Hidden between Iceland and Norway in the heart of the North Atlantic’s swift current – and home to more sheep than people – are the Faroe Islands, an unexplored archipelago offering unspoiled landscapes, exceptionally fresh air and some of the most unpredictable weather in the world. Often referred to as Euorpe’s best-kept secret, the remote 18 islands that make up this wild and windy archipelago remain undiscovered by tourists, and are jam-packed with stunning scenery, walking trails up steep ridges and through verdant fields, and unique architectural heritage. The Gulf Stream encompassing the islands moderates the climate and, though summers are not particularly hot, the temperature in the winter never drops below 3oC. With direct flights departing from Edinburgh twice-weekly during the summer, it’s never been easier to reach this land of raw, natural beauty.
On the largest of the islands, Streymoy, you’ll find one of the world’s smallest capitals – Tórshavn – which bursts into life with cultural and musical events form June to August. From here visit traditional old turf-roofed farmhouses, head out to discover waterfalls and rugged coastlines, and spend an afternoon dining with locals. The islands are a must-visit for keen birders. Providing the perfect nesting environment for migrating birds, the cliffs on the northern and western coasts act like a magnet during the summer months to species including puffins, storm petrels, gannets and guillemots. Boat trips aboard a refurbished schooner allow visitors front-row seats to the activities on the nesting and breeding grounds.