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Faroe Islands

Our verdict:

There’s something about staying on an island; that delightful feel of total escape from the world. On the Faroe Islands that feeling is magnified a hundred times. Located 200 miles north of Scotland, this dramatically beautiful archipelago has an undiscovered, untouched feel. Ideal for wildlife lovers, twitchers and walkers, it’s also the perfect choice for those who long for a few days of blissful escapism.

Recommended tour operator: Regent Holidays

Regent Holidays says

If you love to discover beautiful islands, they don’t get much more unique than the Faroe Islands, a haven for wildlife lovers, walkers and those who simply love to get under the skin of somewhere special.

The pristine Faroe Islands archipelago, whose grassy sloping isles are home to more sheep than people, is located in the North Sea, 200 miles north of mainland Scotland between Iceland and Norway. A self-governing country under the sovereignty of Denmark, it is made up of 18 main islands, connected either by road tunnel or ferry.

We offer a range of year-round three- and four-night fly-drive breaks and tailor-made holidays along with city breaks to Tórshavn.

Our three-night Faroe Islands Weekender self-drive break will give you a fascinating taster of life as part of this rugged, off-the-beaten-track community. Your base is a central hotel in Tórshavn on the island of Streymoy from where you can explore the bird colonies at Vestmanna, an old farm and heritage museum, and Tjørnuvik – to see the jaw-dropping twin stacks of Risin and Kellingin rising out of the sea.

You can visit the scenic island of Vágar and explore by car or head out on foot to see charming coastal villages. From Vágar, you can also head over on the ferry to Mykines, famed for its puffin colony (a challenging but rewarding three to four hour hike) and the spectacular lighthouse.

Between September and May, there’s our four-night Winter Explorer self-drive trip, staying in both Torshavn and Eysturoy.

We also offer longer holidays and each year we run a popular small group tour which visits several islands in greater depth.

Our expert team can tailor-make your itinerary to best suit your interests and budget.

Direct flights connect the Faroes with Edinburgh and take only one hour – we can arrange connecting flights from most UK airports or you can combine a visit to the Faroe Islands with, for example, Reykjavik or Copenhagen.

Find out more about short breaks in the Faroe Islands and our other short break ideas.

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