Here are the 10 places in Ireland where you are most likely to find a fairy or two.
Fairies are a prominent part of Irish folklore and culture, and many people travel to Ireland in hopes of catching a glimpse of these magical creatures. While sightings of fairies are uncommon, there are several places in Ireland where you might be lucky enough to spot them. Here are my top spots around the country for fairy spotting!
1. The Ring of Kerry:
This incredibly scenic drive is known for its stunning views of the Irish coast, but it’s also home to several fairy forts. These ancient circular structures are said to be the homes of fairies, and legend has it that disturbing them can bring bad luck. That said keep your eyes peeled and you may be lucky enough to spot a fairy!
2. The Fairy Glen,
County Antrim: This enchanting glen is said to be a favorite haunt of fairies, and it’s easy to see why. The moss-covered rocks, babbling brook, and lush greenery create a magical atmosphere that’s perfect for fairy sightings. It has been described as one of the prettiest places in Ireland no wonder the fae folk are happy to make their home here!
3. The Burren, County Clare:
This otherworldly landscape is famous for its unique rock formations and wildflowers, but it’s also believed to be a place where fairies dwell. Full of ancient caves and dolmens it is easy to see why fairies have long been associated with the area. The author J.R.R Toilken visited the Burren when working at NUIG in the 40’s and 50’s around the time he was writing ‘Lord of the Rings’ and may well have been inspired by this magical landscape.
4. Slieve Foy, County Louth:
This mountain is said to be the home of the fairy queen, and it’s easy to see why. In 2010, Carlingford earned official European Union recognition for its leprechauns. The Sliabh Foy Loop Trail became a sanctuary for the country’s remaining leprechauns— 236 in total —and nearby Slieve Foye Mountain gained protection under the European Habitats Directive, which protects flora, fauna, and apparently, magical fairies.
5. Pure Fairy Country, Glendalough, County Wicklow:
This beautiful valley is home to an ancient monastic settlement, but it’s also believed to be a place where fairies gather. Keep an eye out for the fairy tree, which is said to be a portal to the fairy realm.
6. The Fairy Hill of Tara, County Meath:
This ancient site was once the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, and it’s believed to be a place where fairies gather. Legend has it that the Mound of Hostages, a prehistoric burial site, is the entrance to the fairy kingdom.
7. The Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary:
This historic site is home to a medieval fortress and several ancient ruins, but it’s also believed to be a place where fairies reside. Visitors have reported seeing fairy lights and hearing ethereal music in the vicinity.
8. The Gap of Dunloe, County Kerry:
This scenic mountain pass is known for its stunning views and beautiful lakes, but it’s also believed to be a place where fairies roam. Keep an eye out for the mysterious mist that sometimes descends upon the valley – it’s said to be caused by the fairy queen.
9. Carlingford Lough, County Louth:
This beautiful inlet is surrounded by rolling hills and picturesque villages, and it’s also believed to be a place where fairies dwell. Keep your eyes peeled for the fairy tree, which is said to be a portal to the fairy realm.
10. The Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim:
This natural wonder is made up of thousands of hexagonal basalt columns, and it’s believed to be a place where fairies gather. Legend has it that the giant Finn McCool created the causeway to cross the sea to Scotland, and that fairies still gather there to this day.
Visiting these places is a great way to experience the magic and wonder of Ireland’s fairy folklore. Keep in mind, however, that disturbing fairy forts or fairy circles is considered bad luck, so be respectful of these enchanted places. Who knows – you might just catch a glimpse of a fairy or two!