You can probably tell from this picture already why I fell in love with the island of Fair Isle after being lucky enough to spend two whole weeks there in August 2017. Ever since then, all I've wanted to do is go back. I tried to write a post about last year's trip several times, but could never quite find the words to describe the experience I had (and I'm not sure I still can) but I finally made it back there a couple of weeks ago, and wanted to share some of my love for Fair Isle with you.
It is a truly magical place. Only 3 miles long by one and a half miles wide, it's located between Orkney and the Shetland mainland, and is home to around 60 people. Since 1954 it has been owned by the National Trust for Scotland, and it was through the organisation's working holidays that I ended up on the island in 2017. I'll do a separate post about them, and the fact I have been going on these holidays for the past decade, as there is so much to say.
A couple of weekends ago my Saturday featured two things it wouldn't have this time last year - coffee and cycling. Having owned a bike (ashamedly) for around 3 years, I only started going out on it a few months ago. I started seeing cycling everywhere, including posts from the lovely Iona on Instagram who was cycling on her commute to work, and looking happy about it! My mum had also been out on her bike with my nieces and nephews and was encouraging me to go too. Feeling bad for Etienne (the name already given to my bike) sitting gathering dust in my garage, it was time to get out and go for a spin... is that what you even say about cycling?!
After a few outings on my local trail called the Deeside Way, which is mainly an old railway line between Aberdeen and Ballater in Aberdeenshire, I ventured a bit further afield to another old railway line (also in Aberdeenshire) called the Formartine and Buchan Way. After 20 minutes trying to cram my bike into the car without removing any part of it, I drove to Ellon - where my friend lives and we were starting the route - and we cycled part of the Ellon to Udny Station section.
I'm Kelly. A thirty-something year old adventurer from Aberdeenshire. Read more about me in the ABOUT ME section.