It is believed that locals thought the Fairy Bridges to be haunted by the fairies, which resulted in them being named “The Fairy Bridges”. Due to the peculiar rock formations in the area, a series of natural “blow” or “puffing” holes exist. This causes the seawater, when tidal conditions dictate, to crash through and blow water upwards. Early travellers to the area were thought to be more interested in coming to see the Fairy Bridges than to experience the natural health benefits of the area’s golden beaches and proximity to the wild Atlantic Ocean. Indeed, the natural rock formation was one of the main things to see in Bundoran at the time.
The Wishing Chair gives visitors the opportunity to take advantage of the "magical powers" of the natural stone chair located adjacent to the Fairy Bridges. Having gone through the official ritual (sitting slowly, contemplating the stunning surroundings, and then tapping the chair twice), wishers are advised to keep their dreams a secret in the hope that they will become true.
The area is steeped in history which includes a crashed World War II plane and the Donegal Corridor which allowed planes to “sneak” into Fermanagh’s Castle Archdale during the war. Permission was granted for allied planes to fly over an area from Inishmurray to Lough Melvin, including the area along the Erne from Belleek to Ballyshannon and Bundoran (starting at the Fairy Bridges). This became known as The Donegal corridor. This was to be of immense value to the British, American and Canadian planes which were regularly spotted over Ballyshannon during the Emergency, as World War II was referred to in Ireland.
The Fairy Bridges and The Wishing Chair can both be accessed either from Tullan Strand road or from the main beach via the Roguey Walk.
The attraction is open all year round and is free of charge to access.