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The Noup, Isle of Noss NNR, Shetland Isles Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

Noss National Nature Reserve

A seabird skyscraper

The towering 180-metre sea cliffs of Noss are dramatic. In summer especially, gannets, guillemots, fulmars and kittiwakes seem to occupy every available nook on the cliffs. Marauding great skuas – or bonxies, as they’re known locally – nest further inland.

The thrilling 3-minute trip out to Noss in a small inflatable boat is a highlight in itself, as you speed across the waves. The ferry service is run by Scottish Natural Heritage. From landing it’s just a short walk to the visitor centre.

Find out more about visiting Noss NNR.

Top attractions

  • Get the full multisensory experience, with all the sights, sounds and smells of a seabird high-rise city.
  • Wander the coastal path to learn about the history of the island.
  • Watch out for whales and porpoises.

Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.  Read our report on the 2018 season and how well the wildlife on Noss did.

What’s on?

Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.


Reserve manager: Juan Brown

Scottish Natural Heritage
Ground Floor
Stewart Building
Alexandra Wharf

Telephone: 01595 693345
Email: [email protected]

Find out more

Discover more about why Scotland’s National Nature Reserves were created and the partners who manage them.

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Follow SNH’s Scotland’s Nature blog and find interesting articles on Scotland’s natural heritage.

Our visitor centre is rated Gold under the GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme).

Noss NNR is a member of VisitScotland.

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