Fair Isle59°32’.30N 001°36’.30W
(Open Days Event 18th/19th July)
- Endorfina 17th to 18th July
- Auno 18th to 19th July
- Ocean Spirit of Moray 18th to 19th July
- Esprit 18th to 19th July
- Sirma, Miles to Go, Constantia, Liv, Spaniel, St Iv 19th to 20th July
- Jens Krogh 17th July
- Rupel, Zenobe Gramme, 19th to 20th July
- Tomidi - 19th - 20th July
- Ocean Spirit of Moray - 18th July
- Prolific, Camelot (no date given but confirmed)
- Class A ship Sorlandet to anchor on 19th July
Subject to change and weather
FAIR ISLE FULL For night of 19th
|Contact Name||Jimmy Stout|
|Telephone||+44 (0) 1595 760 222|
Fair Isle is a beautiful island 6km long by 3km wide. Its 70 inhabitants live mostly at the south end, a walk of about 3km from the beautiful sandy harbour at the north. When at the south, visitors can enjoy the small museum, see traditional Fair Isle knitting and visit the well-stocked local shop. There is also opportunity to view the construction of spinning wheels and straw backed chairs.
Near the harbour is the newly completed Fair Isle Lodge - world famous since 1948 as a bird observatory - here one can get a talk by a skilled ornithologist on the work which they do, along with a demonstration of ringing, weighing and measuring of birds. Meals, bar facilities, toilets and shower facilities are all available at the Lodge. Internet access is also available.
Comprehensive weather brieﬁngs available.
Distances in Nautical Miles - Greenock 450 Lerwick 40
- Quay - Length 50m • Depth 5m
- Tidal Considerations 1.5 - 1.7m rise/fall
- Safe anchorage for larger vessels in Bay of Furse just outside harbour
Further Port Information
Stop by for the real Fair Isle experience
This gem of an island, which is just 5km long by 3km wide, may be small, but it certainly packs a punch with its stunning coastline, dramatic cliffs, beaches and outstanding birdlife.
Once here, you may never want to leave, as the local community are gearing up for an eventful two days (18 – 19 July) to showcase the island’s rich cultural heritage, as they welcome a number of Tall Ships and their crews ashore. Take part, enjoy the atmosphere, and, above all, bask in the warm welcome that awaits you.
Activities organised for the two days aim to give visitors a real taste of the culture, history and wildlife of Fair Isle.
- Tours: to the Museum and Lighthouse – with an experienced guide
- Guided walks/talks: learn about the local archaeology, meteorology, wild flowers, spinning wheels, traditional yoals and Fair Isle chairs
- Fair Isle Bird Observatory – a fascinating walk to the world-renowned observatory for a talk and slide show
- Football matches – get into the competitive spirit and choose a team to support as Fair Isle takes on the ‘Rest of the World’!
Throughout the two days the Community Hall will be open, offering snacks and lunch. A rolling slideshow will also be showcased as well as a photo gallery. Take the opportunity to discover and buy the many local crafts, including the famous knitwear, for which the islanders are renowned.
There’s plenty for the children to enjoy too. A two-day filming and music workshop with artist and musician, Conrad Ivitsky, is lined up, where budding creatives are invited to put together a short ‘Sagas and Sea Lanes’ film, exploring their response to the visiting ships.
Fair Isle to Tall Ships barter
A real highlight will be witnessing the locals as they bring to life an important part of the Fair Isle history as they ‘barter’ with the passing vessels. Watch this exciting cultural exchange as hand-knitted keps [traditional Fair Isle fishermen’s hats], fresh produce and postcards from the school are exchanged with the international crews.
As the sun begins to set, the party spirit will continue with a barbecue, dancing, singing and socialising. Soak up the atmosphere, chat to locals and fellow travellers and reflect on your experiences of the day, whilst enjoying the rich sounds of musicians and the Inge Thomson band as they play into the night.
For further information on events, accommodation and transport to and from the island please contact: