Fairy Pools

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye: Hours, Address, Fairy Pools Reviews: 4.5/5

Fairy Pools
4.5
Bodies of Water • Waterfalls
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:
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2-3 hours
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HazelValvona
Poole, UK169 contributions
Interesting Geological Formations
Sep 2021 • Friends
A stunning series of natural blue / green pools and waterfalls
Fortunately we arrived at 5.30pm but were totally unprepared for the motorway of people walking to the pools from the well thought out car park and toilets area
The first set of stepping stones was fine but the other set was beyond us and we wouldn’t have managed had it not been for the kindness of strangers
Well worth visiting but don’t expect the peace and quiet of the south such as Ord
Written October 19, 2021
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MiddleEnglandMan
Harrogate, UK541 contributions
Go early to avoid the grockles
Oct 2021
They have recently upgraded the car park from the mayhem that it previously was. £5 which is fair given the expense of parking and toilets. The pools and stream is about a 20 minute walk to the bottom and another 20 minutes to the top. Go early because around 10.30 the world and their wife turns up, largely un prepared. Many then do the bucket list swim in the pools ruining it for others. Track is muddy and uneven. You need to have the right footwear and be reasonably fit.
Written October 19, 2021
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Inwanderment
Burntwood, UK1,637 contributions
Beautiful but oh the Midges
Nov 2020
Absolutely stunning!

The pools are famous for their crystal clear blue colour and stunning backdrop and we were disappointed even in the rain.

The walk there and back uses the same route and is around 2.5km and takes around 40 minutes… although way longer if you have a camera with you!

Top Tips

There is a designated car park which costs £5 to park regardless of time spent and you are handed a map by a very nice parking attendant being attacked by midges.. a warning of what’s to come

The walk is pretty easy although there are a few stepping stones which can be difficult to cross if there is very heavy rain especially if you have a dog with you – we were told by a local that it was best to avoid altogether in very heavy rain!

The midges are ANOTHER LEVEL…. so bad. Take smidge and cover yourself in it, take a head net, a full-body suit, anything you have to cover every inch of your body. You will still get swarmed but at least they won’t bit you!

The steep short ascent on way back up which we totally forgot about until we headed back reminded us of our shocking fitness level… be warned!

There are toilets in the visitors centre but sadly were not open for our trip due to COVID but I think they opened in August so you are good to go!
Written October 16, 2021
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suz
Scone, UK2 contributions
Crystal clear pools and falls
Oct 2021 • Couples
Never have I seen clearer water! The walk is not too long to see these stunning falls and pools. The pools are crystal clear and the falls dramatic. Park in car park run by local charity. The walk was quite busy and quite stony. Not suitable for the very infirm. Give yourself a couple of hours to complete the whole walk and have time for photos
Written October 13, 2021
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PThomas1985
Stourbridge, UK138 contributions
Brilliant views, and worth the walk
Oct 2021 • Friends
We visited on a weekday afternoon, and it was a popular spot. That said, the car park (with a small charge, payable by card if you wish) is big enough, and new toilets on site too. The walk is about 40 minutes each way, and it is quite muddy and rocky at times, so bring your walking boots! Lovely views throughout the walk, and the pools themselves were really picturesque. You can walk further if you wish - the friendly guides on site provided us with the details we needed. A great trip out!
Written October 12, 2021
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jlauraj
7 contributions
The pools and their surroundings never fail to amaze me. Park in the car park, NOT the passing places.
Oct 2021
Okay, first of all, some of y'all need to get a grip. Moaning about the car park not being good enough? Moaning about the existence of the car park, and the "commercialisation" and increase in tourism at sites like the Fairy Pools? I've got news for you - if you're not from Skye, you're a tourist. We're from the Central Belt, and we're tourists. Get over it. (I won't even go into how essential tourism is to Scotland.)

Secondly, I was here 6yrs ago, before the carpark, and it is *so much better* with both it and the public toilets! Those toilets are the cleanest and most up to date I've ever seen, never mind for being in the middle of nowhere and during a pandemic. Huge kudos to the Mingish Community Hall Association and their partners! Especially given that MCHA is made up of volunteers, before anyone moans about the council taking their parking money. Community initiatives are difficult enough to get off the ground, never mind in a situation like this.

I'll never get over the actual pools and how incredible they are. Seeing them in October is a totally different experience to seeing them in August, like I did the first time, but it was atmospheric and inspiring, and felt like such an achievement to get to the top! The waters are so clear and refreshing, though insanely fast. It was the rest of my party's first time seeing them, and they lived up to the impressions everyone had. Getting to the top was definitely worth it - we nearly made it to the source, and you really could believe fairies had once been there. Take your time though, it is not always easy due to conditions and the sheer distance.

(Although I have to laugh at people calling them "some water and rivers". Did they think they were going to see actual fairies?!)

This is also the second time the fairies have taken an (accidental!) offering from my group. I hope they liked my nose stud! :D

tl;dr The pools are gorgeous, but it is a trek. Worth it, but only if you feel comfortable, and definitely take your own time. The car park is a good thing, £5 is great for all day parking and helps the local community, and unlike someone else recommended, please, PLEASE don't park in the passing places. That's. The opposite of what they're for.
Written October 10, 2021
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den310
Uddingston, UK189 contributions
Wow wow wow
Oct 2021 • Couples
Wow wow wow. That is all really such a nice nice thing to see water so clear people swimming in the waters even on a could October day. Nice Wark to be had
Written October 8, 2021
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Adrienne Toumayan
Washington DC, DC350 contributions
Gorgeous little hike, chilly dip in the pools!
Sep 2021
We had a great little hike at the Fairy Pools, with gorgeous views of the mountains along the way. I also brought my suit (yes, in September!) and took an... invigorating... dip in the pools haha 'twas a wee bit chilly but so refreshing! Definitely recommend if you're up for it. Just bring something warm and dry to change into after. Oh, and be prepared to cross a little stream or two to do the hike.
Written October 3, 2021
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ddk222
Glasgow77 contributions
£5 parking to look at some water...
Oct 2021 • Family
Nice location and drive down to fairy pools on the cullians (it's just a river with some naturally created water pools) . Can't belive they (the council) expect people to pay £5 parking {and there is a parking attendant on duty!) :daylight robbery. Just park in close by passing place or hillwalkers carpark and walk another little bit.
Written October 2, 2021
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Sharon M
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Fairy pools amazing but only for people who are able to walk a lot.
Aug 2021 • Friends
I went here with my family, it has a big carpark so no difficulties with parking. It is very good if you like long walks, and lovely views. The fairy pools were amazing, if you want to go in them I'd advice wearing some sort of footwear that can go into the water as the rocks are very sharp and suitable walking footwear because the pathways are very uneven and stoney. You have to jump over large stones which are very slippery to get over water ponds to get over the other side. This can be quite difficult if your not very nimble. I wouldn't advice it if you find walking difficult, even with walking sticks it's hard, if you have babies in pushchairs or anyone in a wheelchair as it's all up hill and rocky everywhere. Theirs a lot of people who walk their dogs there, so be careful, as most people picked up after their dogs but some didn't and some that did just throw the bags on the floors. I did see a dog doing it's business right next to the pool and it's owner just calling the dog away and leaving it. But your probably like it if your a rambler or someone who likes running up hill. There is no toilets on the route, so go before you start walking, which doesn't help when your half way up. So I think they need some toilets on the way up.
Written October 2, 2021
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