Far more than just bed and breakfast and not  merely a guest house a holiday staying at the historic South Lighthouse on Fair Isle is an experience not to be missed!

For a  magical 'get-away-from-it-all' break you'll long remember visit lovely Fair Isle, Scotland's remotest inhabited island -

(picture Sumburgh Search and Rescue)

and stay at its historic South Lighthouse where, surrounded by sea and sky on a dramatic rocky peninsula, you can unwind in comfort as you experience the cozy hospitality and excellent food to be found at this beautiful, iconic landmark.

For well over a century this 'Stevenson' lighthouse (a listed building) has withstood the onslaught of ferocious Atlantic storms and even of air raids - yet it remains a bright, peaceful haven; the perfect base from which to explore fabulous Fair Isle.


  • Experience a friendly welcome with lashings of good, home cooked food - much of which is locally produced and sourced.

  • Discover the fascination and quiet beauty of Britain's remotest inhabited island from within, as a member of its small, friendly and vibrant community.

  • High speed satellite broadband available for use by guests and good mobile phone reception. Note - only O2 and Vodaphone reception is available on Fair Isle

  • Fair Isle is the most unspoilt part of the Shetland Isles,  recently voted by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 10 places to visit - in the world!

  • Fair Isle itself is No. 5 in the National Geographic list of the world's best islands   


(These prices include accommodation and all meals)

  •  £75 per night for a single room.  (£85 if staying one night)
  • £70 per person per night for a double/twin room.  (£80 if staying one night)
  • Generous family discounts available - please ask!‚Äč
  • Special diet premium £25 - one off payment, whatever the length of your stay - see below* 

(It is essential to have booked transport to the island before provisional reservations can be confirmed - see our 'Getting Here!' page for more information.)

Please note that we cannot take debit or credit cards. Cash, UK Cheques or Bank Transfers are all acceptable


Accommodation includes -

  • Choice of breakfast

  • Packed lunch or light lunch taken at the lighthouse

  • Full evening meal

  • Tea, coffee etc

  • Free access to high speed broadband

  • A free taxi service on arrival and departure

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten/dairy free or other specialist menus can be provided, just mention your requirements when booking - and please read this next section

*Fair Isle's tiny, remote community lives well of the beaten track and a very long way from its nearest supermarket. Specialist food items have to be ordered - often at a premium. We therefore will add a single payment of £25, irrespective of length of stay, to the bill of  guests requiring a specific diet.

Whilst Shetland's world class meat and fish are readily available locally and are comparatively inexpensive, other food items need to be brought in and as a result often cost more than they would on the Mainland.



email: info@southlightfairisle.scot







Fair Isle is genuinely remote and its rapidly changing weather  can unexpectedly affect travel. In addition, due to this remoteness even minor problem affecting the transport schedule can take longer to remedy than might be the case elsewhere.

This means that, even in summer, there is ALWAYS a distinct possible that you might not be able to get on or off the island on the day you expect.

Therefore -

  • Travellers with tickets valid for a specific journey should allow for delays.  
  • Those exploring Shetland should visit Fair Isle early in their holiday 
  • You may wish to consider travel insurance. 
  • If you need to get back on time - don't come!
  • Don't cram too much into one holiday, allow plenty of leeway. 
  • Finally, never chance it - always travel with a plan B!!
(Note that The Good Shepherd and Airtask only charge for journeys undertaken and will carry you on their next available service.)


  1. Mobile (cell phone) reception at the lighthouse is good but only the O2 and Vodaphone networks currently work on Fair Isle - whatever your operator may say!
  2. You will not be charged for the nights you have been unable to reach Fair Isle due to bad weather but extra nights stayed will be charged at the standard rate
  3. Dogs are not generally allowed as the lighthouse is in open sheep country



Portrait of the South Lighthouse by Fair Isle artist, the late Stewart Wilson

South Lighthouse






 **for all bookings Mid January - Early May 2020**

please contact


tel 07919156827



For bookings after this contact




On Fair Isle it is now-





Many thanks to Tommy Hindman for the banner photo - for more of his work see www.fairisle.blogspot.com

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