Shetland Islands: Attractions and more...
When the climate permits, one should make a tour from Lerwick to Bressay which is a distance of 1.6 Kms. There are some excellent viewpoints in the Ward of Bressay. At the southmost tip of Bressay lies the Orkneyman’s Cave from where one can take a boat trip. A visit to Bressay generally requires one hour.
Fair Isle is located 39 Kms towards the southwest of the southmost point of Mainland in Shetland Islands. This place can be reached by plane in 25 mins from Tingwall Airport or by ferry in 2 hrs 30 mins from Grutness. The origin of the name lies in “fridarey” which is a Nordic word meaning “peaceful island.” Ornithologists are attracted towards Fair Isle.
There are thousands of birds of 340 different species in this place which is inhabited by only 70 people. Kittiwakes, puffins, storm petrels, razorbills, fulmars and great skuas are found in large number. During autumn and spring, one can find numerous migratory birds. Overnight accommodation is possible at Fair Isle Lodge and Bird Observatory.
Fetlar Reserve is loved by ornithologists as they can view storm petrels, red-necked phalaropes, curlews, merlins and great skuas. Along the shoreline one can also find seals.