Fairy Pools
Fairy Pools
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Freey to visit at any time, the Fairy Pools is magical place of outstanding natural beauty at the foot of the Cuillin mountains. The Fairy Pools is becoming increasingly popular so when you visit, please drive carefully on the single track roads, follow the parking enforcement notices and take all your litter away with you. There is a WC at the nearby Glenbrittle Campsite & Cafe along with some great coffee c/o the Cuillin Coffee Co. Thank you and we hope you enjoy your visit! N.B. The Fairy Pools carpark is owned by a separate community organisation called the Minginish Community Hall Association. The operation and maintenance of the Fairy Pools carpark has been leased to OATS and they set the parking charges:
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • alexander1982
    Duns, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    This place is awesome. Don't expect it to yourself though. Its unbelievably busy. The road from Carbost is a bit of a battle with motorhomes on a single track road. We walked up to the top of the falls where the views of the Cullens is awesome. We then put on wetsuits and canyoned, jumped, walked and swum back to the bottom. We we the only ones swimming and were having so much fun we forgot about the hundreds of people watching. My youngest is only 9 and there was loads of pools she could manage but there are also some pretty massive jumps into some ridiculously deep pools if you are feeling adventurous. The views are better than anyones photos.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Chloe
    Cirencester, United Kingdom14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place but way too busy
    Really nice walk but extremely busy with too many people. Even when trying to arrive early it’s very busy and I am sure there are many other and better places to go for a walk that are less busy. The carpark charges £5 and that’s only if you’re able to get a space.. but the ticket doesn’t take your numberplate and is valid all day - so if you’re being kind, you can share this with someone else when you leave!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
  • rosemummy
    74 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it
    Beautiful place to visit. Bring your swimming stuff as further up there are pools you can swim in (very cold). You can park in the car park for £6. It is busy, as expected but worth the visit. Not suitable for wheelchairs as the terrain is tricky at times. Kids loved it. They wore waterproof walking sandals that really aren't cool until you want to fall into cold water, then they seem like a good investment! It's quite steep back up to the car park but nothing too dreadful.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Reed
    Orlando, Florida2,424 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    It’s difficult to capture in photos how absolutely beautiful the area around the Fairy Pools is. Sure, it’s one of the top things to see in the Isle of Skye, it’s a horrible scary drive to get there and there are a ton of tourists to trip over everywhere but it’s totally worth it. Parking is easy, paved and paid. There’s clean toilets there as well. Bring your good walking shoes, some water and a rain coat. Keep in mind that you don’t need to walk as far as some people - 90 minutes there (45 mins out and back) will get you some great photos and views.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Jane S
    Omagh, United Kingdom427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fairy pools Isle of Skye
    Visited this while on a 2day trip to the Isle of Skye with Timberbush tours. Beautiful scenery The weather was fab Watch out for the midges , they will eat you alive!!!! Annoying wee beasties! Apart from them the walk to the fairy pools was approx half an hour, not good for anyone with mobility issues , lots of stones , slippy in places, steep walk back to car park. Definitely worth visiting, magical ..
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Lori C
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania74 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Walk
    It was a lovely hike. Not too strenuous. The water features along the way were beautiful. However, it was extremely crowded in the afternoon. Perhaps going early in the morning we make it more enjoyable. It just didn't live up to the hype for me. For comparison, the Old Man of Storr was even better than I imagined. If you have time for this and Storr, do both. If you have time for only one, Storr is the better choice. Would I do it again, yes, but first thing in the morning.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • NCtravelz
    Raleigh, North Carolina1,747 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bring a swimsuit
    It was a pretty warm September Day and we wished we had swimsuits. We dipped our feet in though. Well maintained walk but steep in places. Very busy. The one track road in and out was packed. We had to wait for a motor home that went off the road to get towed out.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Thomas G
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,837 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good hike
    This is a great hike next to a lot of waterfalls. The waterfalls on some pictures look a bit more scenic than in real life, but it is gorgeous. You are around 1.5 hours walk to the end of the stream with its falls. There are some good places to swim, although it can be cold (it is Scotland, duh). It is crowded, but the further you go, the more quiet it gets, although the falls are also reducing. This is a must-do on the Isle of Skye.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Helen O
    United Kingdom29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thank you!
    Excellent car park to alleviate pressure on the small highland road (and verges!). Loos are way more sophisticated than expected - also a great surprise! I believe both were instigated and now run by the local community rather than the council, so a HUGE thank you to them and most especially the car park attendants who are there in all weathers (and dealing with all types!).
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 5, 2024
  • 618serhwee
    Singapore114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sense of achievement.
    Very challenging on the hiking. Not easy but lucky I bought along my hiking stick . I manage to achieve till 2/3 of the hike. It was worthy. The hike is pretty long and many did not achieve it.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 9, 2024
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littlelukedon
Wigan, Lancs38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
No signage to the pools but we managed to find them okay. It was raining and hailing quite badly but did not put us off. Not a large car park but managed to park okay for a charge of £5 - can imagine this is a nightmare in peak season but they are in the process of building a new car park. Straight forward walk and you cannot get lost. You do have to cross a few rivers but no problem for us as we had walking boots on but was amusing to watch people try and cross in ‘normal shoes’ trying to not get their feet wet! We walked to the top and then the ‘normal’ tourists tend to stop here and walk back especially if it rains. We carried out and was then blessed with only a few people waking and it was lovely and peaceful. If you don’t mind lots of people doing the same thing then you are fine as everyone congregates to take the same pictures. We would not visit in Peak times as the car park, number of people and single track roads would be horrendous.
Written February 29, 2020
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Amelie
Edinburgh, UK12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
It’s a very nice walk/easy hike with some very pretty water features but it’s very busy and not the most interesting place. The further you go, the less people there are, most of the people there are tourists and quite a lot of people aren’t even trying to be socially distanced. There are some stepping stones which some people are afraid to cross causing a large queue but for the amount of people that go there I think they could make a bridge or an easier way to cross. Parking is £5 which isn’t that bad for what you get so overall quite nice for the price, not the best for kids as it is quite a long walk, I probably wouldn’t recommend to a friend and it is a do once but not again type of place
Written July 26, 2020
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Mary Mariana Spencer
United Kingdom485 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
These pools are very good to see, the walk there is okay but a bit of two fiddly little river crossings to do!

