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CLOSED: Fetlar Campsite
Shetlands   (Browse area)

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Open: Site Closed May 2014

Rating: Average Review Score: 7/10 from 9 Reviews
                7/10 from 9 Reviews

 No Tents   No Caravans   No Motorhomes   No Glamping Units 
 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 No Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 No Toilets   No Showers   No Washing Up Area   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   No Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 No Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 No Shop   No Bar   No Restaurant   No Wifi Access 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport   No Dog Walk 


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Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Other
Reviewer: Webmaster

 The site owners have advised that the campsite is closed until further notice - effective 28-05-2014 

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Lully 4 reviews from this member

 We were here on midsummers day, it was hot and sunny. There was a toilet block with hook ups on the wall. 6 hours for £1 for hook up, 20pence for hot water. It is an old toilet block that has just been bought from the council by a young couple, they are doing there best to up grade. There is a pretty field at the side of the block with benches which is nice for tents. Fetlar is a magical place but is a struggling island and needs your support we loved the place and fetlar must be your first destination on shetland. Tresta beach can be seen from the site and is a easy walk. It was breathtaking in the midnight sun. There was a notice saying pay at the shop. They were no longer in charge of the site, but opened the shop so we could buy things for a barbeque and also the post office so we could get cash. Not many shops would do that! we arrived back and met a couple in a caravan from lerwick, got the whiskey out, and had a fantastic night. The couple come to the site to collect the fee. 

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Twinoaster 2 reviews from this member

 Beautiful island, fabulous wildlife, lovely simple campsite which has all the essentials.

The location is exposed but the views from it are fabulous and there is a beautiful beach only a short walk away, the shop is a short walk down the road in the other direction. Walking in the road is not a problem, traffic is almost non-existent.

The experience is like wild camping with facilities.

In really severe weather I would move to the site at Lerwick Sports Centre.

I believe that the site is now owned by the shop not the council, this will be a real advantage, the shop owners are nice people. 

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Jimwillsher 4 reviews from this member

 Fetlar is a beautiful, quiet island, it's a real gem and should be included on everyone's Shetland itinerary - especially as the ferry from Yell or Unst is free for all traffic and passengers.

The site itself is basically a field on the brow of a hill, with a single amenity block, we visited in mid June 2012 and had the site to ourselves. It's a nice feeling knowing that the last ferry has left and it's now just you and the locals!

As others have said, the site facilities consist of a single amenity block. There's one shower and one loo in each side of the block, and there's a pot room consisting of one sink and a bench. We were able to cook in this room on our stove in order to escape the otherwise inescapable Shetland winds.

The basic letdown for this site is the facilities. You can't expect luxury for your £6. 90, but equally you can expect better than you get at Fetlar. The amenity block is exactly like a 1970s Council toilet block, the kind that you now find boarded up in most towns, and indeed it is owned by Shetland Isles Council.

SIC clearly have bucket loads of money, and that is evident from all the community centres, leisure centres and toilets that you find elsewhere in Shetland, but they don't seem to invest any money here.

Everything is on a meter - shower, sockets, even the hot water for washing your dishes. There's no meter on the hand washing sinks in the loos - so instead there's just a cold tap!

£6. 90 is cheap for a campsite, I'm not disputing this. However contrast that with Levenwick on the Shetland Mainland, where for 90p less you get unlimited hot water at all sinks, use of a kettle and a microwave, and a heated room with tables and chairs!

Fetlar is a great place and very welcoming, but if the council and the community want to attract more campers then they need to invest some money in this site. Replace the meters on the hot water with free timers, add a hot tap in the sinks, and if the council is feeling really generous then how about replacing the toilets with ones which have a seat.

Great location, great, island, but extremely poor facilities. You probably get better facilities (and for free) by camping outside your local council toilets. 

Date of Visit: July 2011 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: ForgetfulCat 9 reviews from this member

 Visited in a camper van this time round. There are only three hook ups, and they are on a meter, which takes £1 coins. We couldn't work out if they were charging by time or electric used!

We took the van onto the site itself, as we have 4wd and the weather was dry. However in wet conditions or with a more conventional unit you would be on a gravelled area by the road.

However, this being Fetlar, the road is hardly busy! A short walk takes you to Tresta beach, which is lovely for swimming. There is now a community cafe on Fetlar (check locally for opening). 

Date of Visit: July 2008 Unit:  Campervan
Reviewer: Jimd58 11 reviews from this member

 As previous reviewers have commented this is a very exposed site on the brow of a hill and open to winds from almost all directions. Shetland does have more than its share of wind. Backpackers should also note that there is no public transport on Fetlar and the campsite is approximately 4 miles from the ferry terminal.

Hot water, shower and electric are charged for. The facilities are not the greatest but then this is reflected in the reasonable site fee.

The shop has adequate supplies if you are able to catch it during its limited opening hours.

The Interpretive Centre was well worth a visit for an insight into the local way of life and culture both past and present. The recently opened café venture in the community hall does good home made soup and bacon rolls.

Walkers should take in Funzie Ness including Loch of Funzie RSPB reserve.

The free ferry probably encourages campers who may otherwise not visit the island but most will find the visit worthwhile. 

Date of Visit: June 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Clancy 3 reviews from this member

 Although the site is an exposed field, it provides a flat pitch. The facilities are basic but entirely adequate, the showers were clean and spacious. In addition the pot room provided welcome respite from Shetland's prevailing winds, and included a Victorian style clothes drier. Fetlar's shop only opens for 2 hours per day, (approximately 11.00am to 13.00) and not every day. We would strongly advise you to bring your own bread, milk and beer! 

Date of Visit: June 2007 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: ForgetfulCat 9 reviews from this member

 This is the only site on Fetlar. Sadly, they seem to have chosen the place with maximum exposure to the weather and minimum views. The facilities are basic (no toilet seats!) and limited - one stall each for men and women. There is a reasonable 1 sink washblock, but they charge for the hot water, which seems a bit tight. You pay for the site at the island's shop/P.O, about a mile away which has very limited opening hours, and limited stock. You would be wise to stock up on provisions before making the crossing.

When on Fetlar do visit the Interpretive Centre opposite the shop. Its absolutely fascinating, and has more stuff packed in its two rooms than you imagine from outside. You'll get more out of your visit if you call in here and speak to the friendly and knowledgeable guy who runs it. 

Date of Visit: July 2006 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Morrisbob 17 reviews from this member

 Just a field with clean toilets and showers but it is the only site on the island and popular with backbackers. The field is exposed and some tents took a battering the night we were there.
We only stayed one night just going to the island because the ferry was free but it is a great place for walking and wildlife.
There is a small shop on the island with very limited stock at a price but the population is less than 100 and there is no petrol. 

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