evidence of this discovery is now exposed. People no longer even live on St Kilda. Most days we get to very close to seals and sometimes there are porpoises or whales if any are in the area at the time - Every trip is different and you never know what you might see.

The paths are well maintained and the views at Hermaness are spectacular, particularly of Muckle Flugga, the most northern part of the British Isles. The island is a sheep-farm and also doubles as a national nature reserve and is believed to have had no permanent inhabitants since The following are some of the best sites, either in terms of numbers or accessibility or both.

Noss is separated from the nearby Bressay by the Noss Sound. At times both of them lay on the damp grass to get in close and those cute little puffins just cocked their heads and posed for the pictures.

When to see puffins The reason I know for sure this photo was taken in the breeding season is because puffins only have those beautiful orange beaks then; the rest of the year their beaks are much duller. The main island, Hirta, is not home to puffins. The only difference is males are slightly larger.

From a little below the summit on the north side a wonderful panorama of loch-scenery is seen spread out towards 0ya and Fedeland. Like Noss, Hermaness has been a Nature Reserve since and has overseabirds in total.


Just over 30 minutes south, at Jarlshof and Scatness, are archaeological excavations, while longhouses and replica longship can be found 50 miles north of Lerwick, on Unst. Adventurers and nature lovers alike should be thrilled that the island can be explored on foot.

Archaeological Notes Northmavine parish possesses many sites of archaeological interest and some of them are of special interest and importance. Anchor in Loch Spelve on Mull, well known for sighting otters, with the opportunity to take a shore walk under a canopy of ancient oak forest.

Then wave the stick or hold the umbrella above your head. But if the day be clear, the grandest view in all Shetland is obtained over a sweep of not less than 80 miles, the Islands lying below like a map. Noss Sound is a relatively new channel and was probably made by storm waves that breached the sandy spit that once joined Noss to Bressay.

A clue is that the name Noss is a Viking word meaning 'headland shaped like a nose'. 'Early Bird' Boat Trips.

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The first of it's kind in Shetland, in we started offering special boat trips for those early risers, with our 'Early Bird' trips for that much sort after early morning light at the back of Noss! Noss is a very small and previously inhabited island found in Shetland, Scotland.

The island is a sheep-farm and also doubles as a national nature reserve and is believed to have had no permanent inhabitants since Noss is separated from the nearby Bressay by the Noss Sound.

Visit Bressay and Noss in the Shetland Islands Separated from Lerwick by the Bressay Sound, Bressay is the fifth largest of the Shetland Islands, with a population of around people, many of whom travel daily by ferry to work in Lerwick. Shetland's award winning wildlife adventure cruises around Noss National Nature Reserve and Bressay depart seven days a week from Victoria Pier Slipway, Lerwick at 10am and 2pm.

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What makes this cruise extra special is that, in addition to the four crew, there.

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