Fair Isle | Paul Turner

Ask an Islander

Fair Isle, sitting halfway between Shetland and Orkney is a birders paradise, a walkers dream and a knitters heaven! Rachel from Barkland Croft was keen to tell us why she loves her island home, and share a few of the island’s hidden gems.

“Walk to the top of Vaasetter for spectacular views over to Sheep Rock and, depending on the time of year, there is a seal colony that comes out to rest on the shore around its base. Climb up Ward Hill, the highest point on the isle, and wander among the remains of the old radar station and trig point. Explore the southwest coastline and find Gunglesund, the isle’s natural ‘swimming pool’!”

If you find yourself twiddling your thumbs on a rainy day, never fear, there’s plenty to do, as Rachel explains. “Visit the George Waterston Memorial Centre and Museum – we have a treasure trove of displays and artefacts, ranging from agriculture to the lighthouse board, shipwrecks to fishing and, of course, Fair Isle knitwear.”

September is Rachel’s favourite month on the island, and she tells us why. “I have always loved September partly that sense of ‘new school year’ and the beginning of a new cycle, but also colourful fungi start to pop up everywhere! That said, I really enjoy the time of year we’re currently at – just a week or so before lambing starts so there’s the excitement of that building!”

Collect the stamp

The passport stamp for Fair Isle depicts the famous patterned knitting which originated in the island. Download the free Scottish Islands Passport app to start your collection!

Getting Here

Shetland Islands Council runs a regular ferry service between Grutness on Mainland Shetland to Fair Isle, and a fortnightly service between Lerwick on Mainland Shetland and Fair Isle during the summer.

Airtask operates regular flights between Tingwall on Mainland Shetland and Fair Isle.

More information: getting to Mainland Shetland

Explore More

Want to find out more about Fair Isle and explore more of our amazing islands?

Download the free Scottish Islands Passport app to:

  • discover your perfect island match,
  • find out about the experiences each island has to offer,
  • collect passport stamps for the islands you visit,
  • find information on accommodation, travel and island amenities.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.