Fairy Pools
Fairy Pools
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Freey to visit at any time, the Fairy Pools is magical place of outstanding natural beauty at the foot of the Cuillin mountains. The Fairy Pools is becoming increasingly popular so when you visit, please drive carefully on the single track roads, follow the parking enforcement notices and take all your litter away with you. There is a WC at the nearby Glenbrittle Campsite & Cafe along with some great coffee c/o the Cuillin Coffee Co. Thank you and we hope you enjoy your visit! N.B. The Fairy Pools carpark is owned by a separate community organisation called the Minginish Community Hall Association. The operation and maintenance of the Fairy Pools carpark has been leased to OATS and they set the parking charges:
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  • Laurie D
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the highlights of my trip to Skye!
    One of the highlights of my trip to Skye! Carpark has clean and ample bathrooms. Trail is well graveled and maintained. Opportunities to go off trail and emergency services available. Slopes can be challenging for those with breathing or mobility issues so pace yourself but you can do it! Even if you are traveling solo, as long as you stay to the trails you will be within eyesight and earshot of fellow hikers, if you need help. The views across the valley and of the mountains will captivate you until you reach the fairy pools, there are several.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Frances S
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical spot worth all the hype!
    Even though it was raining and misty we still loved it. It is a magical spot beautifully maintained and wonderful due to fast flowing waterfalls. Don't miss this! Theres a reason it is a tourist attraction even on a rainy windy day!!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Linda B
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Much improved. Off course, the nature itself hasn't changed and was always gorgeous to begin with, but the path to walk to the pools is much better now. The dreaded stepping stones are gone, instead there are bridges now. I could actually see all of the pools this time. The walk from and back to the carpark is still pretty challenging though.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 11 June 2023
  • D P
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fairy Pools a Magical Walk
    The fairy pools are beautiful and magical. It such a beautiful walk but go early like a 9AM arrival. Stop and enjoy each individual waterfall. If brave enough, take a swim. The hardest part of the walk is the incline coming back. The path can be muddy so good walking closed toe shoes are a good choice.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 June 2023
  • agm
    Minnesota8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and easy hike
    Easy walk/hike in a beautiful location. Able to easily tailor the experience by staying in the busier, more accessible area of the Fairy Pools or venturing beyond the maintained path for a longer and bit more rugged experience. It does get hot in the middle of the day if sunny so would bring water!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Ryan
    Mammoth Lakes, California10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Landscape, But For Many It Just Isn't Worth It
    A lot of people say this is a must see, and a bucket list item. In my opinion, it really depends, and although this place has a 4.5+ average, I'd say it's worth reading the average to poor reviews because many of them are spot on. You need to be willing to deal with the extremely high number of tourists at the attraction and also on a one lane road which requires several turnouts and paying close attention to traffic up ahead. This is already a thing on Skye, but is significantly worse on this drive. Next, you need to be prepared for a hike. This isn't something you just walk up to. If you plan on swimming, then you should visit Fairy Pools. If you think this may be your only trip to Scotland ever, then maybe it's worth seeing. If you have mobility issues, it might be better to just take a picture of the magnificent landscape from the parking lot, or at the beginning of the trail, and then leave. If you have a full itinerary, this may be worth skipping. The parking lot is pretty large, and even in the middle of July there was plenty of parking. Know that you must climb uphill to get back to your car after visiting. The trail is well maintained and fairly easy to walk on with a gradual climb to the pools. Know that it's gravel, which may be tough for some. The trail is also absolutely packed with tourists. It's a little less than a mile to the *first* pool. Quite frankly, once you pass it, it's just more of the same. So, you can save some frustration and just cut it short and still say you've been to Fairy Pools. I imagine that it might be quieter at the top if you're planning on swimming. If you swim, be very careful. Several people in good shape have died here. There are no river crossings as others claim there are. The end of the hike is very steep uphill, and then you must still climb up the parking lot to get to your car. If you are planning on taking some cool photos, give yourself an hour. If you are going to go to the top, give yourself maybe 2-2.5 hours. If you are going to swim, then give yourself at least 3-4 hours but you might as well spend the day there. There are so many other places on Skye to see similar geographic features that I feel this attraction is majorly overrated especially as someone that has been to Scotland 5 times and plans to return to Skye. Getting to take in the Isle of Skye is a bucket list item in itself, but Fairy Pools can be a pass depending on what else you are doing. Tourism can be great, but certain parts of Skye are just way too much, and this is one of them.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 17 July 2023
  • RiSha
    London, United Kingdom513 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    Came here recently during my visit to Skye. It's not an easy place to get to, but well worth the trip. Parking is available on site. It's quite a walk to the pools, so make sure you wear solid footwear. That being said, it was absolutely worth braving the rain and the walk to see the sight - one of my highlights while in Skye!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Suzanne1London
    580 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique
    A must if visiting Skye. The one lane road with passing places to reach this natural attraction, will melt from your memory. Parking is £6 for all day, with very clean loos (they shut at 5pm!) and no gift shop or cafe so do bring a picnic. The path is wide and stoned to lead you to the falls and pools. You will not be disappointed. It was one of my highlights on my 21 day Scottish tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • alexander1982
