When you visit the Isle of Skye, you will definitely notice a fairy theme. The scenery feels like something out of a fairy tale and there are many stories about fairies and the Isle of Skye. One of the most famous being the story of the fairy flag. Not surprisingly, the Fairy Pools is one of the most popular attractions on the Isle of Skye. It’s a beautiful area with crystal clear pools and several waterfalls.
How to Get to the Fairy Pools on Isle of Skye Scotland
It was a scenic 40 minute drive from the Bed and Breakfast where we were staying to the fairy pools. A good portion of the drive was on one lane roads where you have to use the passing places if cars come from the other direction. You will pass through the Black Cuillins and sections with sheep (or cows) close to or even on the road.
You should try to visit the Fairy Pools first thing in the morning because it is so popular. The parking area is not very big at all and there is no charge to use it. When we walked back to the car we saw people parked along the road. The road is already narrow enough as it is! From what I have been told, you have a high likelihood of getting a ticket if you park on the street, so please just don’t.
It is free to visit the Fairy Pools. (If you are traveling on a budget, you might also appreciate this Scotland Budget Travel Guide.)
Fairy Pools Hike
There aren’t really any signs in the parking lot (at least that we saw) saying where to go to get to the Fairy Pools of Skye, but it looked like there was only one trail that started across the street so we went there. The hiking trail is 2.4 km to the Fairy Pools and back. I would classify it as an easy hike, so you can definitely bring the kids along. These tips for hiking with kids will help make it easier.
The first part of the hike is downhill. Before long you reach the first waterfall. Russell is a bit obsessed with waterfalls and photographing them, so he wanted to stop. So while he was photographing, I went ahead and it wasn’t long before I saw an even bigger waterfall! We could not get enough of the waterfalls on the Isle of Skye.
Then you need to cross the stream. There are stones for you to step on and it’s not too difficult. Later on, during the hike, you reach another crossing where you have to take pretty big steps to get across. Knowing that the water is pretty cold here, I was a little hesitant but I made it across ok.
Once you get past the second crossing it is not much longer before you reach the main fairy pool area. We didn’t see anyone swimming when we were there but we did see people climbing to get the best angle to take a picture of the largest waterfall. Swimming in the Fairy Pools is allowed but the water is cold even in the summer. Whether you chose to swim or just take photos, please be careful!
Here Comes the Rain
So it was raining a little on and off as we hiked to the Fairy Pools, typical Scottish weather. (Check out this Scotland packing list to make sure you will be prepared). I just hoped we would be able to make it back to the car before it really starting coming down and the trail got muddy. We didn’t want to rush things though because the Fairy Pools are stunning. The water was so clear and I loved the waterfalls. Plus you look into the distance and see the mountains. You need to experience the Fairy Pools walk for yourself.
My one concern was that the rocks on the challenging crossing would get wet and I might slip and fall in the water. Yes, I do worry about these things! There were a few raindrops when we decided to head back but not enough to make the crossing treacherous. Well, that was until two dogs ran in front of me and into the water splashing all over the rocks. Luckily, I did make it across without falling in and we made it back to the car before it started raining too much or the trail got too muddy.
Stop to See Glenbrittle Beach
Once we got back to the car we decided to continue on the road we came on to Glen Brittle beach. By the time we got to the beach (15 minutes later), it was raining harder, so we just got out quickly and took a look. It is a really nice beach and would have liked to explore more if the weather would have been better.
We really enjoyed our morning at the Fairy Pools in the Cullins. The scenery was just absolutely stunning. We loved photographing the waterfalls, but the surrounding mountains are beautiful too. Plus, the hike was really pretty easy and it is free! You can get a little glimpse of what our visit to the Glen Brittle Fairy Pools was like in this video.
Have you visited the Isle of Skye Fairy Pools or another easy hike that is really scenic? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments.
Expert Tips for Visiting the Skye Fairy Pools
- Make sure you park in the parking lot and not on the street.
- I would recommend wearing rain gear as the weather can change pretty quickly.
- It is free to park and hike the Fairy Pools.
- The fairy pool hike is relatively easy and only 2.4 km round trip. If you just walk it can probably be done in 40 minutes, but you are going to want to stop and take pictures, so allow extra time.
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