Fair Isle has stunning cliff scenery, isolation and squadrons of winged creatures. It's worth making the stomach-churning ferry ride here, to one of Scotland’s most remote inhabited islands. About halfway to Orkney, it’s only 3 miles by 1.5 miles in size and is probably best known for its patterned knitwear, still produced in three workshops on the island.
It’s also a paradise for birdwatchers, who form the bulk of the island’s visitors. Fair Isle is in the flight path of migrating birds, and thousands breed here. They’re monitored by the bird observatory, which collects and analyses information year-round; visitors are more than welcome to participate.