The picturesque town has four distinctive seasons. In summer the town is a suntrap with long hot days offering plenty of time to explore. Come autumn the main street is framed by hues of gold and orange while in winter Fairlie can be dusted in snow. Spring puts on a colourful display in contrast to the rich green rolling hills and pastures.
Fairlie is also a recreational playground offering a stunning 18 hole golf course complete with mountain views, boating and fishing in the rivers and on Lake Opuha, hunting and hiking in the hills and in winter great skiing and fun at Mount Dobson. Cafes, eateries and art galleries make for a rich and vibrant community.