Frequently Asked Questions - Visit
How many people stay on Fetlar?
There are currently around 70 people permanently resident on Fetlar.
How do I get there?
From within Shetland you can get to Fetlar by car or bus and ferry. From outside Shetland please see our transport page.
Is it expensive to get to Fetlar?
It is not an especially cheap holiday option, but by watching for special offers the costs can be reasonable. Peak season is usually busy and offers are usually very limited.
Are there any places to stay?
Yes there is a B&B at Gord, a self catering cottage; The Lodge in Houbie, and a Camping Bod at Aith.
Are there any places to eat?
The B&B do meals for non residents by prior arrangement. There is a Cafe at the shop which normally runs from May until late August, open from mid morning to late afternoon. Over winter months the cafe is currently open limited hours on Fridays only. Fetlar Interpretive Centre is open May-Septemebr inclusive 7 days a week and offrers hot drinks and snacks such as biscuits and confectionery.
What about toilets?
There are public toilets available at the ferry terminal at Hamars Ness year round. The Fetlar Interpretive Centre and cafe both have toilet facilities available during opening hours.
Whats the weather like?
The weather in Shetland can be very changeable. In general it is cooler in Summer than mainland UK but in winter tends to be milder without the extremes in temperature.
When and where can i see the red necked phalaropes? The best times to see them are from late May/early June through until early July. They may well be around outside of these times but there may be fewer birds around. The best place to see them is generally around the loch of Funzie or from the RSPB hide. Please be aware that if the weather is not good they are often difficult to find. Companies such as Shetland Nature or Shetland Wildlife can provide guides who can help greatly improve your chances of seeing them.
Is there a pub? There is no pub, but the Hall bar is open every Saturday night and many people gather there for a few drinks and sometimes some music.
Is there a mobile signal?
Mobile coverage on the island is quite patchy. Vodafone has the best coverage, other operators coverage is very poor
Is there wireless access anywhere?
Yes there is wireless access at Hamars Ness ferry terminal and all other SIC ferry terminals throughout Shetland. Information is available on the electronic notice board, the network is called SICguest. Free wireless access is also available at Fetlar hall and Fetlar Interpretive Centre
What events are on in Fetlar?
There are several regular events on in Fetlar each year as well as occasional ones. For the latest information see the what's on page
Do you speak Gaelic?
No, Shetland has never had a Gaelic culture, its influences come from Scandanavia. Many Shetland Dialect words have direct Scandanavian equivalents.
Especially noticeable are the Shetland names for birds many of which are used regularly eg a Bonxie is a Great Skua.
How can I comment on my visit?
We have ongoing online visitor surveys, paper forms are available on the island.
If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact Fetlar Developments, who will try there best to answer your questions.