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

Transportation Legend:
 ✈ Plane       🚗 Car       🚌 Bus        ⛴️  Ferry


Trip Maps

Faroe Islands