Fairy Glen
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The Fairy Glen is a unique and unusual landscape, a geological wonder on the Isle of Skye. It is situated between the villages of Sheader and Balnacnoc.
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  • Anna10110
    Waterloo, Canada20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit.
    The Fairy Glen is a quick, beautiful walk to a very unique landscape of hills, rocks, and soft grassy ridges. I have heard it described as enchanting and it was. We visited in mid July and were able to get a parking spot around 9:30am. There is pay parking (you can use your debit or credit card at the parking machine). The drive there needs a lot of patience and you need to be very alert as it is a single track road. The circle of rocks that are in all the photos was not there (not naturally there in other words and put there by visitors) which was not disappointing at all as the sight is still magical. The views are stunning, and it is easy to spend 30 - 45 minutes once you get there just exploring the hills and looking at the views from every angle. I would recommend this as part of a day itinerary to explore Skye.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Lucas M
    Belgium166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical place
    A truly magical location! Hard to describe, I would say the best way to imagine it is that you have walked into a place inhabited by Hobbits. Small rolling hills, babbling brooks, meandering paths... If you didn't know any better you really would think it was home to fairies.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Jane S
    Omagh, United Kingdom427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fairy Glen Isle of Skye
    Oh my god what a beautiful place. We were off the itinerary for this and what an amazing beautiful treat! Weather on Skye was fab. The fairies were good to us. The views were perfect. Scotland /Isle of Skye has some of the most beautiful dramatic scenery. Definitely worth visiting while in Skye.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Thomas G
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,837 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great stop
    Fairy glen is a small fairy tale walk on the Isle of Skye. Although it is a small hike, this is worth visiting. There are a lot of sheep, you can easily climb some rocks and have some views, which make this a perfect stop for 30 minutes. The road from Uig here, is funny, but good to do. Enjoy this sight!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Debra S
    44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical place
    Due to terrible weather (bad rain and wind due to remnants of Hurricane Lee), this was the only outdoor activity we did on Skye, and I'm do glad we prioritized and came here. This place is like magic. We felt like kids wandering all around the glen and kept thinking something magical was about to appear. We definitely think the name is appropriate! We could have spent even longer here, but after about 3 hours the rain started and it was time to get ready for dinner.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 23, 2023
  • Krista R
    65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical and Breathtaking
    I have never been somewhere so magical as Fairy Glen. When we parked , it was cloudy then when we got to the hills , it started snowing and it was just so peaceful and mysterious. I’ve never seen anything like it. I can’t wait to take my kids.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 12, 2024
  • annamarie m
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning and tranquil
    Absolute beautiful, stunning, there aren't words for how much I loved this place, I was too scared to go to the top but the whole area was gorgeous. Only one stupid woman clearly disregarding the notices to stay off the actual fairy ring as she 'needed' a photo on top of it, put a smudge on the experience, but on the whole I cannot wait to go back, a bit of an Enid Blyton moment from my childhood. Personally I felt it was magical
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2024
  • lottie03
    Littleborough, United Kingdom1,856 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous to visit.
    A beautiful and highly unusual spot on the West of Skye not far from Uig. The trail takes you through the formations in an anticlockwise direction. The walk is under 30 mins with a few stops to take in the views. It was tranquil and ethereal, for me a mixture of Enid Blyton and Hobbit World. Definitely worth a stop.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 30, 2024
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Victor K
Hong Kong, China567 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We came to Fairy Glen during our north island loop road trip. This is close to the Uig Ferry Terminal and a five minutes drive from the main road. It ended up as one of the most interesting spot of our travel in Skye. The little hills scattered around the valley and a ruin castle have formed the fairy picture. We went in a good day and I suspect the atmosphere in a cloudy or misty day would be totally different. The whole place is small and you probably don't need an hour to cover the whole area. If you are rush, 15 minutes can roughly cover most of the area. Bring a picnic if time is right for you. It was a pleasant surprise. Do not miss it. The parking ticket paid in other places seems equally usable here as there was no marking in the ticket showing the exact location of validity.
Written September 3, 2021
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JCLogan
Kelso, UK600 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
The fairy glen os quite difficult to find if you follow some of the advice online. One car park recommend is a good hours walk from the actuall fairy glen so make sure to get the postcode correct before travelling. There is a car park right next to the fairy glen and this is currently being extended. The walk might be busy as it us a very popular place to visit. Lots of lovely areas to explore and get photos.
Written August 30, 2020
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StevenTristanYoung
San Francisco, CA149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Definitely one of the highlights of my trip. Getting there required paying a taxi driver to drive me up the narrow path and to wait for me after I finished looking at the location. It's such a gorgeous picturesque area to take some lovely photographs.
Written May 10, 2020
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Roger K
Rio Rancho, NM490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
While researching our trip to Scotland, the pictures I saw of this location were some of the most intriguing that I found on the internet. It looked pretty magical and we were determined to find it. In fact, it ended up being on the reasons that we decided to stay on the Isle of Skye for one night, rather than just making a day trip to the Isle.

