The Tiny Island Of Foula Has Got To Be Britain's Best-Kept Secret

Miniature ponies await. 🐎 🐎 🐎
A view of the water supply hut on Island of Foula.
A view of the water supply hut on Island of Foula.

We’re always looking for ways to get away from it all, whether it’s for a quick visit, a long stay or to escape a certain fluffy-haired political candidate.

And no matter why you want to skip town, we’ve found just the place to go.

This is Foula, widely regarded as the most remote inhabited island in Britain. With a population of about 30 people ― plus hundreds of ponies ― it’s a charming spot to enjoy craggy cliffs, grassy knolls, wildlife galore and a hefty dose of Old Norse culture... if you can get there, that is.

Foula is one of the Shetland Islands, off the coast of mainland Scotland. Making a visit requires mild weather and a bit of patience: You’ll need to hop a ferry from a larger neighboring island, or take a flight that departs just a few times per week.

Once you’re upon this little oasis, you can rent a small cottage or a room at the local bed-and-breakfast bungalow. Take time to explore the coastline, scout killer whales and birds and chat with the friendly locals. (There aren’t many!)

Then head back to the mainland, where real and slightly less magical life awaits. Happy travels!

A plane arrives on the Foula airstrip
A plane arrives on the Foula airstrip
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