Far more than just bed and breakfast and not  merely a guest house

a holiday 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

(picture Sumburgh Search and Rescue)

and stay at its iconic South Lighthouse. Where, on a dramatic rocky peninsula surrounded by sea and sky, you can unwind as you experience the comfortable accommodation, excellent food and warm hospitality that is the hallmark of this remote landmark.

For more than a century the lighthouse has withstood the onslaught of ferocious Atlantic storms and even 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 part of its small but vibrant community.

  • High speed satellite broadband available for use by guests and excellent mobile phone reception.

  • 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   


(for 2014 prices deduct £5 from each item)

(These prices are for accommodation and all meals - see below for more details)

£60 per night for a single room. (£70 if staying for only one night)

£55 per person per night for a double/twin room.  (£65 if staying for only one night)

Generous family discounts available - please ask!

Special diet premium £15 - one off payment whatever the length of your stay - see below for details.

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


Full board accommodation includes -

  • Choice of breakfast

  • Packed lunch or light lunch taken at the lighthouse

  • Full evening meal

  • Tea, coffee etc

  • Access to the isle's only unlimited high speed broadband

  • A free taxi service on arrival and departure

We provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten/dairy free or other specialist menus and are always happy to do so, just ask when booking - and please read this next section

Fair Isle's tiny, remote community lives a very long way from its nearest supermarket: specialist food items not readily available on the isle need to be ordered in - often at a premium. We therefore will add a single payment of £15, irrespective of length of stay, to the bill of  guests requiring a specific diet.

Remember that whilst Shetland's world class meat and fish are readily available locally and comparatively inexpensive - most other food items need to be imported and as a result are often considerably dearer than on the Mainland.


email: info@southlightfairisle.co.uk 

or ring: 07752566231 (+447752566231 from outside the UK)





Fair Isle enjoys many 21st Century comforts but it is still genuinely remote; weather changes rapidly and even in summer the island is often cut off for a day or two - at which times you cannot get on or off the isle!


  • 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 for an appointment - don't come!
  • Allow yourself plenty of time - and don't be tempted to cram too much in. 
  • Finally, Always have a plan B!!
  1. The Good Shepherd and DirectFlight only charge for journeys undertaken and will carry you on their next available service.
  2. We do not charge guests for the nights they have been unable to reach the island due to bad weather but extra nights stayed will be charged at the standard rate.
  3. Mobile (cell phone) reception at the lighthouse is good but only O2 and Vodaphone will work on Fair Isle.
  4. There is no electrical power between 11.30pm and 7.30am
  5. We cannot normally take dogs .

*We accept cash, UK cheques or credit transfer

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

South Lighthouse





email: info@southlightfairisle.co.uk

Mobile : 07752566231

(if no answer please send a brief text message and we'll return your call)


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