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Noss National Nature Reserve

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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