Uig’s Fairy Glen

Fairy Glen Uig Skye

Faerie Glen, Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Tucked away in a remote corner of the world (also known as the Isle of Skye) is the Faerie Glen (Google: 57.583767,-6.325122) where fairies dwell among miniature mountains and tiny, trilly trees. A mere mortal passing through might mistake this landscape as one of sharply peaked hills with a smattering of shrubs, but he would be wrong on all but the most surface level.

Uig SkyeWe approached Uig from the north after traversing the eastern portion of the Trotternish Peninsula where we had already visited the Storr, Quiraing, Kilt Rock, and Lealt and Mealt Falls earlier in the day.

Uig’s seeming small-town normality doesn’t even hint at the treasure that is secreted so nearby. But my husband and I knew better than to be deceived by Uig’s quaint charms. We passed along the western edge of Uig (seen above) on our way to the south side of town where, assuming our luck held, we would find the road to the Faerie Glen.

Fairy Glen Pond, Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland After following a winding, one-track road for a little over a mile, we came upon a pond tucked between some noticeably distinct earth forms.

Fairy Glen, Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland Just beyond the pond, we parked our car in a lay-by under these tiny, delicate trees. I sensed the presence of fairies.

Fairy Glen, Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland Our time was short because evening was approaching, but what better time than in the fading light to possibly catch a glimpse of an elusive fairy. As if by magic, a path materialized beside us leading through a mini-mountain pass.  Was this the work of nearby fairies? I have my suspicions.

Fairy Glen, Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland From the top of the path, looking back, we had a nice view of the rocky tower known as Castle Ewen, which is the highest peak in the Glen. Castle Ewen can be reached on a path with a trail head just on the other side of the road from the lay-by. But, alas, the fairies had conspired not to make this path known to us, and its existence remained hidden until after we had returned to England.

Panorama of Fairy Glen, Uig, Isle of SkyeFrom the top of a nearby peak, I took this panorama of the area with Uig in the distance.

Fairy Glen Pond, Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland Here’s a closer look of the pond we passed on the way in. It looks so much smaller from up above. Or perhaps that’s the magic of the Faerie Glen at work.

Fairy Glen, Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland So, so amazing. Sigh.

Fairy Glen, Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland Beyond the mini-mountains and away from the road is a wide pasture with evidence of the existence of sheep, but it seems that fairy sheep are elusive, too. However, a waterfall in the distance made for a nice distraction from the fairy-sheep hunt. We did not hike over to the waterfall, but…

Fairy Glen Waterfall Uig SkyeWith the power of a zoom lens and cropping, I give you fairy falls. (I don’t know what it’s really called, but maybe it doesn’t have a name because it doesn’t really exist!)

Fairy Glen Pond, Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland

We were so sad to have to leave the Faerie Glen, especially having not seen any fairies. Perhaps we were too loud. Or maybe they were still at dinner.

As we drove away, I continued to take pictures, hoping to capture just one more image of this magical place that might later reveal a hiding fairy peeking out from behind a rock or a patch of grass. Sadly, no fairies were captured, but photos of a beautiful and memorable landscape were.

Uig SkyeAlso captured was a change that had occurred while we spent time in the Faerie Glen. The road we had driven down earlier seemed more magical somehow. Was it because of the change in light or were we still being affected by the invisible fairy dust that must have been floating in the air in the Glen?

Uig SkyeThe question may never be answered. Returning to Uig was a return to reality. Happily, that reality was the remarkably beautiful Isle of Skye.

About satnavandcider

An American expat living in England, exploring the United Kingdom and Europe through five senses and a camera lens.
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12 Responses to Uig’s Fairy Glen

  1. Nice looking place. I have a real feel for the place from your photographs – I know I would find it difficult to drag myself away from such a photogenic place.

  2. coast72 says:

    One of the places I would love to visit and looking at your pictures made me put it on top of the list 😀

  3. Heyjude says:

    lovely scenic photos; looks like you were lucky with the weather – what time of year were you there?

  4. atkokosplace says:

    What a wonderful story. Enjoyed the pictures too!

  5. I now believe in fairies more than I used to believe in fairies….I can hear them smiling…can’t you?

  6. Thank you for this post – we liked the pictures as well as the text 🙂
    Greetings from the sunny coast of Norfolk
    Klausbernd and his happy Bookfayries Siri and Selma, who especially like this article 🙂 🙂

  7. Monique says:

    Fairy dust, for certain. Love revisiting Skye through your photos!

  8. Teepee12 says:

    Magic. It’s really magic 🙂

  9. Gordon says:

    I’ve been up to Uig for the last 2 years & am going again in 2 weeks time. Each time I’ve gone we’ve looked for the Glen but never found it & even asked Locals who say they’ve never heard of it. (How do we Find It) Please!

    • Google Maps lists the longitude and latitude as: 57.583767,-6.325122, so if you have a Sat Nav, that should get you there. If not, the road to the Fairy Glen branches off the A87 just south of town. The road angles toward the north so you’d see it as a “Y” if you’re coming into Uig from the south. It’s a little harder to see coming from the north, but from either direction a sign points the way right at the road to the Fairy Glen. The sign reads:
      Baile nan cnoc

      I hope you find it. Please come back and let me know how it worked out for you and, if you made it, how your visit was. Good luck!

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