The Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye

At foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle are the Fairy Pools, beautifully crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle. These famous pools entice visitors from all over the world, as they make some great ‘Wild Swimming’ for those brave enough to enter the cold water. For the less adventurous these magical Fairy Pools make some fantastic photos.

The nearest village to the Fairy Pools is Carbost on the West of Skye, the start of the walk is on the road to Glenbrittle.


Busy attraction with walkers of all ages. Families trekked to the pools which are fairly steep but worth the trek. Even the rain did not deter from the amazing views. This is a unique piece of the Skye landscape with lots of fast waterfalls and large deep pools,well worth a visit. The drive to start the trek is busy in the summer with motor homes and the parking is not ideal but don’t be put off by this as it is worth the effort.

This is a high pay-off walk. It is a little steep back to the parking lot, but it is a magical place with a stream and lots of waterfalls and pools. Very green mountains surrounds it and beautiful light and the mesmerizing sound of running water. Prepare for rain (even if it isn’t raining when you set out) and bring bug repellent for midges.


This walk is suitable in most normal weather conditions, but if it has been raining hard some on the river crossings can become a real challenge.

The Fairy Pools

This first Waterfall marks the start of the magical pools. Take some time to work your way up the river and explore all the pools. Some of the pools make great swimming, but rarely get warm.
This first waterfall is the highest fall and deepest pool. For the brave only there are some great high jumps. On the other side of the river from the path it is possible to jump into deep blue pool (approximately 10 meters high).
Follow the main path up beside the river to find more pools.
The next pool up is properly the most famous, a beautifully clear blue pool idea for swimming. It features a natural arch, offering an exhilarating under water swim though the arch.
There many small pools as you work your way up the river.