Being an Outlander fan, I know that fairies play an important role in Scottish folklore. And after visiting so many unbelievably beautiful places in Scotland, I can see how the breathtaking landscape would be the kind of place that magical creatures like fairies live in.
It’s why the natural waterfalls in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye are known as the Fairy Pools. The blue green waters rolling beautifully over the rocks, surrounded by purple flowers and green fields, can make you feel like you’re in another world.
Exploring the Fairy Pools is a delight for nature lovers, photographers, and anyone wanting to experience Skye’s natural wonders. Read on to see more of the Fairy Pools and get some tips for your visit.
Heading out to the Fairy Pools from the parking area is easy enough, with a marked path (and well-placed stones in the water) guiding you along the Brittle River towards the waterfalls.
At this point you may be thinking that the Fairy Pools are just like any other river running through the Scottish countryside, but as you continue further along the path you can see what all the hype is about.
The river has carved through a rocky area in the glen, creating waterfalls and pools that are yours for exploring. You can get up close and personal with the river, and some even try wild swimming! It was a bit cold for that on our visit, but I can see that being a blast.
With lackluster weather we didn’t walk to all of the waterfalls of the Fairy Pools, but we still greatly enjoyed the parts that we did see.
Tips for Your Trip
Getting There & Parking – The Fairy Pool car park is easy to search for in Google Maps, but cell service can be spotty on the Isle of Skye so download offline directions or use your car’s navigation. Unless you arrive early, parking will be crowded.
If there are no spaces left, find solid ground off the side of the road to park. Avoid muddy areas or you’ll need a tow truck later!
Time & Difficulty – Visiting the Fairy Pools will take a few hours. From Portree the Fairy Pools are approximately 40 minutes away, and once you park it takes about 20 minutes to walk to the beginning of the waterfalls. Depending on how many times you stop to take photos and explore the separate pools, you can spend somewhere between 20-40 minutes walking along them. And then of course you have the return trip to the car park to factor in.
The path is very well marked, and there aren’t very many large hills along the walk. That being said, the rain can make the areas around the pathways and at the good photography points extremely muddy. And of course the rocks surrounding the river can be slippery, so take care when getting close to the river.
What to Wear & Bring – Be prepared for rain and mud! The photo above was taken halfway through our walk, and you can see how dirty my boots are and how high the mud is in some places. Waterproof hiking boots, waterproof pants, and a rain jacket are highly recommended for visiting the Fairy Pools. During our trip it rained off and on, and I was glad I had all my rain gear.
P.S. You can read this post all about my Scotland Travel Style with recommendations for what to wear!
If you are bringing a nice camera make sure you have a waterproof bag for that as well. My rain jacket was big enough to stuff my camera inside when the drizzle rolled around, but I could still bring it out quickly when the weather cleared for a few moments.
These tips should make your visit to the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye a magical one!