Exploring the sandstone cliff faces of the Isle of Noss will reveal ledges loaded with gannets, puffins, guillemots, shags, kittiwakes, Razorbills, fulmars and Great Skuas. The island was recognized as a National Nature Reserve in 1955, and has one of Europe’s largest and most diverse seabird colonies. Sheep have grazed the inland hillsides of Noss since the late 1800s and early 1900s when around twenty people lived on the island to manage the sheep farm. Along with the sheep, shaggy Shetland ponies graze the windblown slopes of Noss.
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Take your Shetlands Islands exploration further with this excursion from Noss to Lerwick, across Bressay Island.
Start with a Zodiacs cruise along the shores of Noss Island, to see the more than 150,000 Gannets nesting on the mile long cliffs. A site to behold with your Expedition Naturalists sharing all the information about the island and these beautiful creatures.
End your Zodiac Cruise with a disembarkation on the shores of the wild and sparsely inhabited east coast of Bressay Island, walk the hills between Noss Sound and the Bressay Lighthouse, taking in some of the wildest scenery in the islands. See its archeological remains from different eras, from the Neolithic to Viking age, to the WWII.
At the end of your walk, take a short scenic drive across to the west coast of the island, and make a short stop at the Bressay Heritage Centre. Located at the ferry terminal, this exhibition space displays artifacts from the history of the island including photographs and a 'ben end' 1960s living room - Bressay style!
After a short walk, join the interisland ferry which acts as a commuter route for residents of the island of Bressay who live on the island but work in Lerwick. This quick ferry route takes just 10 minutes.
Rejoin the ship in Lerwick.