Avoid the muddy part and stay on the main trail to the pools. There is parking available and secure at only £5 and this is used to help develop the place for better tourist use.

Watch out if you have a dog, it will be very dirty and not a very smooth path for dog walking you need to have it controlled with a belt as there is a risk of slipping especially when crossing the first river.

You need nice water proof walking shoes, I wouldn't recommend it for 10 year olds and below!
Take a rain jacket and enjoy it. There is plenty of passing places as you drive to the car park, keep at least between 20 -35 MPH for your safety and that of others while driving there.

It's a very busy site better to go early in the morning about 8:30 -9am.
Written September 13, 2020
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Beck0197
Congleton, UK67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
I honestly had the best time here!

The road to get to the Fairy Pools was a single track but has more than plenty of passing places.

Granted and following on from bad reviews, it does get busy pretty quick. We went on a Saturday morning and arrived at approx 10:30am to which is was already pretty busy, however we only had to park half way down the car park. The car park is £5 to stay for as long as you want, although this seems pricey, they confirm that all the money goes back into the conservation of the place, the leaflet they hand you goes into more detail on this (very lovely leaflet!!)

Don’t get me wrong, the walk/hike up to the fairy pools isn’t easy and is about 30-40 mins but definitely can be done by inexperienced walkers! Hiking shoes probably better as loose rocks but could be done in trainers no problem.

The views were INCREDIBLE, we went on an overcast day and it was still insane! The water was unbelievably clear and I really understand why people see the place as magical.

I would definitely take swimming stuff and water shoes if you have the chance as, although the water is FREEZING, I got used to it after about 10 minutes and had the best time canyoning up the water falls!! Such an amazing experience and one that has fuelled me to find more places similar to do it again ☺️

