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Enchanting Fairy Glens

VisitScotlandAngelaVisitScotlandAngela ✩Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
edited August 2016 in Scotland's countryside
Scotland has many glens, lochs and woodlands that are associated with fairy folklore.

Doon Hill in Aberfoyle is one of my favorite walks and has a great story to go with it.  Legend has it that the Reverend Robert Kirk, who lived in the town of Aberfoyle, was much loved by his parishioners as he taught him lots of things and helped them in their daily lives.  There were a lot of strange and unexplained occurrences going on in Aberfoyle back in the 1600's, and the villagers believed that they were the work of the Fairies.  Worried about the effect the strange things were having on his parishoners, Reverend Kirk started to investigate and record the goings on.  In 1691 he published his book 'The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, fauns and Fairies'.  Of course, this upset the Fairies as they did not want people knowing what they were up to, so one day when the Reverend was walking up Doon Hill mysteriously died.   The Fairies stole his soul and imprisoned it in the big Scot's Pine at the top of the hill.  

Today, the Fairies seem to be much more friendly and have really made themselves at home on Doon Hill.  There is a fun woodland trail with wooden fairy homes carved into the trees along the way.  At the top of the hill, the old Scots Pine is now known as the wishing tree where visitors leave a wee gift for the Fairies, perhaps to keep them happy!! :D


There's also a glen near Dunoon called Morag's Fairy Glen where the Berry Burn flows through the woodlands.  It sounds lovely although I haven't visited myself.

Whether you believe in fairies or not, I'm sure you will enjoy this magical walk. If you know of any other magical fairy walks in Scotland, or know of any stories, I would love to hear about them!!

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  • VisitScotlandMurielVisitScotlandMuriel ✩ Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    @VisitScotlandAngela
    I love your pictures of Morag's Fairy Glen, very cute  :D 
    Also thanks for the story about Doon Hill and Reverend Robert Kirk, I didn't know about it. 
  • DMWScotlandDMWScotland ✭✭✭ VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    edited August 2016
    Oh wow @VisitScotlandAngela, I love the fairy magic and their homes in our trees! Our woodlands are so mysterious and magical. I loved reading the Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton as a child and keep looking for that huge magic tree that reaches up through the clouds ... and the fairy folks. Keep the magic alive!  <3
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  • argyllgirlargyllgirl ✭✭ Member ✭✭

    Puck's Glen is just a few miles from my home so I walk it often.  Love it!  It does make you believe in faeries.  Such a peaceful and mystical atmosphere. 
  • VisitScotlandAngelaVisitScotlandAngela &#10025; Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Has anyone ever been to the Fairy Glen at Rosemarkie??  It looks beautiful and is a RSPB reserve.
  • DMWScotlandDMWScotland ✭✭✭ VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    This place isn't called a fairy glen, but I think it looks fairy like! They're hiding in there somewhere ...

    It's the woodlands that are part of a walk up to Urie loch on the Isle of Arran.

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  • VisitScotlandAngelaVisitScotlandAngela &#10025; Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    I think your right @DMWScotland!  I think there are fairies hiding in those woodlands!!  :p
  • BushmanBushman ✭✭ Member ✭✭
    @VisitScotlandAngela I am of up to the Black Isle in a couple of weeks and intend to visit the fairy glen at Rosmarkie so will post pictures when i get back.
  • VisitScotlandKimVisitScotlandKim &#10025; Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    edited September 2016
    Archerfield Walled Garden in East Lothian has just launched a Fairy Trail which looks like great fun for kids! 
  • VisitScotlandMarinaVisitScotlandMarina &#10025; Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    edited September 2016
    There's a fairly new Fairy Trail in Troon called The Fullarton Fairy Trail. Haven't managed a visit yet but some friends of mine have been and the kids - all ages ;)  - had great fun! I must try and get there soon!
  • VisitScotlandAngelaVisitScotlandAngela &#10025; Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    edited November 2016
    The Fairy Glen in Balloch Castle Country Park is quite a magical place to walk.  Tucked away at the back of the Country Park and just beyond the castle, the path follows a wee burn that trickles down the hill and into Loch Lomond.

    I took this picture last week....
  • VisitScotlandMarinaVisitScotlandMarina &#10025; Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    There's a fairly new Fairy Trail in Troon called The Fullarton Fairy Trail. Haven't managed a visit yet but some friends of mine have been and the kids - all ages ;)  - had great fun! I must try and get there soon!
    Paid a visit here last Friday and it's lovely. It's right beside Marr Rugby Club and was very muddy underfoot so don't forget your wellies!!
  • SuYLSuYL ✭✭ Member ✭✭
    Faerie Glen. A must-shoot photo-op near Uig on the enchanting Isle of Skye.
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