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Fair Isle




Fair Isle

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Fair Isle lies midway between Orkney and Shetland, but is a ‘must see’
destination in its own right, so we spent a few days there enjoying the peace and tranquility, bird life, landscape/seascape and sunshine. As you see, we were berthed in the North Haven next to the island’s lifeline vessel the ‘Good Shepherd’. Fair Isle is Britain’s most isolated inhabited island – population approx. 70 – with life (other than the Bird Observatory) mainly based around traditional crofting supplemented with various craft activities. The coastline is very rugged with geos, cliffs, stacks and skerries all around, with the shoreline easily accessible in only a few places. We enjoyed a slide show on South Georgia at the Observatory last night and this afternoon left for Shetland. We are now in Scalloway and looking forward to exploring the west coast of Shetland before making for Lerwick.

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