Fair Isle Bird Observatory & Guesthouse

General information

Fair Isle is 4.8 km (3.0 miles) in length and 2.4 km (1.5 miles) wide. The total length of the coastline, with all its intricacies, is difficult to estimate, but may be over 32 km (20 miles), with 24 km (15 miles) being a best guess at an entire walking circuit. It has an area of 768 hectares (3 square miles).


For weather forcasts, live webcam images and links to detailed weather data.

Useful island information

Information on shops, churches, the museum, telephone reception etc

Knitters & crafters

Where to see and buy the distinctive, local knitware.


What rocks make up Fair Isle? Discover where fossils and copper have been found.

Scenery & landforms

The diverse landscape of Fair Isle is dominated by cliffs, stacks and arches.

The crofts

The island's crofts are located in the south.



History of the Observatory

The Observatory was founded in 1948, but bird studies started c.50 years earlier

Other wildlife

Find out about the flowers, insects and sea mammals.