Malcolm's Head and Sheep Rock, Fair Isle

This fantastic walk takes in some of the best coastal scenery and features on Fair Isle with good opportunities to spot puffins in the late spring and summer, it also visits the beach and jetty at North Haven and the Bird Observatory (currently closed as destroyed by fire March 2019). It considerably shortens the Complete Fair Isle route by omitting the ascent of Ward Hill.


Minor road, grazing fields with stiles (dogs under tight control), pathless coastal sections with short boggy areas.

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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