A dramatic island with soaring cliffs, Noss is home to an amazing array of nesting seabirds. In spring and summer, gannets, guillemots, fulmars and kittiwakes seem to occupy every available nook and cranny on the cliffs. Marauding great skuas which nest further inland can be seen aggressively chasing their victims. A coastal path meanders through colourful patches of flower filled grassland and might just give you a view of a passing porpoise or otter.
The thrilling three-minute trip out to Noss in a small inflatable boat run by Scottish Natural Heritage is a highlight in itself, as you speed across the waves. From there it’s a short walk to the visitor centre. Walking anti-clockwise around Noss is easier and means you have the best view of the seabird cliffs. Pass Nesti Voe and continue on to the Voe o’ da Mels to look for grey and common seals and otters, and then press on to the Noup.