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Noss National Nature Reserve

The island of Noss, panorama taken from the Bressay carpark.

Noss National Nature Reserve Review

The island of Noss (which means "nose" in old Norse) rises to a point called the Noup. The smell and noise of the birds that live on the vertiginous cliffs can assault the senses. Residents nest in orderly fashion: black and white guillemots (45,000 pairs) and razorbills at the bottom; gulls, gannets, cormorants, and kittiwake in the middle; fulmars and puffins at the top. If you get too close to their chicks, some will dive-bomb from above. To get here, take a ferry from Lerwick to Bressay, then an inflatable boat to Noss. Mid-May to mid-July is the best time to view breeding birds. No matter when you visit, be sure to wear waterproof clothing and sensible shoes.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Noss, ZE1
  • Phone: 01595/693345
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Apr.–Aug., daily 11–5
  • Website:
  • Location: Lerwick
Updated: 10-09-2013

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