The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, Isle of Skye

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Relax in the natural beauty of the The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, so called because of their enchanting appearance. Walk around the area and admire the collection of clear-blue streams, waterfalls, and rock pools set amid the grandeur of the Cuillins. Brace yourself for a rather chilly swim or a paddle. If the weather permits a longer stay, bring along a picnic, but be sure to take your garbage away with you. Sensible footwear is recommended as the streams fill up quickly when it rains, making the surrounding area very wet and slippery. Go early for the best chance of securing one of the limited parking spaces. Arrange your visit to The Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye and discover more family-friendly attractions in Isle of Skye using our Isle of Skye vacation planner.
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  • I was a little surprised by the length of walk to get to the pools but it was definitely worth it. Note that there are crossings over water where you have to step on wet stones, good footwear recommen...  more »
  • Wasn't expecting the walk up to be so long! We were in a hurry as we had to leave to drive back to Edinburgh before our hotel locked us out. It was nicer than I thought it would be. Even though the wa...  more »
  • I was so amazed by the views here. If you ever have the time, this place will not disappoint you. It is a little walk, and I recommend you walk to the last pool. Possibly try and go when it has been r...  more »
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  • If you go all the way from the parking to the waterfall and pools at the end, and back, it's about a 3-km walk. Mostly easy, although there are a few spots where you have step/jump over running creeks and show a bit of agility. Also, while it doesn't seem so bad going down, the incline turns out to be much steeper on the way back up! But it's all worthwhile one you make it to the end -- really a magical place, with amazing scenery all around. If fairies really existed, this would likely be their home...
  • Was a nice place to hike ensure that you have the proper shoes and wear for the day. The midges were out the day we visited and you were swarmed every time you stopped for a photo. We did enjoy the walk to the pools but due to the midges being out in full force was not the most pleasant walk we did but still would recommend it as an activity just be prepared. There were a lot of people out the day we were out so parking was a bit of an issue. If you are looking for a tourist centre not the place to go as it is as rugged as it gets but the path is well worn due to the number of visitors. I think there are better places to visit if you are just looking for a short hike that are not as touristy - one recommended to us was Kilt Rock unfortunately they were filming in the area the day we were there so we could not do it.
  • Charming falls in an epic landscape. The falls are small but somewhat long, drawn out in a system of small pools, large or small rocks. You start walking along a river which becomes that system of falls, and the falls themselves are about a 15 minute walk, though you'll want to stop along the way at some small basins or pools or falls to take pictures, listen to the water, or I suppose you can go for a swim in the summer (we were there in October and it was pretty cold).
  • A great place to really stretch your legs. Be aware that you'll need to cross streams over stepping stones and you'll need to get back up the initial incline (doesn't seem so bad on the way down), so more suited for the physically able.
  • Wonderful and magical! The Fairy Pools are well worth a visit if you're going to Skye. The hike was quite easy when we visited as the water was pretty low. I would recommend going quite early in the morning if you want an easy time finding somewhere to park.