Things to do
Fair Isle is the perfect place to explore on foot. Take a map from the shop or the bird observatory, and just see where the day takes you. There are many stunning coastal walks, or else you can follow the road around the crofts or up to the North Haven and North Lighthouse. As well as birds, there is lots of other wildlife around that can be encountered. For those who prefer a guide, the observatory offers a free ranger service throughout the summer. See their website for details.
The George Waterston Memorial Centre and Museum is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the summer, and at other times by arrangement. The museum contains a large array of artefacts, telling the story of the island's past. It's a great place to visit.
Several local knitters and craftspeople are happy to show visitors their work. You can find their contact details below.
Knitwear, arts and crafts
Shop and post office
There is only one shop in Fair Isle, Stackhoull Stores, which is also the local post office. The shop is open every day except Thursday and Sunday in the summer, with reduced opening hours during the winter months.
The nurse's surgery is at the Chalet, with 'walk in' hours from 9.30 to 11am, Monday to Friday. The nurse can be contacted from 9am to 5pm, Mon to Fri, on 01595 760242. Outside these hours, it is necessary to call NHS24 on 111.
There are public toilets at the bird observatory, the hall, Stackhoull Stores and the airstrip.
Services are held in the Methodist Chapel and Church of Scotland Kirk on alternate Sundays at 11am.