I really enjoyed this documentary. It explores the beliefs in faery in Scotland amongst other places. There are many faery places around Inverness and it feels very special to visit them. Fairy Glen seems to me one of the most enchanted faery spots around here:
Although with faery, as with UFOs and many other strangeness, you are supposed to never see them if you search for them, I think that a little evocation and some brownies could go a long way to help. Anyone fancy walk in the glen in search of faery? Bring small coins to put in the tree!!!
It was a lovely Summer evening. We strolled along the Caledonian Canal in a bright sunshine and arrived at the Witches Coffin Pool. Cool refreshing breeze from the waters of the firth was filling the air with smell of the sea. We observed birds walking in the mud flats exposed by low tide. Few herons flew pass as we walked the narrow path between two ponds. Blooming honeysuckles and wild roses filled the air with intoxicating scent. Whizzing calls of a Greenfinch reached our ears and we watched a duck with few ducklings foraging by the reed beds. We walked further to the Silver Pool where we noticed a flock of elusive birds perched on a tree. We finished our stroll by watching heron catching fishes before we retraced our steps back to the canal.
The walk was very relaxing and pleasant. We will definitely repeat it some other time! Meanwhile we’re hoping that the weather will hold for our Saturday picnic in Culloden.
We planned to start our camping weekend on Friday evening but we resigned because of a very heavy rain. Instead we stayed at home and watched Wild At Heart by David Lynch, followed by Witches of Eastwick. We took a bus to Fort Augustus early in the morning. The weather was nice and the top of the hills were covered in snow. After arriving we set up our tent and as soon as we finished it began raining. We had a stroll to Fort Augustus where we stopped for a lovely lunch. The little café by River Oich was serving delicious carrot and coriander soup. After the meal it was still raining so we stocked up on playing cards, fleece blankets, book of Scottish Myths and Legends and we snug up in our tent for the rest of the afternoon.
In the evening we arranged an Open Circle meeting in Poachers pub. A jolly group of bikers was playing heavy metal and rock songs from the jukebox as three of us enjoyed a few pints and a friendly chat in the beer garden. It was a very nice evening. We talked a little about everything ranging from spirituality, magick, occult and religious institutions to music and answer machine messages.
Sunday morning welcomed us with a wonderful dawn chorus and dry, windy weather. After breakfast we set out for a walk towards Corrieyairack Pass. It was hot enough to walk in a t-shirt and the air was filled with the smell of wild garlic growing everywhere on the side of the road. Sheep and Lambs were coming towards us and bleated loudly as we walked passed their pastures.
We stopped on Ardachy Bridge to take few photos when we noticed an unusual sight. A small group of bats flying in midday over the river Tarff (The sighting has been added to The Big Bat Map). Soon after crossing the bridge we were stopped by an old man who recommended we go and see Culachy waterfall. The walk lead us along a narrow woodland path on the steep sides of River Tarff. We caught glimpses of the swirling and foaming waters of the river down below. Hunting birds circled in the sky and deer grazed on the pastures to our left.
We arrived to the falls and decided to stop there for a cup of tea and a nibble. We both went down to the falls to refresh ourselves in its cold spray. Afterwards we continued along the glen for a while before returning the same way. We walked to Fort Augustus through lovely Kilchuimen Cemetery. On our way it began to rain. We came back to our tent and had a stir fry and noodles for dinner. Our second afternoon and evening was very similar to the first one. We read ‘The Battle of Birds’ and ‘In the Kingdom of Seals’, among a few other stories from the book. In the evening we met again in Open Circle for a couple of beers, this time in private.
In the morning after breakfast we had a nice short walk to Borlum Bay. We watched sand martins and swifts flying above the calm waters of Loch Ness and dark, heavy clouds sweeping along the Great Glen. After this we packed our tent and returned to Inverness on a late morning bus. It was a very atmospheric and nice weekend spent in a good company. I also managed to make quite a few recordings for my Glen Faramach project. I will share them in here once they are available online.
Our second strolling moot, again in Craig Phadrig forest, saw the same three of us participating as for the first strolling moot at the Spring Equinox. This time we met for Earth day. As we strolled through the forest, our discussion covered such subjects as a particularly lovely beech tree, contact with ghosts and ancestors, premonitions of death, strange dreams.
This time instead of going up to the top to the Pictish hill fort, we circled round to the grass clearing above Balnafettack Crescent that offers a superb view of Inverness. As we arrived there a rainbow appeared to rise from the faery hill of Tomnahurich. We decided that Tomnahurich Hill might be a good location for a future strolling moot.
We just had our first forest stroll in Craig Phadrig woods. There was three of us, a good number for a witch meeting. We met at the upper car park off Leachkin Brae at 17:30 and walked through the path passed huge resin yielding spruce. We stopped there for a moment to say hello to the giant and collect some nice thick lumps to burn as incense. We continued on the path going around the hill and then to the hill fort at the top. We had a nice chat about spell casting, eating pine bark and a few other subjects. We said hello to many tree stump or tree root trolls on our way through the woods.
At the top we raised a sacramental horn of Norfolk Punch and shared some freshly baked pine bread (it didn’t include any pine flour but had some pine nuts and oil in it as well as pine and spruce ale) whilst worshipping a beautiful sunset sky and views to the snowy peaks around. A lovely way to mark the equinox and celebrate the beginning of the spring.