The Fairy Well – Glynn, Northern Ireland - Atlas Obscura

The Fairy Well

A former watering trough turned local heritage site.  

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On the edge of Glynn, a village just outside Larne, local residents have saved a little piece of Irish heritage for future generations to enjoy.

The “Fairy Well” is an old style drinking trough that was used as a watering hole for workhorses in the fields. During the 1960s, it was also not unusual to spot people washing their cars at the well. The well is part of the local history and harkens back to a time when the region was flush with arable land for farming and maintained 4 old sawmills. 

The village has also restored an old waterwheel from one of those mills, the only one to survive. It now sits across from the village’s main road surrounded by dandelions. These two pieces of heritage are now local artistic installations that help remind us of our past, and brighten the area with a bit with local history.

Know Before You Go

Best way to get here is either by car to Glynn village then safely parking roadside or travel to Glynn by train and walk five minutes from the station to the well. 

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