It's fair to say that Fair Isle is the most remote of Shetland's rural churches. Twenty plus miles south west of Shetland mainland with a human population of some 55-70 souls and birds beyond number the island is owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland whose bird observatory is a major attraction for orthithologists worldwide. The island is divided into crofts and sheep and wool and tourism are major factors in the island economy. Fair Isle has two churches (Methodist and Church of Scotland) and services tend to alternate between the two. Rev John Best - who you may remember from the television programmes about Fair Isle - is the resident Methodist minister responsible for Fair Isle.
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How to find us
By air: Fly from Tingwall airport (to the west of Lerwick on the A971). Flights are weather dependent. View the timetable here.
Ring (01595) 840 246 for flight information.
By sea: The Good Shepherd departs from Grutness Pier (weather permitting), once a week on Tuesday in winter, three times a week in summer. Click here for the timetable. Ring (01595) 760 363 for bookings and sailing information.
Finding our churches (text from the Undiscovered Scotland website):
"There are two churches on Fair Isle. The white harled Church of Scotland Kirk was built in 1892 and stands a little to the south of the Fair Isle School and Hall. The Methodist Chapel was built in 1886 and lies close to the south end of the island, near the Fair Isle Haa and the George Waterston Memorial Centre and Museum. Sunday services alternate between the two."
Our Circuit Churches - Fair Isle