There was so much beauty and awesomeness on the Isle of Skye that I needed to break it up into multiple posts!
If you missed the first post, click here for Isle of Skye Part 1- pipe band
We had ample time to discover the natural beauty of Skye with a bit of hiking, overlook stops for photography, and since the weather was so nice we even had a picnic lunch at faerie glen.
I have a love for craft beer, especially when it’s local. Black Cuillin was quite tasty, and from Skye!
This is where the wishes were made. See the video below for more information.
However, faeries aren’t just nice happy creatures that grant wishes and are beautiful and magical. They can be quite conniving, cunning, tricksy beings. There will be more Scotland-based posts in the future and I’m certain there will be at least one faerie story in there.
There was also visit to (and swim in- if we dared) the faerie pools. To get there by car, take the road towards Glen Brittle. Park in the Glen Brittle parking lot. Across the road, there is a clear path that leads to the pools. Stay to the right.
Natural spring water straight from the mountains, fancy a swim?
–what, we can swim? cool!
…..wait, but I have no suit!
So go in your underwear!
–ummm… ok- sure, why not?
–OH! OH! OH! It’s cold!- it’s cold! -it’s coooold!
Well, duh- it’s natural spring water straight from the mountains, like I said.
Huzzah! I was even able take a faerie shower in the waterfall (barely visible in the back left of this photo)
The water was so crystal clear, it was almost magical
The story* of The Old Man of Storr
(In scottish gaelic: ‘Bodach an Stòrr’)
The Old Man of Storr. The rock formation can be seen just to the right of the tall cliffs.
A man and his wife would walk to the top of a hill on Skye every evening. One day, he realized that they had both been growing old- and her most of all. She was becoming unable to join him in the climb up the hill. The fairy folk who had watched them go up every evening had offered the old man the chance to always have his wife with him wherever he went. The old man accepted the offer but the fairy folk tricked them and turned them both into pillars of rock, ensuring that they would indeed always be together.
NOTE TO SELF: when making a deal with the faeries, always be EXTREMELY clear in your side of the “bargain.”
* note that is is only ONE of the many stories of the Old Man of Storr, but it is the one we were told on our journey.
To visit my next post, click here- Isle of Skye Part 3- Whisky!
- Do you believe in faeries? Have you any stories of the fae, pixies, sprites, or the Good Folk? Share in the comments!