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Review of Fairy Pools

Fairy Pools
Ranked #5 of 100 things to do in Isle of Skye
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A magical place of outstanding natural beauty at the foot of the Black 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 along with some great coffee c/o the Cuillin Coffee Co. Thank you and we hope you enjoy your visit!
Reviewed June 2, 2013

Walk right up to the top! Stunning scenery. Take a picnic and allow plenty of time for swimming. It was quite busy so earlier in the day may be better if you want to avoid other visitors, but there are plenty of nooks and crannies to hide in.

1  Thank Ophelia1374
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

I can highly recommend a drive and walk to the fairy pools. 20 members of my family made the walk up to the fairy pools! It was just so beautiful. The walk wasn't too strenuous, my little cousins aged 4 and 6 made the track as well as my disabled uncle who can walk with difficulty. (he was inspirational) Take your wet suit, if you go on a glorious day like we did you will want to get it to the crystal blue water and waterfalls! Something that will stay with me forever!! Stunning!!

1  Thank AJ D
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

The Fairy Pools is a series of remarkable natural effects flowing out of a tributary of the River Brittle on Skye. It makes for a truly memorable walk in the absolutely beautiful surrounds of the Cuillin. The walk is relatively easy, given a 2 out of 5 difficulty rating by the experts at walk highlands.

The start of the Fairy Pools trail is opposite a car park on the road to Glenbrittle. It is in quite a remote part of Skye in the shadow of the savagely beautiful Cuillin. The trail is easy to follow alongside the pools themselves, it becomes slightly more difficult when curling back round or when heading on to Sligachan. The ground apparently dries quickly but is still pretty boggy. The water level will make a serious difference to the experience as crossing the streams does depend on how accessible the various stepping stones are.

The pools themselves are unbelievable. The otherworldly colouring thrown up by the rocks really makes the name understandable. It is an incredible sight to behold, almost luminescent in places. Combined with the aesthetically pleasing little waterfalls themselves the pools are one of the British Isles great natural wonders.

The pools stretch on for a couple of miles. Some are apparently accessible for a quick swim but the cold water will not allow this to appeal to all.

Rounding the turn as the stream thins at higher points the better option than returning to the car park is to turn through a low pass and head on to Sligachan, the scenery being very pleasant that way as well but with a couple of points that do require a bit of exertion. The walk along the pools and then on to Sligachan is a leisurely 3 hours.

There are plenty of serious hikes and climbs around the area but the Fairy Pools offer a fairly simple walk alongside awe-inspiring natural phenomena.

4  Thank Malarchy
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

This walk was recommended to us by the staff in the tourist information center in Portree. This is a mostly easy walk at the base of the Cuillin Hills to a series of waterfalls and pools. Truly astonishing views on the way. We turned back after seeing the pools but the trail does a loop through the rest of the valley. Total time was 2-3 hours. There is a marked parking lot at the trailhead. There are just minor elevations on the way to the pools and two small brooks that are crossed by jumping from stone to stone. Not too difficult in my opinion, but my wife and I did see a few people miss a stone and get there feet wet.

Thank Stuart K
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

When u get there use the first car park, don't be put off by the arrow pointing left for the fairy pools, that's walking directions once you have parked up.
The trail is an easy 20-30 minute walk, you can actually see the fairy pools from the car park.
We wore welly's after reading other reviews on here but they weren't really needed, a good pair of walking shoes will do.

You will k ow when you get there, the sights are stunning, we braved it and stripped off and jumped in, it was freezing cold but well worth it.

Highly recommended if your in Skye

Thank Challenger584
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