Celtic Fairy Myths

Part of this month’s Travel Tuesday theme—Local Legends. Come join along and link up! 

Scottish Highlands
On top of a fairy hill

Although Scotland and Ireland are quite different, you’d think they were the same in regards to their fairy legends. While on a short tour around Dingle, the bus driver stopped and had everyone walking around a fairy hill. This was a novelty for me so I took lots of pictures of what seemed to be a normal circle of trees. While on a tour around the Ring of Kerry on a completely separate day with a completely separate bus driver, he too had us stop and walk around a fairy hill. I took fewer photos this time. Needless to say, when our Isle of Skye tour guide stopped at a random spot filled with mounds and hills, I could’ve guessed where this was going. But I still took photos because Scottish fairies, guys!

Scottish Highlands
Fairy hill farther away

If I were Samuel L. Jackson, I’d be saying “I’m tired of these motherfucking fairies on these motherfucking tours!” But alas, I am not. And so, I visited the fairy hills with good spirit. Also I didn’t want to be cursed.

After three accidental fairy-themed tours, I think it’s safe to say that I’m quite well-versed in fairies. And I noticed some themes and characteristics of these fairies that the average Joe may not know. But may guess. Regardless, I will continue!

Fairies don’t want you to see them | Why else do you think you’ve never seen these fairies? They don’t want you to know they exist! Sometimes, you may see something fluttering at the corner of your eye and think, Oh no, I’m starting to get eye floaters. But no, don’t go to the doctor straight away. It might have been a rare fairy sighting!

They are quite social creatures | Apparently, fairies all live together in a large community. Sometimes, it’s just a normal community, sometimes you hear about some fairy politics—usually a monarchy, if anything. If mentioned, there would usually be a fairy queen and/or king that rules the other fairies. These little communities resembles yours and mine—minus the magic part and the existing under the radar. So, the closest human form of fairies are people who live off the grid.

Fairies are pretty vindictive | If you dare take anything from their precious land, you’re going to regret it. Although the word “fairy” conjures up images of Tinkerbell, don’t make the mistake of thinking they are Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell with devil horns, maybe. They also dislike people with bad traits, but so does every other magical creature. So as long as you don’t provoke them or as long as you’re not a horrible person, you should be fine.

They are real-life Photoshoppers | As in, they can make you see illusions or whatever else they want you to see. Which goes along well with #1, which explains why we humans can never really see them until they want us to. They can also Photoshop their own appearances to trick you. They’re quite good at trickery.

What are some of the coolest myths you’ve heard on a tour?

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  • http://prettythingandco.com/ Madaline

    Ok, I have to admit I’m one of the one’s that would probably SIGN UP for a fairy tour! I love the idea of them…

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha if I knew what I was getting and if it were more comprehensive, I’d definitely go on a fairy tour! Thanks, Madaline :)

  • http://thepumpkinshead.wordpress.com/ Betty J. Ogburn

    …Wow–idk if I’m really that bada**, but thank you for the shoutout, haha!!…

    Btw–I thought that those things (the fairy hills) were cursed, or something???…

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha no problem, Betty! Have no idea, but didn’t really get that idea from what my tour guide said—otherwise she probably wouldn’t have let us near it!

  • http://www.laurenonlocation.com laurenonlocation

    I used to be obsessed with fairies (especially Tinkerbell), so obviously lovin’ these stories! When I went to Ireland I didn’t hear anything about these vindictive little creatures! (kinda sad about it) Welp, now I know for next time! Thanks for sharing :D

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha you need to ask about it next time!! Yeah, ditto for me when I was younger! But I didn’t really call it fairies—I believe that whenever I closed my eyes, little people would come out and do mischievous things. Kind of like Small Soldiers (the movie?), but less evil. Or terrifying.

  • http://www.californienne.com/ Marianne

    I loved hearing all of the Irish folklore on the tour that I went on in Ireland. Such cheery fun! I’m heading to Scotland in July I think so I’m looking forward to hearing it then. Loved your play on the Samuel Jackson quote, made me lol. fo realz

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Hahah thanks, Marianne! :) I love hearing stories too because I think it makes a place MEAN something more to me! You’re going to have a GREAT time in Scotland.

  • http://www.ramblinlove.com RamblinLove

    Oh funny! When we were in Scotland, they explained the existence of a giant bolder by saying to witches got into a fight on either side of the loch and started throwing things at each other, the rock was one of those things.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Ooh! Where were you touring? And I love hearing about all their stories—how places got their names, etc! It attaches more meaning to a place than general good scenery.

