How do I get to Fair Isle? Loganair (part of the Flybe group) fly from Aberdeen, Belfast, Benbecula, Birmingham, Campbeltown, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Guernsey, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, Kirkwall, London (Gatwick), Manchester, Manston (Kent), Newquay, Norwich, Southampton and Stornoway to Sumburgh airport on the southern tip of mainland Shetland. Or, you could travel by Northlink ferry from the ferry terminal in Aberdeen. You can fly with Direct Flight to Fair Isle from both Tingwall Airport in Lerwick and, on Saturdays, Sumburgh Airport. Alternatively, you could travel to Fair Isle on an inter-island ferry from either Sumburgh or from Lerwick.
How do I get around Fair Isle? The easiest and best way to get around Fair Isle is on foot. Fair Isle is about 3 miles long and about 1 and a half miles wide. On a nice, clear day, there are not many other places you would rather be. You can easily walk from the North Lighthouse to the South Lighthouse, or vice versa.
What's worth visiting on Fair Isle? Fair Isle is a Birdwatchers paradise. The hub of the island (for tourists anyway) is the Bird Observatory in the north of the island. There are guided walks and talks available from the Bird Observatory Ranger Service. The George Waterson Memorial Centre and Museum contains information on Fair Isle from pre-historic to modern times. Hand made straw-backed chairs are on display and available to buy from Fair Isle Straw Crafts. Knitwear is available at Fair Isle Crafts and Fair Isle Silver Company is located within the grounds of the South Lighthouse.
Where can I stay on Fair Isle? The Fair Isle Bird Observatory has accommodation for single travellers, couples and families on a full board basis. Also, there is the Auld Haa Guest House and Upper Leogh. Self catering is available at Springfield and for a truly remote experience, the South Lighthouse offers full board accommodation.
Are there any books/DVD's about Fair Isle? St Kilda The Lonely Islands/Fair Isle The Happy Island [DVD], Held In Trust - Fair Isle And The Highlands [DVD] , Fair Isle: Through the Seasons by Malachy Tallack and Roger Riddington andThe Art of Fair Isle Knitting: History, Technique, Color & Patterns: History, Technique, Color and Pattern by Ann Feitelson
Any other information on Fair Isle? Fair Isle is the only island between Orkney and Shetland. It is Britain's most isolated inhabited island and there is resident community of about 70.
Other islands in Shetland: See the pages for Mainland Shetland, Bressay, Burra Isles, Fetlar, Foula, Mousa, Noss, Out Skerries, Papa Stour, Unst, Whalsay and Yell.