Isle of Skye

Fairy Pools

Fairy Pools

The Fairy Pools are one of the Isle of Skye’s most talked about attractions and it’s easy to see why.

This walk is much more accessible than some of the others on the Isle, such as the Old Man of Storr – you don’t need any special equipment, and you don’t need to be super fit. In fact, it’s probably better if instead you’re just super stupid brave and take along your speedos in case you fancy taking a plunge into the icy waters! For the rest of us who’d rather keep dry and conveniently forgot our swimmers – make sure you at least take your camera.

You can park at the start of the trail for the Fairy Pools for a fiver and set off across a well-trodden footpath through the moors, following a gentle stream as you go. The walk itself is a pleasant one, regardless of the weather, and one the whole family can enjoy, with the occasional obstacle like steppingstones to navigate.

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In not too much time at all, about 20 minutes, the formation of the rocks surrounding the stream change quite dramatically, creating opportunities for waterfalls and blue pools of water to form. It’s not quite clear as to where the Fairy Pools got its name from, but the nature of the crystal-like blue pools makes it easy to understand there is something magic about this place.


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