Fairies play a prominent and very important role in Scottish folklore as well. At one time, every waterway, well and loch had a name, and an ancient fairy that protected it. They are also important in rituals.
Those who are familiar with Millport know that we have 3 iconic rocks: Crocodile, Indian and Lion Rock. Lion Rock is a remarkable geological phenomenon situated 5 minutes from town, which rises up to a great height from the road to create a vast wall in the shape of an ascending lion. According to ancient folk-lore, the Lion Rock, originally named Houllon Keipel Dyke, was also sometimes referred to as the Deil’s Dyke (or Devil’s Dyke) and was said to have been built by island ogres and demons. The story goes that a group of good fairies set about to build the cliffs of what we know as Farland Hill, to create a bridge high over the waters to the mainland shore, whereby busy brownies might pass at will from the island for some mainland hijinks. Upon seeing their magnificent work, the competitive demons set about to outrival the work of the good fairies, failing with the conspicuous creation of this grim looking structure. So angry to be beaten by the good fairies, the chief of the demons fell into a wild rage and kicked half a dozen holes through the strong heart of their own creation. And so we are left with the demons failed work, today known as Lion Rock.
Millport still has fairies but they are all reportedly good ones. Their homes can be found scattered throughout the island, and many in the Cathedral grounds, where a magical fairy trail provides fun for families and children of all ages.