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“Fantastic! No cell phone reception:)”

Noss National Nature Reserve
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Fantastic! No cell phone reception:)”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We had a perfect afternoon, wonderful blue skies, sunshine, seals, puffins, Shags, etc. Could have spent a lot longer but the 4 hours we had kept the kids amused and delighted the adults. Turn up at the dock and the zodiac will come to ferry you across. Rangers extremely knowledgable (and patient with small kids!). Lovely little interpretation center and the whole island to explore at your own pace. If you are into natural history, shells, flora, fauna, bones, geology, tide pools, and being out of cell phone reception this is a must. Thoroughly endorse.

Visited August 2014
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Yetts o' Muckhart
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Good walk around Noss with its usual and amazing seabirds. Superb scenery. Good info from NNR staff as well as safe conduct across from Bressay on the wee boat.

Visited June 2014
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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Gannet planet!”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

I'll start by saying that boats and I do not get on well. I only have to look at a boat bobbing about in the harbour and I feel seasick! Having read that the ferry crossing from Lerwick to Bressay was only 7 minutes I decided to brave it. Could not have been easier and the time whizzed by. A short drive across Bressay to wait for the 'ferry' to Noss which is actually a dinghy! The journey was only a minute if that. The views on Noss are stunning and the wardens are very friendly and knowledgeable. You can walk right around the island along the cliff tops. There are thousands of nesting birds and brilliant for bird watching. It was fantastic watching gannets plunge into the sea off the south tip of the island. We also saw quite a few seals bobbing about in the water. Well worth a visit and really easy to get to-much easier than I first thought.

Visited August 2014
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Fantastic Boat trip”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

The boat trip to Noss must be the best ever! The captain is not only knowledgeable but makes everything so interesting. The trip includes visiting caves, seeing live film from a remote-controlled underwater camera, microscope slides of live plankton fresh from the water and coffe and a biscuit! We even had the pleasure of seeing a biscuit taken from the hand of the mate by a gull flying alongside the boat. And the sight of all the nesting birds is incredible. If you do nothing else in Shetland, you must go on the boat trip!

Visited July 2014
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
174 reviews
114 attraction reviews
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“Excellent opportunity to get really close to Gannets and Puffins”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

It is a bit of a walk from the small visitor centre to the seabird colonies, but you are rewarded with excellent close up views of the huge gannetry (12000 pairs in 2014 summer), and the puffins. Teh centre of the island is dominated by nesting sites of Great Skuas and Arctic Terns who will get very aggressive if you come close to their nests. They do have a tendency to dive bomb and will not be afraid to strike, so come prepared with a hat and perhaps a stick. Since there are absolutely no trees or bushes anywhere on Shetlands, you will probably need to bring the stick from home!

There are boats that run from Lerwick, and they do offer a different view, so if you have time and inclination, do both the walk and the boat. From the water level, the cliffs are different and you will get closer to the Guillemots that nest towards the lower edges of the cliffs. On the walk you will get closer to Puffins and Gannets.

To get to Noss, you need to catch a ferry from Lerwick to Bressay (£13 for car + driver) then drive across the island of Bressay to the other side (about 15-20 minutes without stopping) to catch the small RIB to Noss (runs 10-5).

The island is closed to visitors on Monday and Thursday.

There is no food available anywhere, so bring your own supplies. Toilets at the visitor centre, plus useful information from the wardens who live there - very friendly and knowledgeable guys.

Visited July 2014
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