|Fair Isle can be reached from the Shetland mainland either by the island mailboat
Shepherd IV, or by 8-seater 'Islander' aircraft.
|The Good Shepherd carries 12 passengers, the journey
taking about two and a half hours. During summer the ferry sails three times a week
to Grutness at the south end of Shetland and once a fortnight makes a Thursday run to
Good Shepherd bookings
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The 'plane leaves from Tingwall Airport - a 15 minute taxi ride to the west of
Lerwick. Visitors travelling by air to Shetland arrive at Sumburgh airport at the
southern end of Shetland. This means that, except on a Saturday in summer, they must
travel to Tingwall for the onward connecting flight to Fair Isle. On Saturdays in
summer it is possible to fly from Sumburgh to Fair Isle.
It is possible to arrive in Shetland by P&O ferry from Aberdeen or via
Stromness in Orkney, or by air from various UK airports.
Private aircraft are welcome to use the Fair Isle airstrip, but care and
experience is required due to the vagaries of the weather. The high cliffs can
produce turbulent winds and fog or low cloud is an ever present risk - especially during
Since the building of the breakwater and new pier visiting yachtsmen can now find
a sheltered berth in the North Haven.
- Information on the North Haven
The sheltered North Haven,
just below the Bird Observatory