In the second of her island hopping adventures this summer, Leah visited Fair Isle, one of the only inhabited Shetland islands she’d never been to before. Flying in on the small plane from Tingwall for a 4-night stay, Leah, who runs the popular Instagram account Shetland Islands With Leah, was overwhelmed by the warmth and charm of the island community.
Here are her top tips if you’re planning a visit to Fair Isle…
1. See the puffins in summer
It was very emotional going to Fair Isle. I’d heard so much about it but had never been before. Flying in on a bright, sunny day, I was struck by how beautiful it was from above.
As a Shetlander, I’m a huge fan of puffins and seen them countless times before, but nothing prepared me for the sheer number of them on Fair Isle. Seeing them up close at the North Lighthouse at sunset is a memory I’ll treasure forever. Another great place to see them is the cliffs around the ferry terminal, looking southwards towards Sheep Rock.
As well as puffins, there’s so much more bird and wildlife to encounter. See the Fair Isle Bird Observatory website for more information.