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In Scotland, there are streams leading to waterfalls and several pools called The Fairy Pools. These magical pools are located in the south of the Isle of Skye, in a place called Glen Brittle. I have never been there, but the pictures and videos I’ve seen of the place look very serene and pastoral. And for all of the places for the ‘Fairy Pools’ to be… a place called the Isle of Skye seems pretty appropriate.

Here is a walking guide if ever you happen to be in the area http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/fairypools.shtml

In the video below, the reporter states that there are Rowan trees surrounding the area, which is a tree sometimes used for protection. She also states that selkies may be associated with the area, but she doesn’t go into any tale explaining why the place is called the Fairy Pools.

And here is a photo of the pools by photographer Julian Calverley, the picture is linked to his site.

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This is a contemporary Celtic fusion band from Scotland with some pretty cool sounds.

Here’s their website where you can check them out http://www.peatbogfaeries.com/

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A banshee is a spirit from Celtic mythology. Traditionally the banshee takes the form of a woman and is known to wail a warning of death to those who are living. There are different beliefs as to what a banshee is, whether or not it is an ancestral spirit or a faerie from the other world. Some believe that only a select  few families can inspire a banshee to bring a warning of death, while others feel that it’s just a matter of having Irish blood in you, no matter the family.

Not all banshees mourn. There are both joyous and mournful banshees. In Wentz’s Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries, there is a legend that after the Macleod’s had borne an heir, a beautiful woman appeared at the castle, went to the newborn’s cradle and chanted a series of verses over the baby. The verses fortold the future manhood of the young child and acted as a protective charm over the young one (Sleeping Beauty anyone?). After having done this she put the baby back into it’s cradle and disappeared across the moorlands.

This website goes over the banshee in greater depth than what I’ve provided. http://www.myremoteradio.com/blog/the-banshee

And in even greater detail http://www.monstropedia.org/index.php?title=Banshee

A banshee makes an appearance in the book Hunter’s Moon by O.R. Melling

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A selkie is a being that is caught somewhere between a human and a seal. They are shape shifters. Usually you will only see one as a seal but every so often one will take off it’s seal skin for a time on land. This is usually what spawns the stories about them, for if a person can capture the hide of a selkie, that selkie will be under their power.

Selkies are faeries from predominately Scotland and Ireland.

A good site with a little bit of information is http://home.cogeco.ca/~eligio/selkies/selkies.html. it goes over some basics in a fair bit of detail.

http://www.orkneyjar.com/folklore/selkiefolk/ is another ok site and has just some basic information on orkney legend, a place on the northern most edge of Scotland.

I’ve also mentioned selkies before in the film The Secret of Roan Inish https://faeriesight.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/the-secret-of-roan-inish/ that is a phenomenal movie about selkies and this is the scene from the movie where the selkie legend is told. Parts 2 and 3 are on youtube

There are countless books on the subject, but a good one I have read is called Tales of the Seal People by Duncan Williamson. It is a collection of stories Williamson compiled when he went to Scotland.

Another good book is called People of the Sea by David Thomson. Again another collection as this guy goes around Scotland trying to find selkies.

There are also many newer fiction books that feature or have selkie cameos. A book that features a selkie is Seven Tears in the Sea by Terri Farley and a couple of books with selkie cameos are The Serpent’s Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and the last book in the sevenwaters trilogy by Juliet Marillier, Child of the Prophecy. All fantasy books of course.

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This book is a good source of fairy culture from Ireland, Britain, Scotland, Whales, Cornwall and the like. There are case studies as well as just general beliefs and stories. The author of this book is an anthropologist who went around the British Isles collecting fairy lore. He uses stories from the people he meets and later gets into different aspects of the fairy faith. This is a wonderful resource and a must read for all seriously obsessed with fairies.

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