Fairy Bridge is viewed these days as being the bridge at the old road junction near to the present junction. But in Gaelic it is Beul-Ath nan Tri Allt (The Ford of the Three Burns). It is thought to lie further along the Bay River and is where three rivers and three roads converged. Another Gaelic name for it is translated as "a ford for the fairies".
This is our preferred version of the tale we are about to tell!
THE FAIRY FLAG
In folklore a Chief of the MacLeods married a fairy and they lived together on Skye and had a child. She was only permitted to live together with him for a year and a day after which she had to return to her people. The Fairy Bridge marks where she departed. She left their son wrapped in a silken shawl which, as the Fairy Flag, could be used three times to save or protect the clan.
A slight development of the tale can be found in Otta Swire's book "Skye - the Island and its Legends". She writes that after the separation the baby was at one point left on its own and began to cry. No one heard him, except his mother, who covered him with a soft cover (the Fairy Flag) and appeased him with song. It was at this point that the fairy voices promised 'assistance' if the flag was raised, up to three occasions.
The Fairy Flag can still be seen in Dunvegan Castle.
It features in two significant events for the Clan, one in particular for Waternish being the burning of Trumpan Church and the Battle of the Spoiling of the Dyke. https://www.visit-waternish.co.uk/listings/trumpan
It has also been a renowned meeting place over the decades in the 19th century during the period of the disruption in the churches and Land Reform in the crofting community.
Whilst technically the Fairy Bridge does not mark the start of Waternish, it is the only land access to the peninsular.
The wonders of Waternish await.
(Thanks to Pat Myhill for the picture.)