As always, the weather in Scotland is so unpredictable so be ready for everything and beware, the rocks in the water can be VERY slippy! (I fell over and hurt myself but even this didn’t dampen my experience.
Written August 10, 2021
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Arushi
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
For me this was one of the most beautiful spots in our entire trip. There are ongoing efforts I believe by the locals to provide better facilities there. However, currently there is authorised parking which costs £5. From there the pools are about 15 mins walk (really depends on fast you walk!). You need to go over some stepping stones in the stream to get to the pools and when we went the water levels were quite high. We were ankle deep in water when we stepped on the stones so I would recommend wearing sturdy water proof footwear just incase! Like most of Isle of Skye it's a bit of work to get there but the view is definitely worth it!
Written January 11, 2020
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BB1993
Birmingham, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
The five stars is for the fantastic view of the Cuillins, the pools are pretty good but nothing magical. If you hate midges, obviously don’t go in summer. If you hate watching inexperienced tourists slip on mud, take precarious selfies and squeal at walking through a tiny river crossing, go at sunrise or sunset. We watched a beautiful sunset after everyone else had cleared off after their five minute walk. If you don’t want to pay a measly £5 to park and contribute to up keeping the poor ecosystem you are trampling over, give it a miss and head back to Edinburgh.
Written October 2, 2020
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Lesley C
St Leonards, UK11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We visited on 2nd October am, it had been raining hard but we were well equipped with all weather gear and walking boots. The car park attendant was very nice and friendly, we paid the £5 car park fee and off we set in the pouring rain. It was muddy and slippery but was fine until we got to the stream, it was treacherous! The water had risen due to the rain the water was high and gushing down over the stepping stones/rocks. The car park attendant didn’t tell us this when we set off! A few young people got very wet crossing, one lady slipped on the rocks and nearly fell in, her boots were full of water. The rocks were slippery as the water was actually covering them, it was so dangerous. We decided not to cross, that’s the last thing we needed on holiday is a booking leg and wet footwear. We were very disappointed not to see the pools and very angry that the car park attendant didn’t even mention these conditions especially when you are paying £5, what a ripoff.
Written October 3, 2020
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LW56992
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Myself and my partner wanted to visit the fairy pools during our trip to Skye. We arrived at the fairy pools around midday after driving along a one track lane for a while so be prepared that this route may not be accessible for larger cars. The route was scenic nonetheless and we enjoyed this part of the journey.

However, things became busy. Very, very busy. In fact, ‘busy’ is an understatement. We were in standstill traffic before even reaching the car park which was full. There was nowhere to turn around and because of this, cars were getting themselves stuck and blocking each other in. The friendly gentleman at the car park told us that there is ‘no point’ arriving to the pools after 9am as you just won’t get parked.

This is clearly an extremely busy attraction and it is just not worth the bother of sitting in absolute chaos for an hour to simply turn around when possible and go back. We didn’t even leave the car.

All in all, if this is somewhere that you would really like to visit, make sure you arrive at, literally, the crack of dawn.

P.S. Having re-read this review before posting it, I can say that it does not even do the experience justice. The reality was much worse and there aren’t words strong enough!
Written August 5, 2021
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CherryChapstick
Kineton, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We went with two young boys to this amazing natural playground, and had a fantastic time adventuring to the sides of the main walk way. We went early on a hot day, there is no shade so keep that in mind. The walk from the car park is around 20 minutes if done in one go, but we chose to dip down into the river and walk up much of it that way. I did wear sandals and just about managed on the terrain but would've been better in sturdier footwear. The pools are a mix of ease of accessibility, keep going until you find one that suits you. A great day out for exploring, it does get very busy so would really recommend going as early as you can.
Written July 26, 2021
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LynsFrostee
London, UK546 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
This place is technically free to visit but you need to pay for the car park and it’s £5.00 to park. They’re currently improving he car park to add in toilets too but I think this is all being delayed as a result of these covid times.
Once parked up it’s about a 10 minute walk to get to the start of the fairy pools area. It’s down a slight incline at first and then across some stepping stones over water. This can be a bit slippery so take care! There is then a slight walk up hill and I’d advise walking boots if you have them. It is probably fine in trainers though.
I dress warm also as it’s out in the mountains and even In The summer it can be chilly.
Once you get to the start of the waterfall/pools area you can ascend quite a lot to get to the top spot. There is the opportunity to walk a huge circular route which I hear takes around 4 hours. We didn’t do that as we only had 1 day on Skye and wanted to see some other sites too but I can believe it’s a beautiful walk based on the hour I spent there.
I’d recommend a stop here. It’s beautiful no matter the weather on the day (it rained when we were there) so definitely check this spot out.
Written October 17, 2020
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