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Fair Isle
in Great Britain

Home Ports United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Fair Isle
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Fair Isle

Fair Isle is a small island in the Shetland Islands, an archipelago of Scotland located in the North Sea. It is the southernmost of the Shetland Islands and is located between the Shetland mainland and Orkney Islands. The island is three miles long and one and a half miles wide, and is home to around 70 people. Fair Isle has a unique landscape of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and heather-covered hills.

The island has a long history of human habitation, with evidence of prehistoric settlement and Viking occupation. The island was first mentioned in the Orkneyinga Saga, written in the 13th century. In the 16th century, Fair Isle was part of the Earldom of Orkney, and later became part of the Shetland Islands. In the 19th century, the island was used for sheep farming and fishing, and in the 20th century it became a popular tourist destination.

Fair Isle is renowned for its bird observatory, which was founded in 1948. The observatory is one of the most important birdwatching sites in Europe and is home to more than 200 species of birds. The island is also known for its traditional Fair Isle knitting, which is a type of stranded knitting characterized by its intricate patterns. Fair Isle sweaters are popular all over the world and are a symbol of the island's unique heritage.

Fair Isle is a unique and beautiful island, steeped in history and culture. Its stunning landscape, rich wildlife and traditional crafts make it a popular destination for visitors from all over the world.

Excursion tips for a day in Fair Isle

As a tourist in Fair Isle in Great Britain, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in a single day. Here are some of the top things to do:

1. Take a guided tour of the Fair Isle Bird Observatory - a great way to get to know the local birdlife and learn about the island’s important conservation efforts.
2. Visit the Fair Isle Heritage Centre to learn about the island’s history, culture and geology.
3. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the island, taking in the stunning scenery, spotting wildlife and visiting local historical sites.
4. Take a boat trip to explore the surrounding waters and spot whales, dolphins, seabirds and other marine life.
5. Visit the local lighthouse and take in the breathtaking views of the island and the sea.
6. Sample some of the local cuisine at one of the island’s cafes and restaurants.
7. Spend some time in the local shops and galleries, browsing for souvenirs and local crafts.
8. Relax on one of the island’s many beaches and take a dip in the sea.
9. Spend an evening in the local pub enjoying traditional music and stories.
10. Visit the Fair Isle Folk Museum and explore the island’s fascinating traditional culture.

Experience Fair Isle with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Fair Isle. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Fair Isle

The climate in Fair Isle, Great Britain is generally mild throughout the year, with lots of rain and wind. During the winter, temperatures rarely drop below freezing, with an average temperature of around 6°C. Spring brings a bit more warmth, with temperatures reaching around 10°C. Summer is usually quite mild and wet, with temperatures between 12-15°C, while autumn is usually quite windy and wet, with temperatures between 8-10°C.

Cruise weather for Fair Isle

Our weather forecast for Fair Isle helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 13.7 °C
min: 12.3 °C
30.2 m/s
39.6 m/s
99.5 %
20.1 m
93.9 %
1,004 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 12.7 °C
min: 12.1 °C
28.1 m/s
36.7 m/s
64.2 %
13.2 m
86.8 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 12.7 °C
min: 12.1 °C
29.2 m/s
42.8 m/s
92.8 %
23.1 m
91.5 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 12.1 °C
min: 11.4 °C
37.8 m/s
51.1 m/s
98.3 %
21.8 m
86.4 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 13.0 °C
min: 11.8 °C
29.0 m/s
41.8 m/s
88.3 %
24.1 m
86.9 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 13.2 °C
min: 12.1 °C
34.2 m/s
53.3 m/s
88.1 %
22.8 m
94.5 %
1,004 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 13.1 °C
min: 12.1 °C
42.1 m/s
56.9 m/s
37.6 %
24.1 m
83.2 %
999 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 12.8 °C
min: 12.1 °C
25.9 m/s
37.4 m/s
87.4 %
23.3 m
85.3 %
1,004 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 12.5 °C
min: 12.1 °C
32.0 m/s
46.4 m/s
80.0 %
23.9 m
91.9 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 12.7 °C
min: 12.3 °C
25.6 m/s
40.0 m/s
87.8 %
24.1 m
91.2 %
1,022 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 12.6 °C
min: 12 °C
14.0 m/s
15.8 m/s
59.6 %
24.1 m
86.8 %
1,023 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 12.8 °C
min: 11.9 °C
14.8 m/s
18.0 m/s
58.6 %
24.1 m
89.8 %
1,018 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 13.5 °C
min: 12.2 °C
16.9 m/s
19.8 m/s
70.2 %
24.1 m
87.0 %
1,015 hPa

Cruises to Fair Isle

Would you like to travel to Fair Isle on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Fair Isle.

Scheduled ship calls in Fair Isle, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
May 1st 2025 Thursday, 1st of May 2025 Silver Endeavour 09:30 am 04:00 pm
May 5th 2025 Monday, 5th of May 2025 Silver Endeavour 10:30 am 03:00 pm
Jun. 4th 2025 Wednesday, 4th of Jun. 2025 Silver Wind Expedition 02:30 pm 08:00 pm
Jun. 29th 2025 Sunday, 29th of Jun. 2025 Seabourn Venture 02:00 pm 06:00 pm
Jul. 20th 2025 Sunday, 20th of Jul. 2025 Silver Wind Expedition 02:30 pm 08:00 pm
Aug. 1st 2025 Friday, 1st of Aug. 2025 Scenic Eclipse 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jun. 18th 2026 Thursday, 18th of Jun. 2026 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jun. 19th 2026 Friday, 19th of Jun. 2026 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jun. 20th 2026 Saturday, 20th of Jun. 2026 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am

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