Getting Here


Fair Isle can be reached from the Shetland mainland either by sea or by air. Bear in mind that travel to the island can be disrupted by high winds and fog, at any time of year. Booking in advance is highly recommended.

By sea

Good Shepherd IV. © Dave Wheeler
Good Shepherd IV. © Dave Wheeler

The Good Shepherd IV carries twelve passengers, and the journey takes about two and a half hours. In summer the ferry sails three times a week to/from Grutness at the south end of Shetland (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) and once a fortnight it sails to Lerwick. In winter there is only one sailing per week (Tuesday).

Good Shepherd bookings and information:
​01595 760363

Yachts can tie up at the North Haven, with a small nightly charge for use of the harbour.  

By air

Flights from Shetland

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Flights leaves from Tingwall airport, a ten minute drive from Lerwick. There are flights to the isle each week day, weather permitting, and Saturday flights during the summer months. A subsidised taxi service to Tingwall can be booked at 01595 745745 (must be booked the day before travel).

Airtask bookings : 01595 840246

Or contact via email by sending to:

Private aircraft are welcome to use the Fair Isle airstrip, however, light aircraft must have prior permission and care and experience is required due to the vagaries of the weather.

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