Rainbow-decorated doors spice up Guernsey fairy trail

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FAIRY doors have been given the rainbow treatment as part of the Guernsey fairy trail round the island.

Denyse McGahy, co-founder of Iris & Dora, has been adding rainbow fairy doors to the fairy trail around the island to encourage families to get out to exercise. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 28306695)

Islanders may notice tiny rainbow decorated doors appearing on various walks in the coming weeks as the trail expands.

Denyse McGahy of Iris & Dora is the brains behind the trail and, alongside Guernsey Museums, launched the activity as part of the annual Island Explorers Quiz.

She said she hoped the new doors would get people to discover the outside world again.

‘We introduced the fairy trail to help encourage families to get outside and explore areas they may not otherwise have visited, adding a little magic and adventure to your average walk,’ she said.

‘We’re thrilled to introduce a set of rainbow doors to the trail. We’ve all been under a lot of pressure during lockdown, so introducing these new doors to help add some fun to the exercise period, particularly for families, was something we felt we could do to help with wellbeing within the community.

‘Hopefully the new doors can bring a sense of excitement and adventure to outings.’

She added that she tried to add a new door and a new trail as often as possible.

‘Usually when I’m out with my daughter for a walk we try to find somewhere new,’ she said.


‘That means a new door is put out about once a week, which is great to encourage people to keep exploring and to keep finding them.’

Although islanders taking part are advised to resist touching the doors to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus, the sharing of photos and experiences on Iris & Dora's Facebook page is encouraged, or by using #FairyTrailGuernsey on other social media sites.

First mapped out in 2019, with a total of 10 doors, the Fairy Trail Guernsey has since grown to 54 doors, including 15 which have been decorated with colourful rainbows.

. A full map of the island’s fairy doors can be found by visiting or

Danielle Kenneally

By Danielle Kenneally
News reporter

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