Hello there wonderful beings of the internet.
When I started researching into Scotland and travel, I came across this alleged photo of the Isle of Skye on Pinterest:
Which, as it turns out, is not real or even of Scotland at all. So don’t be fooled ladies and gentlemen, see the true photo here. BUT have no fear the fairy pools and the Isle of Skye are even more beautiful and breath taking than this false photo.
Connecting mainland Scotland to the Isle of Skye is The Skye Bridge:
Skye Bridge has some pretty funny history linked to it. When it was opened in 1995, there was a toll put on the bridge. Except the toll was ridiculously priced at 11.40 pounds (that was about 14.50 Euro) leading it to be the most expensive toll bridge in Europe (since Scotland belonged to the EU at that time). Our tour guide informed us that while the protest group Skye Bridge Against Tolls (S.K.A.T) fought against the ridiculous toll, civilians who needed to use the bridge everyday reverted to stuffing sheep in their car to drive across. This was because vehicles carrying livestock were not enforced to pay the toll. So essentially, civilians would hop sheep back and forth along the bridge to a void the hefty price! Isn’t that hilarious? I thought so.
On the other side of Skye Bridge is the sleepy town of Kyleakin. Kyleakin captured my heart with it’s kind, welcoming people and relaxing countryside vibe. We stayed at the Mo Dhachaidh Guesthouse (pronounced “mo yaki”) and it was absolutely fantastic. It was an unbelievable bed and breakfast. It’s a little bit of a walk (like 5-10 minutes) to the town centre but still close to the town restaurants.
Now what everyone has been waiting for… the fairies.
From the road, it looks like a mere crack in the earth. We ventured on the 20 minutes hike towards the pools and time stopped. The wind was chilling to the bone, but that didn’t matter because it was magic. Photos do not even begin to demonstrate the amount of beauty and magic within this little crack in the Earth, and I’ll mention none of my photos of the pools are edited. I don’t care what you say, Fairies dance here.
Add this place to your Bucket List, you won’t be disappointed.
To continue with Fairies, we then headed to the Fairy Glen (the valley of Fairies). No one knows where they Fairy Glen is except locals, and if you ask a true Skye local they will not give you the directions to it. It’s not on any map, and it’s down a winding dirt path. Fear is that the Glen will be destroyed by tourists, or that tourists get hurt by the fairies. It’s not uncommon for visitors to roll down a hill or sprain their ankle due to (as the tour guides say) the fairies protecting their home. Apparently, they’re not very nice.
Our guide brought us to the Fairy Glen and told us to explore with caution. And I don’t care what anyone says, Fairies definitely live here.
It’s amazing how travel can completely intrigue you and spark your imagination. Often I find myself sitting in my everyday life at work at the hospital (I’m a nurse) dreaming of the fairies. Scotland is so vibrant and magical and I honestly can’t wait to go back to see these places again and continue to explore them.
What magical places have you explored? Where do you find your mind wandering when you’re sitting at work? What travel trip has sparked your imagination?