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Fair Isle Lodge & Bird Observatory

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't stay at the observatory as we lodged elsewhere on Fair Isle but did use their facilities a couple of times. Lovely friendly atmosphere, it was great to be able to take a break from walking and have a sit down, chat to people, make a drink and eat our sandwiches. Bird watchers will find excellent, well organised facilities... More 

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Thank MarciaBrown
AdministratorFI... F, General Manager at Fair Isle Lodge & Bird Observatory, responded to this review

I'm glad you felt welcome at the Observatory and enjoyed your time on Fair Isle Marcia, thank you for your kind review. More 

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The lodge is well located so that you can easily walk either north or south without getting tired! If your feet have had enough the friendly and helpful staff will give you a lift either way. Our room was comfortable with ensuite facilities. The food was simple but well cooked. Lots of books and other information, with a visitor centre... More 

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Thank Sheila S
AdministratorFI... F, Manager at Fair Isle Lodge & Bird Observatory, responded to this review

Thank you for the review Sheila, we really appreciate it when guests leave feedback. Personal experiences really help capture what a visit to Fair Isle is like, and of course everyone takes away something different with them. More 

North Devon
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12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Fair Isle is a jewel in the middle of nowhere between The Orkneys and The Shetland islands. It is worth a visit for its fabulous wildlife and also for its small but world famous knitwear industry. We recently (end of May 2016) spent three nights at The Fair Isle Bird Observatory. What a surprise! Far from some backpacking hostel which... More 

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Thank Tarkajay
AdministratorFI... F, Manager at Fair Isle Lodge & Bird Observatory, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the lovely review, we're very pleased you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you on the isle again in the future More 

Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

I spent a week at FIBO recently and loved it. The accommodation is very good, the food is good (and plentiful), the bar is well-stocked, there is an extensive library and the staff are excellent. FIBO is ideal for birders of any standard, and help is at hand from the very professional staff and from other knowledgeable birders among the... More 

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Thank CJ50B
AdministratorFI... F, Manager at Fair Isle Lodge & Bird Observatory, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, we do appreciate feedback. We're really pleased you enjoyed your visit and are coming back again, one of the things that makes the Obs special for us is the chance to build up relationships with folk who choose to come back. More 

Queensland, Australia
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

I was on the last plane to land on Fair Isle for the next 4 days. The purpose built Bird Observatory is just that well designed and comfy with a fantastic reference library. The wardens were helpful and knowledgeable and it was fun to listen to the bird call in the evenings to see what birds had been seen. The... More 

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Leiston, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

I have never before stayed in hotel-type accommodation where I wasn't given a key to my room (though you could have one if you asked). Wonderful full board food. I was expecting rather dull Spartan rations but I couldn't have been more wrong. There is one communal table which is a great way to meet new people. We only had... More 

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Moffat, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The location - especially for bird watchers - is perfect. The en-suite rooms are basic but bright, very clean and pleasant. The large communal area and bar are good. The staff are all very helpful and always ready to answer questions, tell you about their research etc. The food is cafeteria style (you queue at the counter and there are... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I stayed at the observatory for three nights. A big highlight is, if you go at the right time, you will see puffins just across the way. The rooms are clean and very comfortable. The food was excellent. The staff are friendly and go well beyond to help you. I am not a bird person but there was plenty of... More 

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3 Thank momotimetobe
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

1st time visiting Fair Isle, stayed two and a half days. FIBO staff are warm welcoming and very helpful. Bedrooms are en suite and very comfortable. We were well catered for with regards to food, communal dining which gives people opportunity to mix and share stories etc and coffee/tea always available. Great setting, don't need to be interested in birds... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Clean, comfortable, spacious rooms. Fabulous location, with breathtaking views from the large and comfortable lounge. Excellent meals--very tasty, lots of variety, healthy stuff as well as "homebakes", and they cater to dietary requirements. Friendly, very sociable atmosphere, and you can be active, or just relax. The staff were very mixed--the administrator was very helpful and competent, but the wardens were... More 

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  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Observatory Guest House provides a great base for exploring the stunning coastal scenery and fascinating history of Fair Isle, with comfortable en-suite full-board accommodation and wonderful views from the lounge-bar out over the sea to Fair Isle's iconic Sheep Rock. As part of Fair Isle Bird Observatory the Guest House also provides visitors with unique opportunities to see bird ringing with the wardens, learn about the wildlife of the isle and perhaps find a rare bird or two passing through on migration. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Fair Isle Lodge & Bird Observatory

Address: Fair Isle Lodge and Bird Observatory | Shetland, ZE2 9JU, Scotland
Location: United Kingdom > Scotland > Shetland Islands > Fair Isle
Number of rooms: 16
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