The Complete Fair Isle - Ward Hill and the southern coast round

Fair Isle is a difficult place to get to - but well rewards those who make the effort. This magnificent walk takes in most of the island's superb coastal scenery. It begins from the airstrip with the ascent of Ward Hill before following the dramatic and wild western coastline down to Malcolm's Head. It then traverses the southern coast before heading up the east side, passing the remarkable Sheep Rock before reaching the bird observatory (currently closed as destroyed by fire March 2019) and North Haven - where the ferry boat calls - before returning to the airstrip.


Largely grassy clifftop walking, some sections rough and care needed near the cliffs. There are stiles or gates to help pass all fences.

Public Transport

Fair Isle is served by both air and ferry links from mainland Shetland. Only the air service allows a day visit if not planning to stay on the island overnight, with varying amounts of time between flights on different days. Advance booking is essential as flights are busy in the summer season.


Fair Isle airstrip. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

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