Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information and images on the unique Fairy Glen in the Trotternish region of the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

This small, secluded valley is characterised by a concentration of small, cone-shaped hills, pools and rocks.The hills may have been formed by a ‘wind tunnel’ effect at the end of the last ice age, about 11,000 years ago.

The Glen is accessed via a narrow, single-track road off the A87 near Uig in the N.W. of Skye. The road ends at a small community called Balnaknock, which is about two miles from the A87. On reaching Balnaknock visitors must turn round and return by the same road. A waterfall is usually visibly to the N.E. from Balnaknock looking towards Bioda Buidhe, a mountain with height of 1523 ft.

Waterfalls on landscape

The grassy terrain is usually populated by flocks of sheep.

Video clip of Fairy Glen, Skye.

This highly unusual landscape is not sign posted and hence is often by-passed by most casual tourists. This is perhaps beneficial because the narrow road cannot cope with high volumes of traffic.

Road through Fairy Glen, Skye, Scotland

Reflections at Fairy Glen, Skye


Classic conical hill at Fairy Glen, Skye

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