For years I have wanted to make the trip to the Faroes. I suppose the drean started when I used to listen to the transistor radio late at night hidden under the bed sheets. While I was listening to Radio Luxemburg, Radio Tirana or the BBC the shipping weather forcast always came up – ‘Dogger, German Bite fair to good. Faroes, Crommerty falling, fair to poor’. Of course that may not be exact but there it was Faroes – where on earth are they? I looked Faroes up on the map and found them, nestled between Iceland and Scotland on a little rocky outcrop. I had to go there – one day.
Since then other places on the ‘bucket list’ have been ticked off – the Grand Canyon, LA, San Diego, Paris, Brussels (yes honestly), Munich, Tirana and more but not the Faroes. The desire to get there was compounded when I saw a televised international football match at the old stadium overlooking the sea. I think it was the next day I spoke to Chris D and suggested we flew up with tent and backpack. I got a price of £50 to faro and there was the problem, it was the wrong Faro. It was going to cost a lot more to get to the Islands and the plan was scuppered.
Time passed then a couple of months ago I looked at routes and the cheapest was from Edinburgh on Atlantic Airways. If we could get there cheaply enough it could be done. I said to my 19 year old daughter Alex, who’s currently on a gap year, ‘lets go camping on the Faroes’ and explained my plan. She said ‘yes’ and said she would sort the busses to Edinburgh which she did at a toal cost of £60 (inc. return!). She booked busses, I booked the plane. I identified a hostel for the first night and then a campsite. We were on our way.
Because I felt the trip had been abandoned so often before I did not want to ‘Jinx’ it so I kept it quiet and when people asked where we were holidaying I would say ‘north of Scotland’ which whilst accurate and true is a little misleading. Now we are here I am happy to talk about it!
We arrived in poor weather but quickly orientated ourselves.
We are here!
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