Fair Isle Shetland Islands

Fair Isle is Scotland’s most remote island, lying around halfway between Shetland and the Orkney Islands. The island is situated around 40 km south-west of Sumburgh Head on the Shetland mainland. The population live on the on the southern half of the island, with the northern half consisting of rocky moorland. The western coast consists of cliffs of up to 200 m in height.

Fair Isle is famed for its bird population, lying as it does on main migratory routes. It has a permanent bird observatory because of its importance as a bird migration watchpoint and this provides most of the accommodation on the island. Many rare species of bird have been found on the island.

Fair Isle is famous for its knitted jumpers, with knitting forming an important source of income for the women of the islands. The principal activity for the male islanders is crofting.

Things to See and Do

* Bird watching
* Walking
* Fair Isle South Lighthouse
* North Haven and Fair Isle Harbour

General information

Cruise Season – March - Nov
Currency – Pound Sterling (£)
Language – English
Land Area – 5.61 km²
Population – 70
Electricity – 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time – GMT plus zero hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 44

Port Location – The ferry berths at Fair Isle's main harbour at North Haven.

Transport Links- Fair Isle Airport serves the island with flights to Lerwick . The Good Shepherd IV ferry plies between Fair Isle and Grutness . Loganair have announced the introduction of a twice-weekly service between Kirkwall and Fair Isle, via North Ronaldsay. The service is due to run from May 25 until October 7, 2007.

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