Fairytale Destination the Isle of Skye Scotland


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The Storr by Stephen Emerson

There is a place that I am completely spellbound by, the Isle of Skye in the awe-inspiring outer Highlands of Scotland.

There are so many magical places to explore. I can’t even begin to tell you how much research I have put into covering the topic of fairytale destinations . I am often asked, “What is your favorite fairytale place?” And every time I go completely blank. My mind becomes an electrical impulse pinball machine as I look back upon my research and wanderlust.

There is no way in my lifetime that I could ever choose just one.

Skye is a fortress of myth and legend. Stories of epic bloodletting battles, tales of mythical creatures, and even dinosaur prints are par for a visit to its six unique regions. It is home to scores of historical and archaeological sites, castles, lush gardens and landscapes, all offering a wide variety of outdoor activities to enjoy. With landmarks on the map like the Fairy Pools, Fairy Glen and the Fairy Bridge, the Isle of Skye is sure to enchant most anyone.

The history, magic and myth of Skye embodies the very essence of fairytale travel and is truly an unforgettable experience. It’s one of those places that bring me back to a time when I was a princess skipping stones in a pond behind my childhood home. It’s funny how the smallest detail can be so concise in unearthing the oldest memories of ones youth. Perhaps this is why I am so passionate about fairytale travel, and why so many people are charmed by legend and lore. From this I will reason that my favorite fairytale place may not be yours, but the Isle of Skye is undoubtedly a perfect place to start searching.

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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  1. […] The Isle of Skye: Scotland’s Gateway to History, Legend and Myth (thefairytaletraveler.wordpress.com) […]

  2. Sounds amazing – Scotland has always seemed like a fairytale to me, as it’s so wild and steeped in myth and legend. Thanks for the recommendation. Jx

    Jade / Reply
  3. I LOVE Skye! I did a 3 day trip with Haggis Tours and fell in love with the fairytales they told about the isle! Good choice! 🙂

    Hannah / Reply
  4. This is so pretty; Scotland is on my list of places to visit

    manadh / Reply
  5. I haven’t been to the Isle of Skye but many years ago myself and family had a holiday at a place called Pitlochery in Scotland. It is there where everyone goes to see the ‘ Salmon Jump ‘ which was fascinating. I have never seen so many salmon in all my life, there were literary hundreds of them. There must be a folk lore story to that you may like to look up. I will check back at some stage and see if you have found anything. Love your blog so thanks for shaing

    ritaroberts / Reply
  6. I most certainly will Christa. Photo’s will bring back so many memories because my boys were only age 4 and 8 that was many years ago they are now in their 50’s I simply love Scotland and its history.

    ritaroberts / Reply
  7. I think I may be a little biased, seeing as how I was born on Skye, but I completely agree. Skye is one of the most faerie-esque places I’ve ever been to. Did you know that the Clan MacLeod has long had associations with the Fae? In the castle at Dunvegan, there is a scrap of silk, which legend says was given to the Clan’s chief by a faerie queen.

    Skye is also the traditional home to the Unseelie Fae, the Dark Court of the Fae world. And, although it’s not strictly faerie-related, it’s where Cu Chulainn of Irish myth was tutored by Scathach, the Scottish warrior woman. The Scots Gaelic for Skye, by the way, is An t-Eilean Sgitheanach, which means Isle of Shadows.

    And now I’ve proven to be a big nerd! 😉

    Fiona Skye / Reply
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  9. We live on Skye….magical for outsiders, I guess…..it’s beautiful in summer. The Fairy Pools are lovely, though SERIOUSLY cold! 😀

    Rhiannon / Reply

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