Fairy lantern parade through Rothesay woodland

Preparing the Skeoch Woods for a fairy lantern parade on September 28.
Preparing the Skeoch Woods for a fairy lantern parade on September 28.

Rothesay’s Skeoch Woods will be transformed into a magical wonderland just a few days from now as a Fairy Lantern Parade turns the woodlands into a gateway to myth and folklore.

The event, which takes place at 4pm on Monday, September 28, follows an activity session in the woods last month which saw local children - and a few adults too! - create doorways into the fairy kingdom and other mythical decorations.

The word ‘Skeoch’ translates into English as ‘hawthorn’ - the tree which, according to Celtic, and especially Irish, mythology is guarded by fairy spirits and is seen as a gateway into the fairy world.

Monday’s event should also evoke memories of a more recent - and tangible - event in the woods in the shape of the 2010 visit to Bute of ‘Big Man Walking’, a blue giant who was welcomed to Rothesay by a Skeoch Woods lantern parade.