The Fairy Glen

We picked up our car and left Fort Williams rather disappointed (see my previous entry), entered the address of our guesthouse in the Sat Nav and started driving towards Isle of Skye. We were completely oblivious when we started taking the same route as the one taken by the Jacobite train that morning. We drove past the Glenfinnan viaduct (we didn’t stop because we had a lot of driving to do and the weather was really bad) and arrived in Mallaig to realise there was no bridge to go to Skye and that the ferry was close at that time of the day. The Sat Nav did not do a good job and we were stupid enough to follow blindly the directions :D We had to go back to Fort Williams (and make an extra 80 miles) to be right back on track. Who said paper maps were outdated ? It would not have happened if we had taken one with us. Lesson learned. We arrived on Skye super late that evening and the guy at the guesthouse was a bit pissed off by our late arrival. Oh gosh.. that day was really emotional ;-)

The next morning, we woke up and looked through the window to see the horrible weather that was waiting for us. We didn’t get discouraged and put our waterproofs on and headed towards the Fairy Glen.

The Fairy Glen

The Fairy Glen

The Fairy Glen

The Fairy Glen has been formed by different landslides followed by glaciation, then smoothed by erosion and the result is that the area is full of little hillocks. It is also known to be the home of fairies that can either steal you away or grant your wishes :-) The place can be a bit tricky to find as there is no sign pointing to it (then Glen, not the fairies). If you want to find it, just search for the Uig Hotel then take the road signed to Sheadar and Balnaknock. The little enchanted hills are located roughly a mile from there. It was gorgeous despite the rain and despite Le falling in the mud — it was indeed very slippery when we explored the little hills.

We then drove to Uig and drove clockwise to visit this peninsula. On our way we stopped at the Skye Museum of Island Life. The museum opened in 1965 and each of the cottages was depicting the life of the people living on the island around the 19th century. I learnt why sometimes Isle Skye is referred as the Misty Island. It came from the Norse word “Ski”, meaning Cloud and “Ey” meaning island ! The island has been under the rule of the Norsemen and you can still find a lot of villages and towns bearing Norse names. It was very interesting to read all about the history !

Behind, the museum, we found the Kilmuir Graveyard. The most impressive monument is the tall memorial to Flora MacDonald, ‘Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart‘.

Memorial to Flora MacDonald, Kilmuir Graveyard

Kilmuir Graveyard

 

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86 responses to “The Fairy Glen

  1. Thanks for sharing all this information and your beautiful photos, this is so helpful! We’re planning our trip for next spring and I have made a big note to make sure we go for the bridge and not the ferry!

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  2. Gosh you had an intrepid adventure to get to Skye, Gin! Am so interested in this as both my parents and in laws honeymooned on Skye ( years ago and separately)! It’s a place I’d love to visit one day. Love the idea of the Fairy Glen – I would be looking out for fairies! Also find the Norse history fascinating so that’s right up my street. Fantastic photos too! 😀

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  3. I loved this island… <3 ah, pour Venise aka "l'île-labyrinthe", prends ton GPS dans la poche, car autrement, tu risques de t'y perdre "grave"… :) I'm serious!

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  4. Oh beautiful landscape, photos even though the weather was horrible. Sorry to hear that you had some mishaps with directions, etc -yeah sometimes we can’t rely 100% on GPS. It happens in my own city KL too – I have a love/hate relationship with my GPS :-)

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  5. Uh oh Lol sat nav nightmare but glad it turned out well in the end Gin !
    You had the faeries on your side :-) Beautiful pictures …
    It’s on my list !

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  6. Went to the Isle of Skye myself earlier this year – such a gorgeous place! We didn’t make it to the fairy glen, but we did go to the pools. I’ll definitely have to put them on my list for the next visit!

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    • There was a lot of ferns in the Fairy Glens, but there were not too tall, was kind of cute. And yes, all the tombstones were full of moss and lichens. With all the rain, it’s the perfect environment for them I think !

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  7. Oh no, sorry to hear you didn’t take the best route and had to drive back. It must have been annoying. But it happens! Sounds like your wishes might be granted because the fairies didn’t steal you or Le away :D Such gorgeous photos of the scenery. So crisp and looking fresh :)

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  8. The trade-off in Scotland is always that you need those dreary, gray, rainy days to get those beautiful soft green hillocks! But it can be demoralizing after a while … By the way, just after reading your last post, I got a Travel and Leisure magazine email on Great Train Rides and guess which one was first?! I want to write to them and ask what on earth they are thinking! Haha. Oh, and we drove to Mallaig to get to Skye and had the same problem in the days when we only had maps! :)

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    • Without the rain it wouldn’t been that lush for sure. It’s difficult to get the lush vegetation and the bright sunshine all the time.. so true.

      Haha, that’s so funny ! What a good timing! :D

      Oh really ? You made the same mistake ? haha !!! It’s worse than being mislead by a satnav i think :p

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  9. What beautiful scenery! Gorgeous pics, Ginny. It’s so lush and green, vastly different from the scenery I see here usually. There’s been some pretty bad weather in Scotland and other parts of the UK of late, so I imagine you would be craving a little sunshine? So much rain can be depressing after a while. Thanks for another lovely post. I’ve had a lot of problems with sat nav on my trips and ended up wanting to throw it out the window! I do love the back-up of good old paper maps. :)

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    • We’ve had really bad weather recently and I’m really craving for some blue skye. Even if it’s cold I wouldn’t mind but no more rain please :-)

      Haha ! Sat Nav can be so annoying sometimes … but I will never go away for a road trip without a paper map back up ;-)

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  10. ‘Somewhere along the Scottish coast
    An emerald island lies…..
    The weathers always changing
    From heavy cloud to fair’ 🎼 🎤 Andrew Petersen song.
    I’d forgotten all about the museum, Skye is very mystical!

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  11. My Uncle runs a B&B on Skye. I do hope it wasn’t he who was so ungracious. I can’t imaging it would have been. You do seem to have been very unlucky with the weather Gin. We were extremely lucky with the weather when we visited last year. A bit of sunshine (in our case clear blue skies – very unusual) makes all the difference to how we feel about a place.

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    • This guy and his wife were from Newcastle and they moved to Skye a few years ago. I can understand his frustration, I was very ashamed and we called him to warn him we were going to be late but there was nothing we could have done about it. The next morning, he was very nice to us.

      We were quite unlucky, we had a lot of rain ;-)

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  12. The GPS Mallaig-Skye debacle was well documented when sat-navs first became popular so I thought they had put a lot of effort into fixing that problem, but obviously not. Which is a shame for you guys cos it’s a lot of extra driving on a long driving day!

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    • I think we didn’t set up our sat nav properly because we ticked the options “all routes available” and they included ferry rides in it. But now we’ve excluded it so we shouldn’t have that problem anymore :-)

      Oh well, it was fabulous to drive up to Skye, especially when we took the A87… oh gosh, so scenic. It was very long, but beautiful.

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  13. Beautiful! I’ve also taken a couple of unfortunate miles because the GPS directed me in the wrong way! After this happened a few times, I started buying detailed road atlases of all the regions we travel to by car. All I can say is that it’s totally worth it! :)

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