Fair Isle

Fair Isle


Fair Isle, world-famous for its knitting and bird life, has a well sheltered and easily accessible pier at North Haven. There is no all-weather anchorage but the North Haven and the South End are suitable for summer cruising (advice should be sought). It makes a great stepping stone, whether on the way North to Shetland or to the South to explore the rest of Britain.

Fair Isle’s internationally acclaimed Lodge and Bird Observatory sits around 300 metres from the pier and has toilets, showers and a telephone as well as serving excellent food. The island lies in the flight paths from Scandinavia, Iceland and Faroe making it famous for the massive numbers of visiting species both common and rare. From April to August the cliffs are busy with the sound of thousands of fulmars, kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots, black guillemots, gannets, shags and puffins, while skuas and terns fiercely defend their nests on the moorland.

Grey and common seals are frequently seen, with harbour porpoises mostly sighted in summer. Whales and dolphins sometimes cruise close inshore, white beaked Atlantic white sided dolphins, killer whales (orcas) and minke whales are often spotted from the mail boat "Good Shepherd" on passage to and from Shetland.

The George Walterson Memorial Centre and Museum in the former Fair Isle school on the south of the island is packed with displays of the island’s history from prehistoric times to the present. Fair Isle is also famous for its knitting: the only source of the genuine Fair Isle garment is the island. A small island cooperative, Fair Isle Crafts, produces quality knitwear labelled with Fair Isle’s own trade mark.

5 metres max.
No charges
Jimmy Stout, 01595 760222


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