Fair Isle panorama from Buness

Thursday March 18, 2010

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Fair Isle can be reached from the Shetland mainland either by the island mailboat
Good 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 Lerwick
Good Shepherd bookings +44 (0)1595 760363

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.
DirectFlight +44 (0)1595 840246

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 summer.

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

North Haven, Fair Isle.

The sheltered North Haven,
just below the Bird Observatory

http://www.fairislebirdobs.co.uk/travel.htm  also provides useful information


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