  • http://www.crumbsinthebed.com/ Kerri

    Nah, I don’t believe you. Fairies aren’t real.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      You must believe everything I say!!

  • http://www.adifferentpieceofsky.com Sara

    Haha, love the Sam Jackson comment. So true. And I love that last picture of you on that hill! That landscape just looks amazing. My host family’s last au pair was from Northern Ireland and was apparently very into these types of legends and just really superstitious in general. She was really weary of the two siamese cats here, because they are super vocal and “talk” a lot. I think she thought they were demon cats hahaha.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Aw, thanks Sara! I agree, which is why I continued taking photos haha :) I feel like Irish and Scottish people are just pretty superstitious in general, but that may be a stereotype hahaha. But siamese cats are a whole other issue… because remember in Lady and the Tramp? Yeah, they terrified me as a kid.

  • http://www.routebliss.com/ Christina McCall

    I don’t know about the fairy part, but the landscape sure is pretty!

  • http://www.clemandmarcella.wordpress.com/ Marcella ~ WhatAWonderfulWorld

    Great post :) Those fairies sure get about don’t they… just the other day I had those eye floaters going on, but now I know the truth ;)

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Hahaha I’m glad I caught you before you went to a doctor ;)

  • http://www.thriftygypsytravels.com Katrina Elisabet

    This post made me chortle. As opposed to your other posts, which make me chuckle, guffaw, and titter. I can’t believe I’d never seen your blog before you became a Travel Tuesday host! I’ve been missing out.

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Oh man, what a compliment :) thanks so much, Katrina! And I know, I’m meeting so many people through Travel Tuesday—I love it!!

    • http://dianadegzz.blogspot.com/ Diana

      I agree with Katrina!

      • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

        Aww, thanks Diana :)

  • http://www.sara-says.com/ Sara @ Sara Says

    This looks amazing! I’m moving to Ireland in late April and can’t wait to explore the gorgeous scenery! Glad I saw you in the travel tuesday linkup :)

    http://www.sara-says.com

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Yay I can’t wait to read all about it! I definitely wanted to do the same thing that you’re going to do… but it was too late by the time I would apply. Thanks, Sara!

  • http://abbyroads.com/ Abby | abbyroads.com

    The scenery looks awesome! I’m heading to Scotland this summer so Ill have to be on the lookout for fairies ;)

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Make sure you go to the Highlands!! They were my favorite part (although I wasn’t there long enough to really have a “favorite” out of the two places I visited) ;)

  • http://www.simplysaratravel.com/ Sara

    Hahaha I absolutely loved this post on fairies!! I’ve been to Dingle but with a friend who grew up in the area – I have to ask him why he didn’t tell me about the fairies! That fairy hill in the first photo looks absolutely stunning…like, is that place for real? Beautiful!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Haha that one was taken in the Highlands! I couldn’t find the photos of the fairy hills in Ireland… woops. I know! I loved climbing all over these hills :) Thanks, Sara!

  • http://beardenplantation.blogspot.com/ Dorrie M

    hahaha this is great! Love the photos as well!! -Dorrie @ Bear Den Plantation

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Thanks, Dorrie!

  • http://www.tothedayslikethis.com/ Sammy @ Days Like This

    I love fairies!!!! I am going to the Scottish Highlands soon. I will be on the look out ;)

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Yay!!! Hope you have so much fun!!

  • Foreign Geek

    I never been to fairies themed tour, I would love to! One of the coolest myths I heard was when I visited Japan. The locals believe that Mt. Fuji is a kami, a form of God/protector.

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    Excellent information re: fairies. I wrote a children’s story about Cornish piskeys once and it has left me with a lifelong love for these little beings. Piskeys aint all that nice either!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      Thanks, Holly! You wrote a children’s story?! When?? Was it published? That’s awesome!

      • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

        No, nothing like that – I really should blog it or blog about Cornish piskeys at some point!

        • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

          You should! I’d love to read it! :)

          • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

            I have put it on the ‘to blog’ list ;)

  • http://adventitiousviolet.com/ Camila @ AdventitiousViolet

    ha love love the idea of fairies! I have yet to make it to the fairy pools and the faerie glen on Skye!

    • http://mishfish13.com/ Michelle @ Mishfish13

      You gotta go!