George Waterston Memorial Museum

Auld Skoll, Utra, Fair Isle, Shetland ZE2 9JU
Tel: 01595 760 244
Opening Times:

May to September

Mon to Fri 2pm - 4pm
Wed 10am - 12pm

Open other times by appointment only.


George Waterston, the former Scottish Director of the Royal society for the Protection of Birds, had a massive influence on Fair Isle. He bought the island and co-founded the Bird Observatory in 1948, giving the isle’s economy a much needed boost.

The George Waterston Memorial Museum is a fascinating museum in the former Fair Isle School, packed with displays of the island’s history, including - Archaeology, Archives, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Music, Weapons and War, coins and Medals, Personalities, Social History, Land Transport and Maritime. A guided tour is available on request.

The island is known around the world for ‘Fair Isle knitting’ and it’s sure to be an island you will be glad you visited.


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