British Folklore
Fairy Lore & Prehistoric Sites in Britain
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Bail Hill

Bail Hill

A lane running north west into the hills from Crawick passes close by Bail (or Bale) Hill, near Kirkconnel. It was said to be a haunt of fairies, who would assemble on May Day, to celebrate the start of summer, at the Braes of Polveoch, sited at the west end of the Bank Wood between Kirkconnel and Sanquhar. Groups of them would come from Kello Water, Glen Aylmer, and Glen Wharty, and when they had all gathered together they rode over the knowes towards Bail Hill. It was said that a beautiful doorway would open on the southward slope of the hill through which they would enter two at a time, the turf closing over the doorway behind the last pair in.