Isle of Man – Fairy Glen
Each year we go to Fairy glen to see the colourful lights and track down the fairy houses. I know, I know – it all sounds a bit bizarre but this is the Isle of Man and we go all out – especially when it comes to manx fairies. Yes, I know Christmas is over, but I thought I’d let you know the lights are being turned off tonight for another season (until August) when the excitement builds once more.
So what is fairy glen? Well it’s actually called Summerhill Glen, located in Douglas with a river running down the centre. There are a handful of wide pathways and quite a few steps, so pushchairs are not advisable. There are recycled chairs dotted around the glen made from wood, old oil barrels & metal. But not only that, there are lots of little fairy doors hidden amongst the trees with the names of the fairies who live in the glen. The kids get a lot of enjoyment out of locating these, especially in the dark of night!
Now, I have 2 boys so you’d think by 6 and 8 years old the thought of going to visit the fairies and lights might repulse them?! Absolutely not, they love it!! It’s always a great family outing and the boys enjoy getting wrapped up, grabbing their torches and going on a fairy hunt. To be fair, I love it too I came here when I was a little girl – it’s great passing on traditions.
As we wander around the boys love seeing the different animals lit up and if you get there just before the switch on it can be even more magical; watching them come to life. Just make sure you have torches with you as it’s very dark before the lights come on.
If you park on Victoria Road, Douglas you can gain access from here with parking on the main road. The first part of the glen is a little steep but manageable. Just watch your footing as it can be slippy. Alternatively, you can park on the opposite side of the glen (near summerhill – which is very steep and not for those less able) and make your way in through the gates situated half way up the hill.
We always park on Victoria road. After you walk down the hill there is a turning on your left (second one) which takes you up and around the glen. You can see most of the lights from up here and is great for ‘spotting’ the different animals and displays that there are. If you continue further down the glen, on the right hand side you will see a christmas tree park (as pictured below).
photo courtesy of @douglasboroughcouncil
It is only a small glen and so only takes around half an hour to walk around. But it’s a great outing for the family on a cold & crisp evening & certainly gets you in the festive mood at Christmas.
If you’re around the area in Winter, go and check it out!