Fair Isle Best Times: June - August.
Lying half way between Orkney and Shetland, Fair isle is principally famous for its colourful knitwear, historic shipwrecks and birdlife, being a renowned destination for spotting migratory species. Owned by the National Trust for Scotland it is home to around 60 residents. It is a natural stopping of point on any passage North or South, being a good day sail from either Kirkwall or Westray in Orkney or from Lerwick or Scalloway in Shetland. A good berth can be found in the North haven. The shop at Stackhoul offers a range of groceries to replenish stores. There is also museum and several walking trails offering spectactular views.
Fair isle is a popular spot with cruisers so you are likely to have the company of other yachts during the summer season.
The Fair Isle community also has their own website.
Foula Best Times: June- August.
Foula sometimes referred to as 'the edge of the world' is one of the 'remotest' islands in the group lying around 15 nautical miles west of the Shetland mainland. It is an impressive sight and has one of the highest sea cliffs in Britain, Da Kame at 1233 feet. In fact a film of that name was made on Foula in 1937by Michael Powell with a follow up documentary in 1978, when Powell and some of the surviving cast returned to the island.
There are spectacular coastal walks on Foula and some very knowledgeable local guides are available to help yo make the most of your time. A guide to Foula is available on the Shetland tourist portal. There is also detailed information on the harbour here.
Careful planning is essential if you wish to visit as the harbour is quite small and susceptible to winds from NE to SE but its worth it !
Unst Best Times: May- August.
Locally referred to as the "island above all others", Unst is the most northerly island in the British isles where the famous Muckle Flugga lighthouse guards the northern approaches to Bluemull sound and marks the most northern point in the British Isles. The magnificent cliffs of nearby Hermaness offer some of the most spectacular seabird viewing in country. Unst is also known for its heritage with over 70 viking longhouse sights having been documented. The Unst Heritage Centre documents many of the finds. Just down the road the Unst boat haven and its marvellous collection of local boats should be on you to do list. Victorias vintage tea rooms are just next door if you feel a bit peckish. Sheltered harbours can be found at Baltasound and Uyeasound. For those visiting in mid July the award winning Unstfest offers a huge range of activities and entertainment