Fair Isle Bird Observatory & Guesthouse

Making your booking

To make a booking please contact the Observatory by email, letter or phone. Because of the logistics involved, we recommend you:

  • Contact the Observatory and make a provisional booking. Let us know the dates you'd like to visit; you pay nothing at this stage, but we'll hold the room for you whilst you organise your transport
  • Arrange your transport onto Fair Isle and then your travel to Shetland
  • Get back in touch with us to let us know that your transport is organised (flight bookings can only be made from early January) and arrange to pay your deposit of £50 per person* to confirm your booking (we take card payments over the phone). We will then send you information about your visit.

    (* 50% of the total amount between 1st September and 14th October).


We are open from mid April to the end of October each year.

FIBO regrets it is unable to accept bookings for single-night stays in May and June each year (during this period the minimum stay is two nights).

Please check with the Observatory with respect to vacancies. The peak migration seasons (May-June and September-October) can be busy, so book early to avoid disappointment. Late availabilities at these times will be posted on the 'noticeboard' on our home page.

Start of advance bookings

Bookings for the 2019 season will be taken from 1st April 2018 (1st March for members of Friends of Fair Isle and tour groups).

For the 2020 season, the corresponding dates are 1st April 2019 and 1st March 2019.