Fair Isle Bird Observatory & Guesthouse

Ranger service

Thanks to support from NatureScot, the Observatory is able to offer a free ranger service to all visitors to the island from May through to the end of October.

Currently events are not scheduled and occur on a request basis - the Ranger Service offers a wide range of activities open to all, which can be anything including guided walks, trips to the Puffin colonies in the summer, bird ringing demonstrations and rock-pooling to name a few. If you would like to arrange one of these activities or if there is something that you are particularly interested in, please get in touch with the Ranger (who is currently based at the South Lighthouse) via email at ranger@fairislebirdobs.co.uk.

It is recommended that before your arrival to the island, you should take a look at the visitor information pack (click here), which includes a code of conduct on the Isle, current Covid-19 preventative precautions and a detailed map (the map can also be found here). Please feel free to save it and/or print it out to take with you to the Isle. If you don’t get the chance to do so before your visit, packs can be made available on request – just ask your accommodation provider or the Ranger directly.

Please note that whilst we try very hard to ensure visitors are able to participate in all of the activities they are interested in, this is not always possible, given the unpredictability of wildlife, weather etc. If there is something you are particularly hoping to do during your stay, it is often a good idea to mention it when booking with your accommodation provider or by emailing the Ranger before your visit, and again on arrival.

For current Covid-19 government guidelines and what steps you should take before your visit to Fair Isle, please click the ‘Getting to Fair Isle’ link on the left of this page.


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