Fairies might sound like little kid things… but around this bridge, they’re VERY real
Fairies (faeries) play a very prominent role in Scottish folklore.
There was a time when every well and loch and waterway had a name and it was believed that each had a specific fairy protecting it. These mythical creatures are thought to be the balance between good and evil.
Even to this day some people view them as important in rituals and due to prevailing superstition, they are believed to cause the failure of crops when they have been offended.
For instance, according to Scottish folklore, they do not like to be called fairies but prefer to be addressed as ‘fair folk.’
There is a bridge called the ‘Fairy Bridge’ in Ballalonna Glen in Scotland, and it is said that it will bring bad luck if you cross the bridge without greeting the ‘fair folk.’
An urban myth has it that taxi drivers on the route will stop and refuse to continue if the passenger does not observe the ritual and greet the fairies!
At least the ritual is taken very seriously by racers and spectators of the annual TT and Manx Grand Prix races, who make a point of visiting the bridge and greeting the fairies before practicing and setting up for races.
If any accidents or mishaps occur during these races, they are often blamed on the fact that the fairies are offended or displeased. And on the other end of things, escapes and near-misses are in turn attributed to the fairies offering their goodwill and protection.