Bridget: “There were a lot of castles in Scotland”
Finn: “Wike Disweywand?”
Bridget: “Yes…kind of like Disneyland.”
Finn: “And Tinkewbew? Tinkewbew fwies over the castle.”
Legend has it, that one of the ancient chiefs of Clan MacLeod (pronounced McCloud. Yes..like Highlander) married a fairy maiden from the other world. Before she had to go back to the fairies, she bore him a son and wrapped him in a silken blanket. She told the chief that the fabric was magical, and if waved before a war it would save him. The fairy flag has been waved throughout the centuries and now Clan MacLeod is the longest surviving clan living in its fortress…nearly 800 years.
Doesn’t it look like the one we got for Finn?
We went to Dunvegan Castle, the home of the MacLeods and saw the Fairy flag, encased in glass. The experience was so absolutely surreal. The castle itself is a bit run down from centuries of wear, but you can tell the clan is working hard to restore it. (the 29th chief almost controversially sold the Black Cuillin Mountains to try to make money for the castle. When I read stuff like that I’m like, what? People own mountains? Yes.) The gardens are charming, the relics and paintings from medieval times fascinating, and the landscape of the property, perched on the same loch Bonnie Prince Charlie escaped dressed as a maiden, is beautiful.
ONE. It has mystical powers.
TWO. It comes from the east. The holy land.
THREE. It wins battles.
So pretty much they don’t know much about it! Ha! Some people think it could have come from the crusaders but it is dated from before that time, about a thousand years old. Some think it could have come from from a viking who had plundered in the east. But I think it really did come from the fairies. Why not?
Faerie Glen is not too far away…. This place is otherworldly. It’s a glen surrounded by waterfalls and pools and perfectly conical shaped hills. Little sheep graze, mists swirl, and bunnies hop through the little tufts and rolls of the pasture. We were the only ones there save for a shephard who Dan named “Glen” …he said his wings were under his coat…get it? Fairy Glen? He he! I made a little stone circle to go with all the other little stone symbols others had made while there. Sarah and Dan got all kissy and swoony over the beauty. And Beau just stood around looking ruggedly handsome and pretending he was in Hyrule.