FIBO has been a centre of study of migrant birds and breeding seabirds for over 60 years. The Observatory has recently undergone a £4 million rebuild and now boasts 3* accomodation, with all visitor rooms having en-suite facilities. Visitors can relax in the lounge and bar or get involved in the bird ringing and programme of events.
An outstanding record of rare birds (including 31 ‘firsts’ for Britain) has seen the island constantly in the birding headlines, whilst the spectacle of spring and autumn migration can be spectacular. Visitors in the summer will enjoy the Puffins living just a couple of minutes walk from the Observatory, whilst Killer Whales have been seen several times, often from the kitchen windows!
Located on Britain’s most remote inhabited island, the unique culture of Fair Isle attracts people to return to the island again and again. By staying at the Observatory, visitors are supporting the ongoing ornithological work, as well as experiencing a wonderful time in a very special place.