    Duns, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    This place is awesome. Don't expect it to yourself though. Its unbelievably busy. The road from Carbost is a bit of a battle with motorhomes on a single track road. We walked up to the top of the falls where the views of the Cullens is awesome. We then put on wetsuits and canyoned, jumped, walked and swum back to the bottom. We we the only ones swimming and were having so much fun we forgot about the hundreds of people watching. My youngest is only 9 and there was loads of pools she could manage but there are also some pretty massive jumps into some ridiculously deep pools if you are feeling adventurous. The views are better than anyones photos.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Chloe
    Cirencester, United Kingdom14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place but way too busy
    Really nice walk but extremely busy with too many people. Even when trying to arrive early it’s very busy and I am sure there are many other and better places to go for a walk that are less busy. The carpark charges £5 and that’s only if you’re able to get a space.. but the ticket doesn’t take your numberplate and is valid all day - so if you’re being kind, you can share this with someone else when you leave!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
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Richard C
New Zealand12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Don’t be put off by the walk, you can walk as far as you want to. The area is spectacularly beautiful with clear water, waterfalls, stunning mountains, it is a romantic place to visit. Another highlight while we were visiting the Isle of Skye
Written 19 May 2024
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Alissa M
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The views here are fantastic, but if you want to enjoy your time at all you need to get there as early as possible. By 9:30AM the parking lot was packed and we could hardly cross the road to get to the trail with all of the traffic trying to get into the lot. I can’t imagine what it would be like trying to do this walk later in the afternoon. The biggest downside beyond how crowded it is, is the amount of abandoned underwear and bags of dog poop left all along the trail. Nothing like trying to take in the amazing mountain views while someone’s skivvies flutter in the breeze next to you. Get here early or skip it all together.
Written 18 May 2024
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Hayley S
Matlock, UK136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Epic - wow wow wow. One of the most scenic places we have ever been and the best day so far on our 22 night trip of Scotland and Skye. Absolutely stunning place but arrive early as it gets busy. We arrived for 9.30 and with two good stops we spent about 4 hours and walked to the far top before you start climbing the mountain
Written 17 May 2024
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fionak887
United Kingdom45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Arrive early before 10 am to scoop a place in the car park. Cars cost £6 a day and bank card payment easy. There are new toilets in the car park. Take your own picnic and drinks. However there is a sign for a beach cafe four miles further on from the Fairy pools car park. The road to fairy pools is five miles of single track with passing places. Drivers should drive more considerately and slowly. It is not a race!
The pools and the path walking up past them is busy. If you are interested in photos better to arrive by 8 am before there are too many people in the way. Spectacular location in shadow of the Cuillins.
Written 12 May 2024
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Richard H
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This beauty spot is on the point of destruction by over-tourism. The construction of a 200 car car-park adjacent to the run of the pools has brought more numbers than the Glen Brittle road can cope with. The resultant constant stream of visitors walking the trail risk the ultimate Disneyfication of a one time wild spot. Perhaps the instillation of digital sign at the start of the Glen Brittle road showing the current capacity of the car park might help, but some deep rethinking needs to happen if it is not already too late to save this place.
Written 10 May 2024
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MikeP
44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
After very heavy rain the pools are not obvious but at other times the water can be exceptionally clear and the numerous pools are attractive. It's a very popular route now with bridges, a stone path and car park.
Written 9 May 2024
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familyis4ever
Springfield, MO410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I was surprised at how easy access was to these falls. The well developed path strolls along the falls all the way to the top. It was stunning.
Written 27 April 2024
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Sue A
Hasland, UK34 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
On reading the information on their web site it said the first pool was accessible for disabled via a gravel path . However I feel it is a struggle to use this path.
The carpark does have disabled parking for which there is a charge but some of it is on a slope,
There is a disabled toilet and you can l turn a wheelchair around but there is a small lip in the doorway.
There is a gravel path to the first pool however there is a steep incline to begin and the wheels on tge chairs skidded and slipped and going down backwards is unsafe for both chair user and carer . I met a fellow wheelchair user in a electric chair and he had nearly been tipped out of it so hadn’t carried on .
It would be nice if a golf buggy or similar vehicle could be used to transport the less abled down the incline and back again so allowing the less abled to begin there journey on the flatter areas similar to the service they offer at the blue lagoon In Malta.
More seats around the carpark edges to allow carers and their less able bodied friends be able to sit and admire the view to enable the less abled to enjoy the experience .
The view s fantastic.
Written 14 April 2024
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Cloudy
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The hike was somewhat strenuous, but well worth it. Our bus driver allowed 2 hours, so we spent almost an hour getting to the top of the hill, where the pools and waterfalls were so beautiful. If you are not in good health, drone pictures are online. A bench on the way back would be nice, but overall, the hike was well worth it. You could go the full 8 miles around the mountain if you want.
Written 11 April 2024
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Gill
Drumnadrochit, UK140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very beautiful walk,abit steep to get back to carpark! Lovely waterfalls,blue water! Dogs are allowed! Carpark is at the start of walk
Written 11 April 2024
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