Fairy Glen (Uig)

Skye | Uig | Natural landscape | ★★★★

[Fairy Glen]

Leave the map in the car and release your inner child - Fairy Glen is tailor-made for spontaneous, worry-free exploring! Bizarre, magical and intriguing all accurately describe this cute landscape-in-miniature, found a few miles from Uig on the Isle of Skye's Trotternish peninsula. Ancient landslides and subsequent erosion - or fairies, you choose - have created a wonderful natural playground which charms adults and children alike. Castle Ewen's basalt tower, climbable from the back, draws the attention but there are countless other odd hillocks, crags and lochans to marvel at, run up, perch on or skirt around on your personal tour. The place is small enough that it doesn't matter what route you take - an hour or two is enough to see the most interesting parts. Now for the downer: the place has skyrocketed in popularity over recent years thanks to social media, and gets very, very, very busy (have we emphasised that enough?) in peak season. With access by single-track road and no proper car park, chaos ensues. There's no easy solution, but for now, we recommend visiting early or late in the day (perhaps making use of Scotland's long summer evenings) if you're coming at this time of year. And please don't build pointless piles or spirals of stones - the damage we've seen to the landscape due to people pulling rocks out of the ground or from old walls when comparing photos from our 2015 and 2019 visits is a bit sad.

[Castle Ewen]

📌 Fairy Glen (Uig) ★★★
Location: Minor road to Balnaknock, 2 miles east of Uig pier, G.R.: NG 415631 ///drew.pushing.scrambles
Anything else? If arriving by car, we recommend parking before you reach Castle Ewen and the main part of the glen, at around G.R.: NG 411632 ///puddings.crusted.cabin. If the spaces here are full, there's even less likely to be space further into the glen! Avoid blocking passing places, access or damaging grass verges. Once successfully parked, just pick a path and wander into the grassy landscape. Paths are occasionally muddy with an easy scramble through a rocky cleft to ascend Castle Ewen.

[Fairy Glen]

[Fairy Glen]

[Fairy Glen]

[Fairy Glen]

[Fairy Glen]

[Fairy Glen]

[View from Castle Ewen]

[View from Castle Ewen]

[Fairy Glen]

[Fairy Glen]

[Stone stacking notice]

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