Even though it’s going to be lovely, it’s always useful to keep one eye on the weather:
Good week-long wind and rain visualisations on a surfing website: http://magicseaweed.com/UK-Ireland-Surf-Chart/1/?chartType=WMAG
Good local weather forecast from someone who lives in Fair Isle: http://www.orcadian.co.uk/weather/ (plus ‘Windy TV’!)
Travel Operational News:
Northlink Ferries: http://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/opsnews/
Pentland Ferries: http://www.pentlandferries.co.uk/news.asp
Orkney Ferries: http://orkneyferries.co.uk/news.php
There’s a saying in Orkney, ‘ if you don’t like the weather, just wait half an hour’. We often get ‘four seasons in one day’.
We recommend that you bring your waterproof jackets and trousers: wind and rain = very wet, quickly. If you all bring your waterproofs, the weather will be fine!
Aurora Watch http://aurorawatch.lancs.ac.uk/