Fair Isle Bird Observatory and Guest House


Fair Isle, Fair Isle, Shetland, ZE2 9JU

    Fair Isle Bird Observatory and Guest House is comfortable and unique place to stay whilst visiting the island

    Fair Isle Bird Observatory and Guest House provides a great base from which to explore Fair Isle, whether you're here for the birds or to enjoy the amazing scenery and learn more about the fascinating social and cultural history of the island. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with the work of the Observatory during your stay, including going out with the wardens in the morning to learn about ringing and see birds in the hand, seeing puffins up close on a guided walk with the Ranger or watching Storm Petrels being ringed at night if you're here in the summer.

    We provide full-board, en-suite accommodation, with a visitor centre, small gift shop and comfortable lounge-bar with great views over the Havens and Sheep Rock open to both guests and non-residents alike.

    3 Guest House
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    20 Apr 2016 - 30 Oct 2016

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff*
    Family Room
    £65.00 per person per night (full board)
    Single Room
    £70.00 per person per night (full board)
    Twin Room
    £65.00 per person per night (full board)

    Standard room rate for twin/double/family room: £65 pppn, single: £70 per night, single occupancy £85 per night. Children aged 0-5 free, children aged 6-12: £30 per night, young people aged 13-25 £32.50 per night All prices are full-board

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


    • Bar Available Bar open every evening
    • Breakfast Available Breakfast available to non-resident guests on a set time, set menu basis if booked in advance
    • Dairy Free Advance notification of dairy free diet required
    • Evening Meal Available Evening meal also available to non-residents on set time, set menu basis if booked in advance
    • Gluten Free Advance notification of gluten free diet required
    • Lunch Available Lunch also available to non-resident visitors on a set time, set menu basis if booked in advance.
    • Nut Free Meals Advance notification of nut free diet required
    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop Small grocery shop on island
    • Tea & Coffee Available Tea and coffee facilities in lounge free to guests and to visitors for a small donation
    • Vegan Meals Available Advance notification of vegan diet required
    • Vegetarian Advance notification of vegetarian diet required
    • Vegetarian Food Available Advance notification of vegetarian diet required


    • Indoor Drying Facility Airers are available in the guest laundry for drying clothes. We also have a boot room for outdoor clothing.
    • Lounge We have a large comfortable lounge for the use of guests and non-resident visitors
    • Payphones Available A payphone is located in reception
    • Shower Non-resident visitors can use public showers for a small fee
    • Shower Ensuite
    • Toilets Non-resident visitors are welcome to use the toilets in the public areas
    • Towels Provided Towels are provided free of charge in guest rooms
    • Washing Machine A washing machine is available for use by guests and non-resident visitors for a small fee

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Gift Shop No fixed opening hours, please feel free to browse.
    • No Television
    • WiFi There is a small charge for Wi-Fi

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • VISA Card


    • Bike Storage Available
    • Free Parking On-Site


    • Children Welcome
    • Cot Available
    • Highchair Available


    • Level Access We have a downstairs bedroom, with adapted bathroom. Public facilities are all accessible on the ground floor.
    • No Smoking Permitted Smoking is not permitted within the building. Guests and visitors are asked to dispose of cigarette butts in the bin provided by the front entrance.
    • Open To Non Residents Non-resident visitors are welcome to make use of Observatory facilities and participate in activities.


    • Coastal Location
    • Island Location
    • Remote Location

    Special Requirements

    • Disabled Citizens We have a downstairs bedroom, with bathroom modified for disabled access. Public facilities are all accessible on the ground floor
    • No Pets Allowed

    Public Transport Directions

    Guests arriving by aeroplane or on the Good Shepherd ferry will be met at the airstrip or the pier by Observatory staff.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp, lift or stair lift
      • from the entrance to reception
      • to a public toilet
      • to one or more bedrooms
      • to the bar
      • to the lounge

    General Questions

    • Non-smoking policy throughout establishment
    • Proprietors/staff available 24-hours

    Restaurant / Breakfast / Dining Room

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to the restaurant/breakfast/dining-room
    • Restaurant / breakfast / dining room provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements

    Bedrooms and Bathrooms: General

    • Bedrooms with non-allergic bedding available (e.g. non-feather pillows)
    • Bathrooms available with :
      • level entry shower
    • Bedroom furniture can be re-arranged if requested by the guest


    • Drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance
    • Route from the parking area to the entrance is :
      • flat, (i.e. without steps)

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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