Getting here

Fair Isle lies between Shetland and Orkney.

The mail boat Good Shepherd IV operates regularly during summer between North Haven on Fair Isle to Grutness Pier near Sumburgh in Shetland (with a few sailings to Lerwick). The boat carries 12 passengers and takes about 2½ hours to Fair Isle. For bookings, phone 01595 760363.

Airtask (formerly known as Directflight) offer the only year-round scheduled air service to Fair Isle, taking up to 7 passengers.

Contact information

Telephone: 01463 732621 (regional office)

Planning your visit

Fair Isle can be visited all year round, although getting there can be weather-dependent.

Your first port of call should be Fair Isle Bird Observatory, which is home to the island’s visitor centre. It’s open from mid-April until the end of October and you can pick up factsheets, self-guiding leaflets, information on wildlife and maps of the island here. The ranger service offers guided walks, talks and other events at the observatory.

You can find out more about the island’s history at the George Waterston Memorial Centre and Museum, located in Fair Isle’s former school and housing a collection of knitwear, artefacts, photographs and other historical memorabilia.

Stackhoull Stores is the only shop on the island and is also the post office. It’s well-stocked and you can buy food, drink and other provisions here. There’s no bank on Fair Isle, but cash withdrawals can be made from the shop/post office.

For more information about planning your visit, please see the drop-down Facilities below or our frequently asked questions.


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