You don't have to be a birdaholic to stay here, though it's impossible not to be bowled over by the puffins. Others came as knitters, painters and plain old seekers of peace and quiet. Plus there's a collection of researchers and volunteers alongside you.As someone else writes, you can be as involved or not as you want. We stayed six days.We came prepared for something fairly spartan so were a little unprepared for spacious rooms, ensuite shower, decent heating, lovely beds. A newspaper review talked of "death by home baking" and you'll certainly not go hungry. My wife is veggie, I'm not-we were both kept more than happy at breakfast (with proper wake-up coffee), lunch, dinner and supper. There's even a large bowl of fruit around to pick at.
Could write loads more but other reviewers have already done it. Faultless.
- 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