Lynn Glen Faery Trail: Free the Faeries! (and thus, the faeries are free!)
The blog title is a rather unfair quip on the fact that Loch Lomond also runs a fairy trail where you can pay £3 per adult and £4 per child to obtain a clue booklet, the answers to which are scattered around the trail. But it is an unfair quip, because you don't actually need to pay to go around the Loch Lomond trail, only to get the quiz booklet. Furthermore the Loch Lomond trail is also a lovely experience and I'll be writing a post about it soon, as we did it recently.
But this is about Lynn Glen, and "Free the Faeries!" seemed like a fun title for a post so I had to work it in somehow ;-) So if I haven't jack-hammered it home hard enough yet: the Lynn Glen Faery Trail comprises a free wander around a beautiful glen, where the children from the local school have set up little faery/elf/pixie/goblin/sprite* doors in amongst the tree roots as a project, and done a bloomin awesome job of it too!
(*given the distressing right-wing trends taking root in society since the Brexit vote, I would like my fantasy worlds to remain multi-cultural...)
The Babble Rockers took a stroll around Lynn Glen at the beginning of April; it was a gloomy and overcast spring day, so we were all in need of a bit of fairy magic....however I have also employed some elvish tricksy and included the photos from our walk here a week previously when the sunshine splashed through the trees, so you'll see this lovely woodland both sun-filled and overcast.
The Lynn Glen Trail is really quite beautiful. You can find details on the walkhighlands website but the school project faeries must be a recent addition as the walk description on that site doesn't mention them. The walk is a 2km circuit so based on own just-turned-three year old (whom we are trying to train to walk between two fixed points rather than sprint at any horizon in the opposite direction to his parents), it was a perfect length for his current endurance and tractability levels. Our stroll meandered on a footpath alongside the Caaf Water and very soon we found ourselves in a stunning woodland glen. Highlights were a waterfall, and a natural amphitheatre which was nicknamed Peden's Pulpit in the late 1600s, after a famous preacher who used the large rock to deliver fiery sermons!
A highly recommended walk both in terms of distance for little legs, stunning natural beauty and the sight of the tiny sprite doors for the little ones to take pleasure in.