Auld Haa Guesthouse

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




New Self-catering Accommodations



As Travel and Tourism start again I am offering Self-catering Accommodation. 
It's not the way I choose to have guests, it's how I can have guests safely.
A preference for longer visits from guests is the new normal.

Self Catering Prices - food can be bought at the Fair Isle Shop.

1 person, 1 room - £70.00 
2 persons, 1 room - £120.00 




Also New! I am starting the Fair Isle Residency Project. 
Artist - Adventurers - Scientists - Craftpeople
People wishing to stay 2 weeks or more can apply for this opportunity.

  If you are willing to stay in my Son's room while he is away at University and give me 20 hours a week of work we might be able to make an arrangement. The work would be physical, gardening, maintenance, house painting, cleaning, etc. After a video chat interview, if you are selected and a time slot is vacant and agreed upon, your stay at the Auld Haa will be self-catered with plenty of free time to enjoy Fair Isle and creative pursuits. If selected use of my Artist Studio at the South Lighthouse a close walk away will also be yours to use and enjoy. At the end of your stay, I would like a work of your art for my collection.

   This may seem to be a great deal seeing how I sometimes rent Henry's room for £100.00 a day. Remember not to over idealize it. I'm sort of a wild guy needing some help getting some stuff done in a place it's hard to find people to help. I like to help other artists too, I know a visit to Fair Isle is an inspiration for a lifetime. If you have a grant or sabbatical and want to work out a longer stay without the work hours and a reduced rate let's talk. If you are traveling with a partner or friend let me know, that might work too. It's all new and I am working with new ideas.


A registered historic building and landmark owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

      

Full Board - When Back to Normal Rates.



Two small but charming rooms with shared bath, access to the dining room,
living room, Garden & Wireless Internet.
One large size bed in each room, very luxurious for one…
made to comfortably sleep two. Shared bathroom.

♦ Price includes Breakfast, Dinner & Dessert ♦
No Lunch


 Food is bought at full retail from Stackhoull Store. Supporting another Fair Isle business as well.

You can pay this much for just a room in most places in Britain.
And we are the most remote! not surprising most things cost more here.

Full Service Prices
 1 person, 1 room - £100.00 
2 persons, 1 room - £160.00 

The Auld Haa has two guestrooms and a third room if necessary, to accommodate children,  students, stranded day-trippers, and desperate birdwatchers when a rare bird is about... 
I may find a bed for you. So give Tommy a call. 01595 760 349

If you want Student Rates, (25 or under with student ID.)
Woofing or can help around the house and garden let me know.
Maybe we can work something out?
{Requires a Video Interview}


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This is not a fancy Guesthouse! no lace doilies here.
This is staying in a weird artist home full of curious art and objects.
Be warned the Auld Haa is run by an independent wild man,
the type of person that would live on a remote island. 

I run the Guesthouse mostly alone,
or sometimes with help from my son or another Islander.

Family-style meals at a shared table. 
A very relaxed atmosphere.
The house cleaning could be better I know!
Most people think it is quite an experience, to say the least.
I have been welcoming guests to my home since 2007.
No one has died yet, but a few almost from laughing.

 Your Host at the "Haa"
 Son Henry & Tommy
"old picture"



Henry is not here much anymore now that he has been off to school or China!
Then Dundee University in the Autumn 2020

So it is mostly just me as the host these days.


Tommy is very creative in the kitchen with culinary inspirations from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, hope you like to eat! The Auld Haa Chocolate Cake is legendary... Whenever possible we serve local vegetables from our own garden, fresh fish, and local game. All guests are accommodated with likes & dislikes, allergies, ways of life. etc. Just make sure Tommy knows if you like Hot! or Not.


I don't supply or sell booze.
You can get wine, beer or spirits at the local shop or bring it with you.
Get some for me too! You are welcome to drink it here in moderation. 



Sparkling Pink Sunset



Historic charm warms the Auld Haa, originally built for the laird of the island in the year 1700. A gathering place that has shown hospitality to many travelers, notably Sir Walter, who visited here in 1814, he was interested in the Islands history and the Spanish Armada shipwreck, the El Gran Griffin of 1588.

Fair Isle's First Heligoland Bird Trap Built at the Auld Haa House - 1949


Fair Isle Aerial Photography





The Auld Haa is close to the Museum, the South Harbor all waiting to be explored. In view off the South Lighthouse, built by Stevenson in 1892, the light shines in the window at night. Make sure to find time to golf the humble but challenging Fair Isle Lighthouse Keepers Golf Course, Watch a few and make a few birdies at the same time. The Auld Haa has great views from the front garden, made even more amazing if you have the chance to see whales or a rare bird species.  Keep a lookout for passing ships as Gannets plunge into the shimmering Sea.


View from the plane.





It's in the air, you'll love it here.




My Oil Painting of the Auld Haa House from the South Harbour



 South Harbour


 Fair Isle Hill Lamb - Free Range Shetland Breed


Puffins are present on Fair Isle, May till the first week in August.

Phone # 01595 760 349   
From USA # 011 44 1595 760 349
Auld Haa Guesthouse
Fair Isle, Shetland Islands
Scotland, UK. ZE2 9J

     email: tommyartgallery@yahoo.com


I have seen Orcas and whales from my front door.
It happens... but not every day or year. good luck!
We see many a passing ships, few as nice as this one.


Island Tractor at Harvest Time

Puffins & Sheep Rock - Fair Isle

The cliffs at the North Lighthouse - Fair Isle


Seal Pup South Harbor 



Beware of the Alligators



Fair Isle Facts
1.       Truly the most remote inhabited island in the UK.
2.       Population about 50 to 60 year-round residents
3.       Population about 50,000 summering Puffins
4.       World Famous as the origin of Fair Isle knitwear
5.       The island is owned by The National Trust for Scotland
6.       Important location for breading Seabirds & migratory species
7.       28 new species for Britain orthogonal records
8.       Holder of the European diploma for environmental living 
9.       Recognized as one of the most scenic places in Britain
10.    Shetlands 2nd busiest international port due to private yachts
11.     Fair Isle is about 1 1/2 by 3 miles in size
12.     The only island for 50 miles between Orkney and Shetland
  
Auld Haa House photographed with the Aurora / Northern Lights in the night, lit by a full Moon.
(8 second exposure - Jan. 3rd, 2015 - Fair Isle)

 Santa visits every year but I'll suggest April through October.
* Open all year round *

Ask Tommy for availability and reservations, 
phone 01595-760-349