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.  It all happens when the nights are darker.

So what is fairy glen?  Well it’s actually called Summerhill Glen, located in Douglas.  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 7 and 9 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 to Fairy Glen 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).  

There is a beautiful glow as you walk further down the glen as you reach the summer hill end, where 2 canons are situated that once guarded our coastal waters.


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!

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4 Responses

  1. Jona says:

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this post and also the rest
    of the website is also really good.

    • admin says:

      Thanks for the comment. Still trying to get to grips with the set up of a blog but all feedback welcome and appreciated! Marie 🙂

  2. Steven walker says:

    Oh wow,I remember walking the Glen in the late 60s, I was around 9 or 10, I loved it,also remember going on a go kart at onchan stadium,and having hot blackcurrant at a cafe in Douglas in the sister was 6,and loved the fairies and lights,just sent her the link,great to see its still going strong,great childhood memories.

    • Marie says:

      Thanks Steven. I still love it and I’m 43!! Hopefully when the nights get darker we’ll be able to enjoy them again soon – thanks for your comment. Marie

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