Fetlar Interpretive Centre

The Fetlar Interpretive Centre is at the Beach of Houbie, in a central location within the island. It is a community museum awarded a Visit Scotland four-star tourist attraction.

There is an Information Point for visitors with a comprehensive range of maps and brochures. Wireless internet access is available and is currently free of charge.

For bird-watchers an up-to-date board of the latest sightings will be maintained by the RSPB warden.

For walkers, routes can be recommended to cater for subjects of interest such as geology, archaeology, botany etc.

The museum itself contains various displays on island history, including the award-winning section on Sir William Watson Cheyne and his contribution to antiseptic surgery.

There are films of Fetlar from the 1930s onwards and tapes of island folklore and music.

A collection of crofting and peat flitting tools and equipment, some superb knitting, fascinating nauticalia...

The island's earth heritage and resulting flora and fauna are well covered, too. Multimedia displays can help identify that bird or flower you have seen.

So, whatever your interest, there is surely something here to satisfy your curiosity. You can also get a cup of tea, coffee or chocolate!

The centre is open from 1st May till 30th September and also on demand, during April and October, the normal opening hours are: -

  • Monday to Saturday - 11 am till 4pm
  • Sunday - 12.30 till 4pm
  • Tel: 01957 733206