Sunday, December 16, 2018
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The Fairy Glen has been transformed over the weekend, thanks to the hard work of over 20 volunteers.

After a photograph of multiple cairns sparked outrage on the Internet, volunteers headed to the Fairy Glen on Saturday 15 September to dismantle the rocks, claiming they posed a danger to wildlife, plant life and even people.  

Sylvia Porter, admin of the Staffin, Isle of Skye, Scotland Facebook page, told The Skye Times: "One resident produced a leaflet explaining the Fairy Glen and the outdoor access code.

"These were given out on the day to tourists visiting and will be available in local shops.

"There is also a copy on the Staffin page for people to print themselves.

"As a result of picking up 'tokens for the fairies' from the stone circles, we collected £109.26, $4 and €10.33.  This will be donated to Lucky2BHere charity."

Carolyn Leah told The Skye Times: "I would just like to say how proud I am of the Trotternish community who pulled together, at very short notice, to meet in the Glen on Saturday afternoon, all sparked by the photograph from Claire Irons and the abuse she received from certain tourists on Thursday morning.

"The whole meeting was arranged via Facebook and various Skye related pages and I have to say we received 99% support for removing the stone stacks and circles from the beautiful Fairy Glen, which is very encouraging for us to try our very best to keep the Glen in it's natural state from now on.

"We would also like to see the full support of the tour bus companies in discouraging their clients from the practice of building these stacks, hanging ribbons from trees and making stone circles on which they often leave various things to remember them by. Skye is a fantastic place to stay and to visit and I am sure everyone would be delighted to keep the whole of the Island as nature intended."

The original photograph, taken by Claire Irons, highlighted the volume of cairns that had been built in the area.  

She wrote: “I started knocking them down only to cause a group of tourists to start having a go at me.

“I explained that moving the stones to make the piles caused erosion and that the piles of stones were unsafe and could kill a toddler.”

She added: “Apparently I am spoiling their fun and enjoyment of the place and they demanded I stopped.”

Stone piling has attracted multiple debates, with many environmental experts siding against the trend.  

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