Cliffs, sea and a green landscape attract visitors to Fair Isle.

Fair Isle Island Visit

Guided walk to the bird cliffs and a 1.5-mile walk to the community hall

Included in your cruise
  • Guided walk to bird cliff
  • Variety of seabirds
  • Visit to the museum
  • Difficulty level

    Level 3: Medium

  • Duration


  • Max. passengers


  • Booking Code


  • Notices

    Appropriate waterproof clothing and comfortable walking boots

Fair Isle is situated approximately halfway between Orkney and Shetland and is perhaps best known for the intricate and distinctive knitting patterns that originated here. It is also home to over 200 flowering plants and its own sub-species of wren and field mouse. Birds rule here. Over 345 species of birds have been recorded on Fair Isle—more than anywhere else in Britain. The varied and interesting bird life led the ornithologist George Waterston to build the original bird observatory in 1948. The island is home to large breeding colonies of seabirds, including great and arctic skua, and is often visited by rare migrants.

Islanders will welcome you during your visit. You can visit the museum and have tea and homemade baked goods with the islanders in the community hall.

The Fair Isle Bird Observatory was destroyed by fire in 2019 and a rebuild is planned. Plans are currently being formalized and they hope to start rebuilding in the spring of 2022. Due to covid delays, the reopening is yet to be confirmed.

Practical information:

  • Included: Refreshments

  • Language: English.

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate waterproof clothing and comfortable walking boots

  • Walking information: Approximately 1.5 miles

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.