Isle of Skye Fairy Glen

Fairy Glen: The Cutest Place to Explore on the Isle of Skye

Julie Scotland 6 Comments

The Fairy Glen is a lesser-known attraction on the Isle of Skye. It’s also one of the cutest places on the island to explore.

The Fairy Glen was the first place we visited on the Isle of Skye. Located on the Trotternish Peninsula, it is easy to combine the Fairy Glen with a visit to The Quiraing, Kilt Rock, and the Old Man of Storr. Many people skip this place, but we loved it here.

We arrived at 9:30 in the morning, and for a wee bit, we had the lovely little Fairy Glen all to ourselves. Pure magic!

Fairy Glen Isle of Skye

While Tim and Tyler fired up the drone for its first international flight, Kara and I went off exploring.

The Fairy Glen is small. It’s just a short walk along the path up the hill. Along the way, you will walk through the coolest grove of crooked, gnarly trees covered in moss. It looked just like a place you would expect to find fairies.

Fairy Glen Trees

Hiking Fairy Glen Scotland

From the top of the hill, we had a great view over the area.

View from Fairy Glen

Kara Rivenbark

Kara and I climbed up the rocky prominence, named Castle Ewen. From this high spot we had an awesome view (and a chance to wave hello to our drone).

Fairy Glen in Scotland

Hiking Fairy Glen Isle of Skye

Julie Rivenbark Isle of Skye

Why aren’t there more people here? This place is wonderful!!

As soon as I had that thought, a small tour bus pulled up. And then a car. And a bit later, a second car. Our solitude ended, but at least we had the chance to have this place to ourselves, just for a little bit.

The Fairy Glen by Drone:

Tyler gets the credit for this video. He is our drone pilot and video editor. 

Getting to the Fairy Glen

The Fairy Glen is located on the Trotternish Peninsula of the Isle of Skye. The closest town is Uig, a tiny coastal town on the western coast of the peninsula.

Fairy Glen Map

From Portree, take A87 north towards Uig. Just before the Uig Hotel, turn right onto the small single track road. There will be a road sign here to Sheader and Balnaknock.

Follow this road for 1.5 miles (2.4 km). The Fairy Glen, with its odd, mystical peaks will come into view. There are a several small turnoffs here to park your car.

Driving to the Fairy Glen

Tips on Visiting the Fairy Glen

Allow about one hour for your visit.

Get here early if you want the best chance to have the Fairy Glen all to yourself. We started here first and then went clockwise around the Trotternish Peninsula, heading next to the Quiraing.

Visiting the Fairy Glen is free.

This is a great place to visit for people of all ages and abilities. It’s a great place to let kids explore…hiking trails, sheep, the chance to see a fairy…what kid wouldn’t love this?

Post updated August 2017.

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Fairy Glen Isle of Skye Photos and Drone Video


Comments 6

  1. Your photographs are amazing! Did you bring/use a tripod with you on your hikes? I never see you carrying one in your photos. Seems like the overcast low light conditions would make one necessary. We are planning our trip to Scotland for May and your website information has been invaluable. Thanks!

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      Sometimes we carry a tripod but it depends on the hike. I did not use a tripod in the Fairy Glen or in most of the hikes we did in Scotland. The only place in Scotland was the Kintail Saddle but that was to take a family photo. We use a MeFoto tripod, a lightweight, small tripod that works great and isn’t too heavy. Check out our photography gear post to learn more. Enjoy Scotland!! Cheers, Julie

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  2. hi there..l visited the Fairy Glen back in late May this year..unfortunately it was drizzling that day, plus we were heading back to Kyleakin to park for the night after coming back from Isle of Harris on afternoon alas did not have the time to dedicate to it as l would have liked..l did climb one hill but did not get to see the stone squiggles that you showed in your footage..l am so disappointed in myself now, so l will just have to do it again l think..

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      Hello Carol. It’s a shame you missed seeing those rock circles, but the Isle of Skye is a great place to visit again. It’s been a year since we were there and we are all dreaming of going back someday. Cheers, Julie

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