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Fair Isle Bird Observatory & Guest House

Fair Isle, Shetland ZE2 9JU
Contact Name: Susannah Parnaby
Tel: +44 (0)1595 760258
Email: fiboadministrator@btconnect.com
Website: http://www.fairislebirdobs.co.uk

Disabled Access - Yes Internet Access - Yes No Smoking No Pets Cot Available - Yes Tea/Coffee Facilities - Yes Hairdryer Available - Yes Evening Meal Available - Yes Restaurant Available - Yes Packed Lunch Available - Yes
STA Member Member of Shetland Tourism Association -
Sleeps 9

Comfortable, en-suite, full-board accommodation in a unique setting.Whether you've come for the seabirds, rare migrants, fascinating social and cultural history, or just to get away from it all, the Observatory Guest House makes a great base for exploring the island.

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Establishment Overview

Situated in the north of Fair Isle, the Fair Isle Bird Observatory Guest House offers comfortable en-suite accommodation in a stunning setting, overlooking the iconic Sheep Rock and peaceful Havens. In just a few minutes walk you can be enjoying the stillness of North Haven beach, or watching the antics of the puffins on Buness.

There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved with activities at the Observatory, including morning trap rounds with the wardens to see birds being ringed, guided walks and talks, night-time storm petrel ringing in late summer, and relaxing in the lounge-bar in the evening with hot chocolate (or something stronger!) and our legendary home-bakes as we go through the birds seen that day.

Not a birder? Fair Isle has 26 miles of beautiful coastline and a fascinating social and cultural history to explore, from evidence of the first Neolithic settlers to the role Fair Isle played in past and more recent conflicts. Fair Isle still plays host to a skilled craft community, with a mixture of traditional knitwear and more modern textiles produced on the island.

For information on prices, discounts, special offers and events, please visit our website.


Single room Rates start at: £80 per night
Double/Twin Rates start at: £75 per person per night
Single occupancy Rates start at: £90 per night
Special rates 0-24 years old Rates start at: 0-5 years - FREE; 6-16 years - £35; 17-24 years - £40 per night


How to get here from Shetland

Direct Flight operate regular flights from Tingwall airstrip (nr Lerwick). For information on timetables and to book call: 01595 840246

The Good Shepherd ferry runs from Grutness pier (nr Sumburgh) to Fair Isle on Tuesdays, alternate Thursdays and Saturdays between May and September, with a sailing every other Thursday from Lerwick. For information on timetables and to book call: 01595 760363

The Observatory operates a pick-up/drop off service at the airstrip and pier for guests.


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