Shetland's essential boat trip
Thanks to all our customers this season in what was our first year running the ferry service to Mousa. We have met so many interesting people from all over the world. It's been such a pleasure introducing many of you to Mousa and the 2000 plus year old Ironage broch for the first time and meeting others who make the trip as often as they can.
Our amazing storm petrel trips at dusk where you can experience the simmer dim at it's best, watch the return of the petrels from their feeding grounds and as they greet their partners, listen to the incredible churring noise of their call fill the air.

Our one hour Mousa sound cruises were also very popular starting at the Stevenson pier at Sandsayre and heading down towards the Burland broch then across the sound and down the West side of Mousa hearing local history all the way before returning to Sandsayre.

Then there was our charters to Noss where so much wonderful footage was obtained of the gannet colony and their feeding frenzy, the artic skuas, black guillemots, artic terns, oyster catchers, fulmars and many more, as well as viewing spectacular cliff sceneary.

We will be available for some other charter work until mid October.

We are now taking charter bookings for our 2018 season. Please e-mail us with your requirements.

The following are a list of frequently asked questions and answers, however if you have a query that is not here please email us and we will endeavour to provide a quick response.

Q. Where is Mousa?

A. Mousa island is situated exactly on the 60 Degrees North latitude and lies just off the south-east mainland of Shetland.

Q. How big is the island?

A. The island is approximately 1½ miles long by 1 mile at its widest point. The highest point is 180ft.

Q. How do I get to Sandsayre pier?

A. By car: head south 10 miles from leaving Lerwick on the A970, turn left at first Sandwick junction and follow signs for Mousa. The pier is one mile on the left.

By bus: the number 6 service from Lerwick or Sumburgh has suitable connection times with most sailings - check with the bus operator, Leasks of Lerwick tel 01595 693162. Allow 10 minutes from the bus drop-off point to the pier.

Q. How long does it take to get to Sandsayre pier?

A. From Lerwick by car allow a minimum of 30 minutes before sailing time.

Q. How long is the crossing to Mousa?

A. Usually under 15 minutes

Q. How long do we spend on the island?

A. Approximately 3 hours for daytime trips and 1½-2 hours for storm petrel trips.

Q. Are there toilets on the island?

A. No, there is a toilet onboard the boat and public toilets near Sandsayre pier.

Q. Can I pay by debit or credit card?

A. Sorry we don’t take any form of card payments.

Q. How far is the broch from the pier on Mousa?

A. The broch is about a twenty minute walk for the average able adult.

Q. What are the paths like?

A. Around the island the tracks vary between walk-ways and rough ground and should present little difficulty to a person of average ability. It can however be slippery and care should be taken.

Q. Can we walk anywhere?

A. Mousa is a special protection area and is managed as a nature reserve by the RSPB who welcome responsible access. There are restricted breeding areas including the stony beach by the broch, so we would ask you to keep close to the designated route, especially on the east side of the island near the Muckle Bard pools.

Q. How long does it take to walk round?

A. The designated circular route is around the mid part of Mousa and can be easily walked in under an hour, so you have plenty of time to visit the broch and go exploring.

Q. Can I take my dog?

A. Only if it is a guide dog.

Q. What should I take with me?

A. The weather can quickly change in Shetland and we would advise wearing appropriate footwear and to take waterproofs. As you will have plenty of time for a picnic some food and drink would add to your enjoyment.

Q. What should I not do on Mousa?

A. Please don’t take flash photos of the storm petrels and don’t leave any litter.