The island of Foula lies well to the west of the Shetland mainland. Towering sea cliffs some of the highest in the UK make an impressive sight along with the colonies of seabirds.

The island of Foula lies approx 15 miles west of the Shetland mainland. On a clear day it can be seen from Orkney due to its height of 1,371 feet. The spectacular cliffs tower up to 1,200 feet above the sea, the second highest in the UK.

Facilities on the island are limited. The harbour at Ham can provide a safe berth in summer, but can be untenable in higher winds particularly from the south east or north north-east.

The harbour is used several days a week by the ferry but can normally comfortably accommodate two yachts alongside. The depth at the inner end of the pier is around 1.5m but the majority is between 2 and 2.5m+, all depths at chart datum.

A Ranger service provided by the community offers guided walks of the island and is recommended for those interested in the challenging coastal paths. The rangers do not make a formal charge but donations are welcome. To book the Ranger service please contact Sheila Gear on +44 (0)1595 753279. Note: at least 48 hrs notice is required.

Ristie Self Catering are potentially able to provide meals, using local lamb and seafood, but require several days prior notice. Contact them direct via Facebook to discuss your requirements.

Mobile service is limited but there is some 4G service available.

Ham Harbour at Foula

Depth (low water):

1.5m ( inner corner) to 2.5m+ outer end of pier


SIC Small Ports Supervisor: +44 (0)1595 744221

Charges:Please see: SIC Table of Dues
Yacht facilities:Fresh water available (hose required)

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