Foula | Paul Turner

About

Foula’s five square miles is home to around 35 people, thousands of birds, hundreds of hardy Shetland ponies and colourful sheep, and even its own subspecies of field mouse. The island is also known for its five distinctive peaks, including one of the highest sheer sea cliffs in Britain – Da Kame (1,233 ft).

Famous For

  • Birds. Foula’s old Norse name was Fugla-ey - ‘bird island’. The impressive sandstone cliffs and open moorland are perfect for birdlife, including high numbers of ‘bonxies’ (great skua).
  • Michael Powell’s classic film ‘Edge of the World’ was made in Foula in 1936, starring some of the islanders. The story was based on the evacuation of the island of St Kilda.
  • Still celebrating Christmas and New Year on 6th and 13th January respectively, according to the Julian calendar.
  • Foula is designated a National Scenic Area and has environmental designations covering its birds, seabird colonies, blanket bog and rock geomorphology.

Ask an Islander

  • The Sneck ida Smaallie is an impressive rock fault, best visited using the services of a guide.
  • The Watter o’da Sneug spring on Foula’s highest peak is said to have healing properties.
  • The island has more than its fair share of musical talent and songs such as ‘Farewell Fugley Isle’ and ‘Simmer Dim’ originated there.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation

Foula Heritage - accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about Foula at the links below

Foula Heritage

Promote Shetland

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


A passenger ferry from Walls (and occasionally Scalloway) on Shetland Mainland is operated by BK Marine. Extra Saturday sailings in summer. Booking required.

Flights from Tingwall on Shetland Mainland are operated by Airtask for Shetland Islands Council.

Find out more about getting to Mainland Shetland.

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.