Foula | Paul Turner

Ask an Islander

Foula, the island on the edge of the world, and the most westerly of the Shetland archipelago is strikingly beautiful with the largest sea stacks in the UK – after uninhabited St Kilda – and some of the best wildlife experiences in the North Isles.

Islander Leona Gear shared her favourite aspects of island life, beginning with the best places to walk on the island. “I don’t think there is a bad place to go for a walk, Foula is beautiful and there is always something interesting to see but when you stand at the top of Da Sneug you do feel like you have reached the top of the world.”

Leona explains that one of the greatest things about Foula is experiencing the simmer dim [midsummer]. At this time of the year, darkness never really falls, and Gaada Stack is a fantastic place to see in da simmer dim.

Traditionally, Foula is a very musical isle, and this musical heritage continues today as Leona tells us. “A fairly new, but so far annual event, that has been happening is Foula Fest in July. It’s a small music festival with talented musicians from around Shetland staying in Foula for a weekend of music, walks and food. There are also music sessions throughout the year, usually at the weekends.”

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The passport stamp for Foula depicts the iconic Gaada Stack. Download the free Scottish Islands Passport app to start collecting!

Getting Here

A passenger ferry to Foula from Walls (and occasionally Scalloway) on Mainland Shetland 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.

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