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Closer to home, although not exactly easily accessible, is Fair Isle, the most remote inhabited island in the British Isles.  Getting there is an adventure in itself as the island can be shut off for weeks at a time during the savage winter storms and, although part of the British Isles, it is actually closer to Norway than it is to England!  

I went recently for work and for the outdoor family, this is a fantastic place.  It is safe, there is a wonderful sense of space and freedom and the walking on this rugged land ranges from a gentle stroll to challenging!  If you want to learn more about the way of life there are informal guided walks with the Observatory ranger.  Watch out for puffins in their thousands as well as seals wallowing in the chilly waters below the impressive cliffs. 

The isle itself  is just three miles by one-and-a-half, has no pub, two churches, two lighthouses and just one small shop.  The permanent population is just around 60.  There are sheep, goats, cows, pigs and ducks....   A true wilderness, often storm lashed, with breath-taking scenery, it is mostly surrounded by dramatic cliffs, rising to over 100 metres at the spectacular Sheep Rock.  It is a real back to nature adventure for all the family.  

Adventure from: Ben Fogle, UK

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