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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  • The walk to the pools is steep at times and the path - although well made and maintained - is very rocky. Definitely no stroller or wheelchair territory. We went with our 3 year old twins and had to c...  more »
  • Spectacular scenery, lovely waterfalls and pools surrounded by the mountains. Take decent footwear as the paths are uneven and can be wet. Parking can be an issue at peak times.  more »
  • The pools were a bit difficult for us to find. The path from the parking area is very steep. Once the path levels out some, you have several small streams you have to cross, and the stepping stones ar...  more »
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  • The place is full of tourists, and nice but nothing spectacular. If you're adventurous then Scotland has plenty more to offer. Tour groups use this as a few hour trip. I suppose it's decent for that because it has a fairly large parking area and accessible path for people of all ages. The path begins with a several minutes downhill walk, then you reach the water. The path continues alongside numerous falls and pools, with some of the better places to stop further towards the end.
  • A series of small waterfalls each prettier than the previous one. A really nice one or two hour walk (depending of the pace) easily extendable beyond on more wild footpaths. May be nicer on a sunny day.
  • This is a beautiful and scenic walk, parking can be difficult so would suggest getting there early. The crystal clear waters with small waterfalls are beautiful, as with other posts, there are no toilet facilities so would recommend going with an empty bladder although the local village is only 10 mins away for toilets and other facilities, also the local whisky distillery.
  • The Pools are definitely worth seeing if you are nearby. Be prepared to walk about 1.5km to get to the best parts. The valley the pools are nested in is stark and beautiful. Only downside is that it is a bit out of the way.
  • An amazing hike with great views, this is a great place to visit, a hike up the glen to the pools is a great way to work up an appetite. make sure you walk all the way up the glen or you will some of the more spectacular waterfalls and pools. The car park can be quite busy and there are no toilet facilities, but an enjoyable experience as long as you are wearing the correct footwear

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