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Hi I’m Lisa. Welcome to Islandeering I’m an islandeer, author and marine conservationist and passionate about sharing what I have learnt from my travels around the islands of the British Isles to help you find an adventure. I started the project 12 years ago after I had one of those light bulb moments and realised the pure magic that islands held for me. After meeting so many people on their island travels who shared my passion and told me that I must share my experiences so that others could do the same I set up Islandeering.com, where we are passionate about promoting responsible travel to our great British islands.
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High Point: 181m
Population: 0 (seasonal wardens)
Size: 343ha
Wild Factor: 10 out of 10

Visit the Isle of Noss the stunning Island of Noss is home to some of Europe’s finest seabird colonies of skuas, puffins, fulmars and kittiwakes with a truly impressive gannetry, and puffins galore. The island has a fine beach, beautiful views and the chance to spot whales, orcas, otters, seals and eider ducks amongst its dramatic scenery. The remarkable Noup of Noss is the highest cliff on the east side of Shetland.

Where to find the Isle of Noss the Isle of Noss lies to the east of Lerwick. It is separated from the island of Bressay by the narrow Bressay Sound

How to get to the Isle of Noss – the Noss ferry normally runs May – August, except Mondays and Thursdays, and when the sea is too rough. Just turn up at Noss Sound and the boat will come for you (the warden keeps a lookout during open hours).  Always call the Noss Ferry Line on 0800 107 7818 for up-to-date information before you travel to Noss. The short ferry trip is on a small RIB; passengers must wear the provided  lifejackets. To get to the Noss Ferry take the car ferry from Lerwick to Bressay and cross the island on the road following signs for Noss (car, walk or cycle). Parking is beside the turning circle at the road end. Bikes can be hired in Lerwick.

Getting around the Isle of Noss – walk the fantastic coastal circuit of the Isle of Noss – more details here

Best time to go to the Isle of Noss – mid-May to mid-July are best for breeding seabirds with seals, otters, wildflower and gannets around until the end of August.

Is the Isle of Noss dog friendly – as a National Nature Reserve dogs are strictly forbidden

Food and drink on the Isle of Noss – bring a picnic as there are no refreshments on the Isle of Noss. The Isle of Noss Visitor Centre (open 10-5 daily – except Mondays and Thursdays from May – end August) has toilets. The closest refreshments to the Isle of Noss are on Bressay. Where to eat on Bressay the larger neighbouring island has a number of options for food and drink including the Speldiburn Cafe, Maryfield restaurant and bar, and the island shop.

Where to stay near the Isle of Noss the closest accommodation is on neighbouring Bressay. Caravan parking with electric hook up points are available at the Bressay Marina Caravan Park.

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About Us

Hi I’m Lisa. Welcome to Islandeering I’m an islandeer, author and marine conservationist and passionate about sharing what I have learnt from my travels around the islands of the British Isles to help you find an adventure. I started the project 12 years ago after I had one of those light bulb moments and realised the pure magic that islands held for me. After meeting so many people on their island travels who shared my passion and told me that I must share my experiences so that others could do the same I set up Islandeering.com, where we are passionate about promoting responsible travel to our great British islands.
Learn More

Join our Islandeering community

We have a lot of fun here, as we continuously find new islands and meet plenty of great folks along the way. Join our community to get new routes and adventures, latest blogs and news by using the email box below. Tune in also to our Facebook and Instagram pages to see where we are going next.
Distance: 8.9km
Difficulty: Moderate
Method: Walk
Wow Factor: 10 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Nr Lerwick, Shetland
  • Size: 343ha
  • Terrain: Unmarked paths on island; coastal cliff paths; some boggy areas
  • Access: Small ferry
  • Height gain: 236m
  • Map: OS Explorer 467; Landranger 4
  • Starting point: Isle of Noss jetty. Grid Ref. HU 53052 40997
  • Accommodation/food:

    There are no refreshments on the Isle of Noss, although a toilet it available in the Isle of Noss Visitor Centre. That said with its dramatic views the Isle of Noss is a great place for a picnic. The closest food and drink is on neighbouring Bressay for Speldiburn Café, Maryfield restaurant & bar, and the island shop.

  • Island Summary:

    One of the best walks in Shetland in a stunning National Nature Reserve, this impressive coastal circuit around the wildlife Isle of Noss passes some of Europe’s finest seabird colonies, particularly its incredible gannetry. Noss lies to east of Bressey and is within easy reach of Lerwick via a  ferry between Lerwick and Bressay, then an inflatable boat from Bressay to Noss. The walk starts in the low-lying north west of the island and climbs steeply to the 180 metre cliffs at the Noup of Noss. Here the cliffs are home to over 25,000 black and white guillemots and 20,000 gannets as well as fulmars, shags and puffins. Inland, the moorland, is home to a large population of great skuas.

  • Route description:

    Following the warden’s introduction to the island start this circular walk around the Isle of Noss in front of the house. Turn left past the old Shetland pony stud, then through the gap in the wall. Cross the back of Nesti Voe beach and continue on a grass path along the coast. Cross a stile over a stone wall and, after a short distance, start to ascend the cliffs towards the Point of Hovie. Pass to the left of the stone wall to overlook Cradle Holm and a sea arch. The clifftops here are a great place to lookout for puffins. Continue around the coast and keep ascending the rising cliffs to reach the summit of the Noup of Noss – the highest cliff and home to incredible seabird colonies. Descend to the left of the stone wall past a number of heavily indented geos to reach a stile to cross the stone wall. Follow the coast above the small cliffs back to the warden’s house.

  • Getting there:

    Ferry from Lerwick to Bressay, walk/cycle across Bressay and then take the inflatable boat shuttle from the quay at the end of the track below Noss visitor car park.

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