Islanders away with the fairies

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FAIRY doors are being found across the island as a new fairy trail launches this week.

On the fairy trail at Chateaux de Marais, left to right: Arabella Thomson, 3, Grace Thomson, 6, and Holly Roberts, 8, and Denyse McGahy, who came up with the trail idea. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 24429759)

The trail involves visiting different sites around the island, looking for tiny doors.

The activity, named Les Siauns Muchis, means ‘the hidden ones’ in Guernesiais, according to Access & Learning manager Jo Dowding. ‘It is very apt because the doors are not in plain sight,’ she said.

Denyse McGahy of Iris & Dora, is the brainchild of the trail, who alongside Guernsey Museums have launched the new activity as part of their annual Island Explorers Quiz.

‘I’m really pleased that people are appreciating this activity, if it means that they get to go outdoors more and explore, that’s really exciting,’ said Mrs McGahy.

One door has been stolen along the route, with Mrs McGahy stating that her five-year-old daughter, Edna, has been worried that the fairies living there will not be able to get out.

‘She has really engaged in the story. It is upsetting that somebody would go so far as to steal that innocence from children.

‘Though I am glad that children are engrossed in finding the fairy doors.’

A map has been created to show the locations of all the doors that have found so far, with new locations added as further doors are discovered.


‘Initiatives like this are another way to engage with more people about our amazing island and heritage,’ said Ms Dowding.

Launched in time for Guernsey Heritage, it will be a permanent fixture on the island, and more doors will be added soon.

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