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There are 3 ways to get from Thurso to Fair Isle by ferry, car ferry or plane

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Ferry, car ferry

  1. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal
  2. Take the car ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick
  3. Take the ferry from Lerwick Shetland Esplanade Ferry Terminal to Fair Isle Shetland Ferry Terminal

Ferry to Kirkwall, fly, ferry

  1. Take the ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal
  2. Fly from Kirkwall (KOI) to Lerwick (LSI)
  3. Take the ferry from Grutness Shetland Ferry Terminal to Fair Isle Shetland Ferry Terminal

Fly from Wick, ferry

  1. Fly from Wick (WIC) to Lerwick (LSI)
  2. Take the ferry from Grutness Shetland Ferry Terminal to Fair Isle Shetland Ferry Terminal
Thurso → Fair Isle
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The distance between Thurso and Fair Isle is 94 miles.

The best way to get from Thurso to Fair Isle without a car is to ferry and car ferry which takes 19h 19m and costs .

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It takes approximately 19h 19m to get from Thurso to Fair Isle, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Kirkwall Airport to Lerwick Airport is the direct flight which takes 40 min.

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Loganair offers flights from Kirkwall Airport to Lerwick Airport.

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The best way to get from Thurso to Wick Airport is to line 82 bus which takes 50 min and costs £4 - £7.

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Map of how to get from Thurso to Fair Isle.
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  • Distance: 93.9 miles
  • Duration: 19h 19m

What companies run services between Thurso, Scotland and Fair Isle, Scotland?

There is no direct connection from Thurso to Fair Isle. However, you can take the bus to Scrabster, Ferry Terminal, take the walk to Scrabster Ferry Terminal, take the ferry to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal, take the walk to Stromness, Travel Centre, take the bus to Hatston, Passenger Terminal, take the walk to Kirkwall, take the car ferry to Lerwick, take the walk to Lerwick, Shetland Hotel, take the bus to Lerwick, Esplanade, take the walk to Lerwick Shetland Esplanade Ferry Terminal, then take the ferry to Fair Isle Shetland Ferry Terminal. Alternatively, you can take the taxi to Scrabster Ferry Terminal, take the ferry to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal, take the walk to Stromness, Travel Centre, take the bus to Kirkwall, Travel Centre, take the line 4 bus to Kirkwall Airport, Airport Terminal, take the walk to Kirkwall airport, fly to Lerwick, take the walk to Sumburgh Airport, Terminal, take the bus to Grutness, Pier, take the walk to Grutness Shetland Ferry Terminal, then take the ferry to Fair Isle.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Kirkwall to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
£75 - £390
Flights from Wick to Lerwick via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£110 - £310
Ferry operators
NorthLink Ferries
Phone
+44 845 600 0449
Email
info@northlinkferries.co.uk
Website
northlinkferries.co.uk
Ferry from Scrabster Ferry Terminal to Stromness Orkney Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£13 - £19
Website
NorthLink Ferries
Low
£13 - £17
Peak
£16 - £19
Car ferry from Kirkwall to Lerwick
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
£18 - £35
Website
NorthLink Ferries
Low
£18 - £22
Peak
£26 - £31
Shetland Ferries
Website
shetland.gov.uk
Ferry from Lerwick Shetland Esplanade Ferry Terminal to Fair Isle Shetland Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Once a week
Website
Shetland Ferries
Ferry from Grutness Shetland Ferry Terminal to Fair Isle Shetland Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Once a week
Website
Shetland Ferries

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