Journeys 2018

Fair Isle, Scotland - Sea, Sky, Solitude and Community

Date

Monday 2nd to Tuesday 10th July

Nights

8

Cost

£950 for single occupancy, discounted to £865 for a shared room.

Description

Among the solitude and beauty of the remote Northern Isles of Britain there exists a number of small communities whose 'life on the edge' can on the face of it throw into doubt their very survival. Fair Isle is one of these. Fair Isle is Britain's most remote inhabited island community and this trip is a Journeying holiday in one of the most far flung and stunning locations in the British Isles.

Fair Isle is an island of extraordinary beauty lying half way between Shetland and Orkney, only 3 miles long and half as much wide. For seven days we shall be part of this small community of 60 islanders staying at the Fair Isle Bird Observatory and Guesthouse.

Walks and Excursions

Living on a small island and feeling part of its community is a unique experience. During this journey we shall discover God, maybe in unexpected places and people, and in different ways we'll explore the idea of seeking solitude in community. There will be plenty of opportunity to simply 'be amongst wonderful surroundings'.

There is much scenery to admire and soak up, so many places to wander, island roads to stop, people to meet, elements to be braved and enjoyed, life to be lived-and a discerning of God's presence in the land, the sea and the sky-and in each other.
(The walks are graded short in length with moderate terrain. Maximum length 6 miles)

Accommodation

The group will be a maximum of 12 including two leaders (so please book early). The observatory offers 3 Star, full board accommodation to a high standard. Single, twin and double rooms are available. All rooms are en-suite. Guests and staff, and their children, eat together, providing an excellent opportunity to discuss the day or find out more about living and working on the Isle. Special diets are catered for if booked in advance.

Getting there

The group will meet at Aberdeen on the 2nd July and travel overnight to Lerwick on the (large) Northlink ferry. Thence by bus and the mail-boat to Fair Isle. Return on 9th July by air from Fair Isle to Shetland mainland and then by overnight Northlink ferry to Aberdeen arriving early morning of 10th July. This gives us six nights on Fair Isle and two nights on the overnight ferries and includes sleeping accommodation in pods on the Ferry. Cabin accommodation is available at extra cost. All Ferries and Flights subject to weather conditions, but hopefully at this time of the year all will be well.

Contact

Robin Westwood (Mobile +44 (0)7443 493943) and Steve Evemy (Landline +44 (0)2380 332940).