Over the sea to Skye
These days, you don’t have to catch a boat or ferry and can drive straight over the large Skye bridge. That’s the Old Man of Storr in the hills above, a beautiful rock formation visible for miles around. This post details a holiday I took with my family in 2017, before chronic illness put paid to such things as holidays. For now. I have to believe, for now. But enough of that, over the sea to Skye we go!
The island is a place of fairies: there’s a castle and a glen and a bridge, much smaller than the one taken to get to the island. But first, back to another rock formation, specifically the one spied from the bedroom window of our holiday house.
‘That’s an interesting rocky outcrop,’ said I to husband.
‘Aye, we should walk up to it,’ he replied.
So we did.
And there was Dun Hallin, an Iron Age broch we had intended visiting but thought would be hard to find. Duns, or brochs, were a complex form of roundhouse, probably defensive, precursors to castles.
I loved Dun Hallin and the surprise of finding it like that. And the wonderful views of Trumpan Point.
The Trial Stone
Trumpan Kirkyard held surprise too. An ancient standing stone, Clach Deuchainn, the Trial Stone:
Trial stones were used to try a person. In this case if the accused could put their finger in the hole located on the stone, while blindfold, they were innocent. The stone is undoubtedly far older than this use. It is also known as the Priest Stone and the Heaven Stone.
There were some interesting graves too; these, and the gruesome history of the church can be read about here.
But back to the fairies. Firstly the Fairy Glen, an unusual land formation, which sadly does not have anyfolklore associated with it, but it does feel otherworldly when you walk round it.
The rocky peak is known as Castle Ewen:
It’s Dunvegan Castle that we need for fairy legends!
Displayed inside the castle, so no photos, is the ancient and tattered Fairy Flag. There are many stories and traditions surrounding this relic and its origins. The tale favoured in the information provided to visitors is the one in which the Chief of Clan Macleod marries a fairy. The couple have a child together but the fairy knows she has to return to her people in Fairyland. She leaves the magical flag, imbued with protective powers, wrapped round the baby, and this she does a few miles away at the Fairy Bridge:
There are also Fairy Pools on Skye but we did not get to them this trip. We did manage a quick visit to Kilt Rock:
We also took in the Museum of Island Life, one of the few places on the island with good mobile internet which meant I was distracted by a sudden barrage of Twitter notifications!
Near to the museum is the memorial to Flora MacDonald:
One more fairy mention: the house we stayed in was previously owned by the writer Aileen P. Roberts, and full of books, so I read her novella Fairy Fire while there, which was set in Skye and surprising and perfect.
The sun rises over Dun Hallin:
And sets at Trumpan Point:
We’ll be back over the sea to Skye again one day!
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67 Replies to “Over the Sea to Skye and the Fairies”
Thank you for sharing your awesome trip and pictures! Wonderful!
Glad you liked!
How wonderful – magic galore!
loved this “visit” thank YOU
You’re welcome 🙂
Oh, the gifts of following you on WordPress! Your post is Intriguing and mesmerizing!
Thank you so much!
Over the sea to Skye… This is a wonderfully informative and beautifully illustrated post. May I share it on a Facebook page?
I love the fact that the “interesting rocky outcrop” turned out to be an Iron Age broch — and not just any broch — the one you had wanted to see but thought you’d not find! Great post! I enjoyed all the pictures and history. Horrible what happened at that church! Thanks for including that link. When I visited the Isle of Skye it was pouring rain and I couldn’t see a thing, so I always enjoy seeing pictures of what I missed.
Ah yes, it rained on us a few times too. Very changeable weather on the islands. I’m glad you liked the post 🙂
Love this! <3 Thanks for sharing your journeys and gorgeous photography.
Glad you like 🙂
Will be visiting in September. Your essay is magical. Can’t wait. Thank you for sharing.
I hope you have a magical time too!
Beautiful photos. You make me long for a return visit 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
I want to go back too.
Gorgeous photos. 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Enjoyable post about an area we did not venture too. Though we did spend approx 2 months there last summer, so must get around to blogging about it! It is a beautiful part of the world, much like NZ! Though not so much the weather 😉
It does rain quite a bit in the islands!
So I have heard 🙂
I can’t believe it has taken me this long to realise you have a blog. Too busy looking at your lovely pictures on Twitter. I love this part of the world, will try and call in more often. 🙂
Glad you like 🙂
Love your blog and your Pinterest page because it takes me back t Scotland where I spent four very happy years of my life. I have nominated your blog for the Mystery Blog Award. Thank you for all the amazing pictures.
It is an incredibly beautiful place 🙂
So happy you got to take this walk! Thank you for taking us with you via your beautiful photographs!
I’m so glad you like the photos 🙂
Whoa! Amazing hillsides. Maybe one of these days I’ll see them in person.
The landscape of Skye is spectacular, lots of glacial deposits!
Perfect timing // Skye is up next!!
Wonderful! I hope you have a great time 🙂
Absolutely wonderful! Reblogging to my readers at sister site Timeless Wisdoms
You take beautiful photographs, absolutely lovely <3 And, as it's currently 110 degrees outside where I live…I absolutely wished I could have stepped through my screen and into one of them.
I’m glad you like the photos Ariana and hope it warms up for you soon!
Since it’s becoming increasingly doubtful I will visit Scotland, especially Skye, your blog helps to quell my longing to see it. Lovely photos. You’ve captured the charm I keep hearing about this part of the world.
I’m glad you like it 🙂
The Skye and Ullapool areas were two of my favorites. Lucky, lucky you to have them so readily close! I do believe there is magic in those mountains. 🙂
I am on the other side of Scotland to them, but I do love them deeply and want to revisit soon.
Just being anywhere in Scotland must be amazing!
I do love it.
Hi there. Fabulous reading this post having just been to Skye myself!
Wonderful place 🙂
I really enjoyed reading your blog about Skye., my island home. Beautiful images.
Skye is such a stunning place; how wonderful to live there 🙂
What a beautiful place.
We had a lovely week in a cottage on Skye, near Dunvegan Castle.
It is such a great place 🙂
your pics are so good! could i save a couple please?
Yes, just credit if you share 🙂
Lovely post and pictures. I’m no stranger to chronic pain. I’m in a bad bout with it as I type. Here’s to both of our healing and good health. Thank you for sharing the history of Scotland. One of my favorite countries next to my birth country and ancestry home of Italy.
I hope your bout passes soon, Lori. I’m having a small one just now too.
Wow beautiful places.
Skye is lovely.
So beautiful, I had to share to my Twitter audience
Thank you, Lisa Beth 🙂
We loved Skye and hit all those spots as well as the fairie pools.
I hope to return and see those pools 🙂