Residents of the Isle of Man are well acquainted with the legend of the Fairy Bridge on the A5 between Ballasalla and Newtown. Local superstitions state that those who do not greet the bridge’s fey inhabitants with a jovial “Hello, fairies!” as they pass over it may fall prey to their malicious, mischievous whims.
Even the local buses relate this warning in a pre-recorded message as they draw close to this fabled spot. However, there are few locals that are aware that this oft-frequented tourist trap is not the original Fairy Bridge, and even less that know of the old bridge’s location.
To find the old bridge, you must embark on a quest that begins with those innocent hearts that still believe in the magic and the existence of fairies: the children of Kewaigue Primary School. Fay-touched children who visit the bridge leave offerings of small gifts or trinkets to invoke the blessings of the fairies, while others write letters wishing for luck on an upcoming exam, the well-being of their family, or for a new Xbox.
These tokens are left in small nook in the crumbling facade of the bridge, and are mysteriously spirited away by some unknown agent. When you visit, be sure to bring a gift to leave behind, and remember to say, “Hello, fairies!” You wouldn’t want to be impolite.