In search of Fairies and Giants in the Scottish Highlands

Scotland’s Highlands and Islands have been described as magical, beautiful and captivating by everyone who has been fortunate enough to explore them. But as the birthplace of Harry Potter, perhaps there is more truth behind the ‘magical beauty’ of Scotland than first meets the eye.

So with all this magic in the air, I took off in search of fairies and giants in the Scottish Highlands…

isle of skye scotland

On a 7 day tour around the Scottish Highlands with Highland Explorer Tours, I learned more about the magical myths known as Scottish folklore and visited some of these locations to uncover the ‘truth’ (wink).

My tour guide Angela was incredibly convincing, passionately telling of the tales which lead to the creation of waterfalls (which involved unhappy fairies causing a rock to explode) and giants who fought to destroy a bridge between Scotland and Ireland.

adventure in scottish highlands

Before coming to the Highlands I had reasoned with geologists who claim rock formations are the results of natural causes – volcanoes, natural erosion, all the usual suspects. But after 7 days exploring the Scottish Highlands with a knowledgeable guide, I now know the truth behind nature…. fairies, giants, mermaids, you name it – they call Scotland home.

scotland looking for fairies

So where should one go to find these mythical magical creatures?

It can be difficult to learn the stories, let alone find the locations. Over hundreds of years the stories have slowly become much less spoken of – hence my suggestion to book a tour with a knowledgeable guide and sit back as you uncover the ‘truth’ of Scotland.

If you do find yourself among fairies, remember they are cunning characters. Beautiful as they are, if you try trick them, they will not play nice.

fairies and giants in scotland

World of Wanderlust visited Scotland on a 7 day tour with Highland Explorers, however my opinion is as always, my own.

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    Multilock Slade
    April 4, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Greatly motivating.

    Kim Ferguson
    October 26, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Which tour did you take with Highland Explorers? I see that they have various multi-day tours and the one that you were on sounded fantastic!

    June 17, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Always wanted to go there, absolutely in love with your pictures.
    Great post to read! ๐Ÿ™‚ travelling from behind my laptop, ๐Ÿ™‚

    June 6, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I loved Scotland and really want to go back and take the tour you suggested!

    June 5, 2014 at 12:16 am

    I was lucky enough to travel through Scotland (Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Inverness – including Loch Ness) with two friends during my Spring Break in march. I have to agree with you – the cities might be bustling with life, and I enjoyed my tour of the birthplace of Harry Potter (especially seeing the Elephant House Cafe), but the Highlands were magnificent!

    Ailish Goes
    June 4, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Such beautiful photographs, just discovered your blog and am absolutely loving it! Ailish Goes

    Keeley Ann
    June 4, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I like your post, Scotland is a truly beautiful place. I got took there for the first time in April and I can’t wait to go back.

    I’ve recently done a post about my visit to Stirling Castle, you should consider it as one of your places to explore.

    Keeley Ann xx