Suitcase and World: Faroe Islands & Scotland! Overview.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Faroe Islands & Scotland! Overview.

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland
(Photo by Drianmcdonald. Licensed under CC BY 4.0)

I have a BIG trip coming up and I am so excited!  I started planning this trip more than two years ago.  It originated with a desire to attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, another of my life long dreams.  As so often happens, going to Scotland for the Tattoo was just the tip of the iceberg.  Before long, a short visit to Scotland turned into a five week long odyssey covering the islands and highlands that the country is so famous for.   Not to mention, a side trip to the Faroe Islands which are technically a part of Denmark.  Accompanying me on this trip is my ever intrepid travel partner, Pat, whom I have not traveled with since we explored Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia back in 2015.  She's getting up in the years (85 years young this year) and I don't know how many more trips she can do so I want this one to be a special one for both of us so I've taken more time than usual planning it!

Mulafossur Waterfall, Faroe Islands
(Photo byDrega05.  Licensed under CC BY 4.0)

This trip will mainly be about Mother Nature - spending time in gorgeous remote landscapes that Scotland and the Faroe Islands are cherished for!  We'll also have the opportunity to delve into some of the Viking history that is part of Scotland's ancient heritage.  Our time in the "big" Scottish cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow will be limited to just a few days and Aberdeen will only be a pass through as we have to be there to board the ferry to the Shetland Islands and to return to the mainland from the Orkney Islands.

We'll be renting a car and driving ourselves around the Faroe Islands.  Ditto for the Shetland and ORkeney Islands which will travel to and from the mainland via ferry.  We'll also be doing a drive tour, starting in Glasgow, going through the Highlands, ferrying over to the Outer Hebrides and then ferrying over to the Inner Hebrides and then ferrying back to the mainland.  From there, our trip will take us back to Glasgow via the Highlands. 

I have put together a very detailed itinerary - 21 pages as well as driving maps for various locations.  It really has been a lot of work putting this trip together and finger crossed, it will all pay off!  I finally completed two remaining tasks just a few days ago so we're pretty much ready to go and I cannot wait.  The countdown will soon begin!

Faroe Islands and Scotland: Itinerary

Day 1   ✈ New York City, USA to Edinburgh, Scotland
Day 2   🚌 Edinburgh to Queensbury
Day 3   ✈ Edinburgh to Torshavn, Faroe Islands
Day 4   πŸš— Faroe Islands
Day 5   πŸš— Faroe Islands
Day 6   πŸš— + ⛴️ Mykines, Faroe Islands
Day 7  πŸš— Faroe Islands
Day 8  πŸš— Faroe Islands
Day 9  πŸš— Faroe Islands
Day 10   ✈ Torshavn to Edinburgh
Day 11   πŸš‡ Edinburgh
Day 12   πŸš‡  Edinburgh
Day 13  🚌 Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Day 14  ⛴️ Aberdeen to Lerwick, Shetland Islands
Day 15   πŸš— Shetland Islands
Day 16   πŸš—  Shetland Islands
Day 17   ⛴️ to Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Day 18   πŸš— Orkney Islands
Day 19   πŸš— Orkney Islands
Day 20   🚌 + ✈  Papa Westray, Orkney Islands
Day 21   🚌 Kirkwall and Stromness, Orkney Islands
Day 22   ⛴️ Kirkwall to Aberdeen
Day 23   πŸš† Aberdeen to Glasgow
Day 24   πŸš‡ Glasgow
Day 25   🚌 + πŸš—  Glasgow to Luss
Day 26   πŸš— Luss to Perth
Day 27   πŸš— Perth to Grantown-on-Spey
Day 28   πŸš—  Grantown-on-Spey to Ullapool
Day 29   ⛴️ + πŸš—  Ullapool to Stornoway, Outer Hebrides
Day 30   πŸš— Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides
Day 31   πŸš— Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
Day 32   ⛴️ + πŸš— Tarbet, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides to Portree, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides
Day 33   πŸš—  Isle of Skye
Day 34   πŸš—  Isle of Skye
Day 35   ⛴️ + πŸš— Armadale, Isle of Skye to Maillag
Day 36   ⛴️ + πŸš—  Small Isles, Inner Hebrides
Day 37   ⛴️ + πŸš—  Small Isles, Inner Hebrides
Day 38   πŸš—  Maillag to Oban
Day 39   ⛴️ +🚌 + ⛴️ +  Oban to Isle of Mull and Isle of Iona
Day 40   ⛴️ +🚌 Oban to Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Day 41   πŸš— Oban to Inverary
Day 42   πŸš— Inverary to Glasgow
Day 43   ✈  Glasgow to New York City

Transportation Legend:
 ✈ Plane       πŸš— Car       🚌 Bus        ⛴️  Ferry


Trip Maps

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