‘You’re sure of a big surprise… No, seriously. If you take a trip to Doon Hill near the Scottish town of Aberfoyle and take a circular walk into the countryside, you will stumble across the magical Fairy Glen…’
You have been warned…
Apparently, in the 1600s, a local Vicar spotted some sparkly little beings at Doon Hill near Aberfoyle. In honour of this fairy story (see what I did there?), the local authority decided to bring the whole thing to life. Fairy Glen is the result. Lots of dead trees in the woodland have been carved to produce some affordable council accommodation our magical little residents…
And it’s seriously good. In what’s already a rather popular area for family walks, the council has endeavoured to increase visitor and get them to take more exercise. They’ve done this in a fantastically creative way. I’m not sure if the work was carried out by the council’s own staff but, if so, they got some serious chainsaw talent in Stirling.
Behold the magic of Fairy Glen in all its glory:
You can park for free at the Aberfoyle Woollen Mill or adjoining car park. From here, you can wander up over bridge to start the trail. There are so many carvings to discover as you explore the woods and enjoy some fresh Scottish air. I swear you won’t catch the slightest sniff of deep fried mars bars as you go on your merry way. We don’t actually eat those anyway… .
Depending on the time of your visit you might spot families walking with their little girls, all dressed up in pink tutus and fairy costumes. The kids, I mean, not the adults. That would be weird. Even for Scotland.
Should you make it aaaall the way to the top of the hill, there you’ll find decorated trees. Many have handwritten notes to the fairies and lovely, heartfelt messages written to loved ones who have passed. It’s wonderful to see a normal wooded area transformed into a beautiful and serene area for fun or reflection.
After mingling with the fairies, you can turn the corner and find yourself on top of the world. Or, rather, on top of a hill in central Scotland. Either way, the scenery won’t let you down because obviously.
Hi, I'm Suz. I love travelling (obvs..), dogs, shoes and wine, although not necessarily in that order. I'm originally from Scotland, but now live in Snowdonia in North Wales with my husband and a seriously large shoe collection.