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Traveling to Fair Isle?


Fair Isle - Shetland Islands - Scotland - UK.

Hello, it's a lot easier than it looks… really there are just so many options. From London, Aberdeen or Edinburgh etc. you would need to fly to Shetland’s Sumburgh airport. This can be direct or with stops depending on the time day or flights you choose. You may also take the over night Northlink Ferry from Aberdeen or Orkney to Lerwick, Shetland then on to Fair Isle. Of course some people prefer to arrive in style with their private plane or yacht... no matter how you get here, the travelling on and off island is part of what makes Fair Isle such an awesome experience.

The Boat (Fair Isle's Good Shepherd Ferry) goes every other day so it seems a bit confusing the 1st time. Many of the ferry boat crew are also part of the fire crew at the Fair Isle airport, this helps to explain the travel schedule. The plane has 1 or 2 flights a day, with no flights on Sunday.

From Sumburgh airport the easiest way is a small 8 to 10 seat plane on Saturdays only at 11:30 am. It books up fast so sometimes it’s not an option. takes about 10 minutes flying time.

By Sea? Also from Sumburgh you can take a quick Taxi (5 pounds?) or even walk about 2 miles to the Good Shepherd Ferry Boat to the depart for Fair Isle (15 pounds each Tues. Thur. Sat.) This is cheap! and no weight restriction on luggage, cameras, scope, bike, etc. If you take the Northlink Ferry you land in Lerwick and would need to take the bus to Sumburgh pier ( about 3 pounds and one hour ride) Warning! Once on the Good Shepherd the boat does move with the waves and the tides so make sure you bring your sea legs.

By Air? Leave Sumburgh on a nice bus to Lerwick (3 pounds each - trip 1 hour) in Lerwick then catch a Taxi Cab to near by Tingwall airport (about 5 pounds) and get a small 8-10 seat plane to fair isle (56 pounds round trip - each adult- trip time 25 min.). When planning a Shetland holiday it is better to book your small flights 1st because there are so few seats and so few options and these sometimes conflict with the large airlines schedules.  

Travel plans often change on Fair Isle

Example 1: I wanted to leave on Monday’s plane but we had fog and then had to take the boat on Tuesday as the boat can travel in fog. 

Example 2: We have a Gale and all transport is cancelled and you had planned to take the boat, the next day the wind drops but the sea is still to high. So you take the plane, if they have room of course. 

Example 3: Don't save the best for last. You visit Shetland for 2 weeks and come to Fair Isle for your last night before heading back to Australia. (Not a good idea!) If you get stuck due to weather... your major international airline ticket holders don't care that you missed your local transport out of Fair Isle. (Flybe and the Northlink out of Shetland are some what sympathetic) but your international flights you will most likely need to rebuy, reschedule  and rebook all your tickets and it's a costly huge mess!

That is why I suggest when visiting Shetland and you want to come to Fair Isle, come here first, then you wont mess up your larger travel plans before leaving Shetland. 

Auld Haa Guest House - Fair Isle - Shetland Islands - Scotland - UK

If your planning to stay at our Auld Haa Guest House please let me know what days your thinking of and then we will give you our the best advice.

Tommy  ph# 01595 760 349   from USA or International ph# 011 44 1595 760 349



The Good Shepherd Ferry Service

Fair Isle - Sumburgh, Shetland
Summer 1st May - 18th September
FAIR ISLE/
SUMBURGH
DEPART
FAIR ISLE
ARRIVE
SUMBURGH
DEPART
SUMBURGH
ARRIVE
FAIR ISLE
TUESDAY
07.30
10.00 (approx)
11:30
14.10 (approx)
ALTERNATE
THURSDAY
         
07.30
10.00 (approx)
11:30
14.10 (approx)
SATURDAY
07.30
10.00 (approx)
11:30
14.10 (approx)

Fair Isle - Lerwick - every other Thursday

FAIR ISLE/
LERWICK
DEPART
FAIR ISLE
ARRIVE
LERWICK
DEPART
LERWICK
ARRIVE
FAIR ISLE
ALTERNATE
THURSDAY
06.00
10.30 (approx)
15.15
19.45 (approx)
Winter Ferry Service: Tuesday only (weather permitting)

All bookings to Tel. 01595 760 228 
and must be confirmed 24 hrs before departure. 
 
Fair Isle's Good Shepherd
Northlink Ferry as seen from the Auld Haa Garden - Fair Isle
      

Northlink Ferry Boat,  Aberdeen – Lerwick

Ferry Ticket Reservations By Telephone   09067 533 451

Over night ferry from Aberdeen, Scotland to Lerwick, Shetland Price varies on seat or cabin - round trip etc.. goes nightly. Usually cheaper and much slower than plane from Aberdeen but you can travel with while sleeping.

 


Direct Flight - Shetland - Tingwall (Lerwick) to Fair Isle