"Fair Isle - More than a Knit Pattern" Fair Isle by kathymof
Fair Isle Travel Guide: 59 reviews and 85 photos
Fair Isle is about half-way between Orkney and the Shetland Islands. It is known as Britain's most isolated inhabited island. There are about 70 full-time residents and a few thousand sheep, along with a few dogs, cats and cattle who call the island home. It is best known for its famous Fair Isle Knit Pattern but birders know the real secret to Fair Isle is the large breeding population of seabirds and the large migratory populations that pass this way.
There are two ways to Fair Isle - water and air. Logan Air flys regularly scheduled flights, weather permitting. The Good Shepherd IV, a ferry, makes trips twice a week from Fair Isle to Sumburgh at the southern tip of Shetland (mainland island). Some people fly back after enduring sea sickness on the way over. The Good Shepherd is actually the mail boat that can take 12 passengers and two small vehicles. It is the first time I have ever seen a ferry's passenger compartment come with seat belts. It is best to stand on deck unless you are told to go in. The fresh air helps prevent sea sickness. The 4-person crew is very gentle with those who get sea sick. I enjoyed the ferry but make sure you are dressed warmly and in windproof garmets, have gloves and a hat. Don't do anything bad on Fair Isle because you can't sneak off this island!
- Pros:An isolated location with wonderful people
- Cons:If you can't enjoy the outdoors and nature, you're in trouble
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