We stayed in the village of Uig at the Uig Hotel (separately reviewed). Fairy Glen and Castle Ewan turned out to be just a mile or so behind the hotel.

A couple of words of warning. There is not much parking space available so be prepared to stop and walk if you're in high tourist season. We were there in November and only a few people were there at the same time we were.

The location was also very muddy so wear good shoes (not a bad recommendation at any time while in Scotland). You can see the stone referred to as Castle Ewan from the road. However, you will have no idea where Fairy Glen is until you walk up the hill. Even then, you have to continue up another short hill to where you then will be able to look down upon the stone circle in the glen just beyond Castle Ewan.

This is definitely worth a stop, and not too difficult to find. Just remember it is off of the road just behind the Uig Hotel.
Written January 16, 2020
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bluebeaver71
Hertfordshire59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Beautiful landscape think Lord of the Rings, Hobbit etc - magical, eerily quiet and ambient….. aside from the presence of annoying drones buzzing away. Such a shame - wish people would realise that not everyone wants to hear them, we just wanted to experience the place quietly, not so on this occasion. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Written August 1, 2021
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Walking Scotland
Forfar, UK148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
It is a lovely glen with fascinating geological formations. There is a path to take you all around the features to be seen. There is parking at the, start of the path. There is a charge for parking. The charge is reasonable as the fees are used to keep the road upgraded and the Glen accessible. Take warm clothing as it is an outdoor activity and leave plenty of time for exploration.
Written May 22, 2021
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Anna10110
Waterloo, Canada20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The Fairy Glen is a quick, beautiful walk to a very unique landscape of hills, rocks, and soft grassy ridges. I have heard it described as enchanting and it was. We visited in mid July and were able to get a parking spot around 9:30am. There is pay parking (you can use your debit or credit card at the parking machine). The drive there needs a lot of patience and you need to be very alert as it is a single track road. The circle of rocks that are in all the photos was not there (not naturally there in other words and put there by visitors) which was not disappointing at all as the sight is still magical. The views are stunning, and it is easy to spend 30 - 45 minutes once you get there just exploring the hills and looking at the views from every angle. I would recommend this as part of a day itinerary to explore Skye.
Written July 25, 2023
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CharlottegCHC
Dalgety Bay, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
Going in the winter months mean you get this spot pretty much to your self. On a slight misty dusk this was the perfect time to visit, creating a real magical feel. The climb up to Castle Ewan gives the great views down over the glen from both sides though attention should be brought to the roped off areas where you are not to stand on the grass.

It is an area that invokes the imagination and is loved by children and adults alike.
Written February 23, 2023
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rachelaudrey26
Edinburgh, UK148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We visited around 1500 and there were a few people at the glen but it was not busy or overcrowded as some reviews suggest (possibly due to covid?)

You could spend about 30 mins here or longer but it’s a pretty place to wander around & climb up some of the mounds to see the view! The car park looks like it is under construction at the moment but we got parked easily enough. The road is single track but not any better / worse than the other single track roads on Skye - it only takes 5-10 mins drive from the main road into Uig.

We thoroughly enjoyed it & it would be a lovely place to go if you had kids.
Written August 20, 2020
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Charlotte L
Southampton, UK159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Wasn't sure what to expect from this, but we were exploring Skye and decided to make a stop here. So glad we did as it looked stunning and was one of our favourite things we did! As 2 adults, we spent just under an hour here wandering around and taking photos but you could spend a lot longer if you wanted to. The time was mainly having patience while large groups of tourists were running into the iconic photo haha! You have to pay for parking and it is fairly limited.
Written August 27, 2021
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