Fairy Pools
Glenbrittle (Scotland), United Kingdom
  • Natural Pool


Located at the feet of the Black Cuillins Mountains near Glenbrittle, in a natural postcard scenery, the Fairy Pools are natural pools created by the Brittle River, whose waters have remarkable transparency and color. In August, it is not uncommon to see fearless people who not only bathe, but they even jump into the deepest pools from the surrounding rocks. Passing by the small mountain river, a truly lovely natural swimming pool is created every time there is a waterfall. It’s beautiful for those who love walking in the middle of nature.

The pools are clean and crystal clear: their water suggests a nice dive, but temperature and wind are definitely against this desire.

Although there were many other visitors the atmosphere was intimate, the place arises respect and everyone finds a personal way of experiencing this place.
I would recommend taking a half day to visit this wonder with the necessary calm.

Many families relax themselves and the boys dives from the rocks.

Suitable for

  • Couples
  • Sport
  • Friends
  • Single


  • Daytime
  • Soft water
  • Pets allowed
  • Parking

The path is not demanding but requires a bit of agility: in fact, comfortable shoes are recommended, which are precious at some points.

In times of greater tourist inflow you better get in the morning, possibly not too late, because parking and road fill in quickly.

With the sun you can admire the magnificent light games and the landscape gets enchanting. Without the sun, the Fairy Pools lose their magic a bit. The dry day is also recommended to not sink into the mud, which becomes overwhelming during the rains.

During summer annoying mosquitos - the famous midges - can make your day less enjoyable, but you can use insect repellent or long clothing to keep these pests distant.

For those who love photography, Fairy Pools give the best of themselves on sunny days, but only when the sky tends to darkness or thunderstorm.

If it rained be aware of mud: slipping is very easy. Also, be careful with the stream that swells and becomes dangerous to cross, forcing you to go back.

The walking route is quite easy, but it is not very suitable for children.



Visited in 2013



How to reach

Get the ferry from Mallaig, or try the road bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh. On the road to Loch Brittle follow the Forestry Commision signs to “Fairy Pools". The walk to the pools is about 2.4 km long.
The climb is pretty tough.

The Fairy Pools are at about half an hour drive from Carbost, on Skye Island. Parking is well marked along the road from Carbost to Glenbrittle Forest. The trail is on the road to Glenbrittle (20 miles from Portree: road from Carbost to Glenbrittle-crossing the signs for the Talkisker Distillery). Parking is quite large, though not huge, and there are no toilets or refreshment points.

From the parking lot, you can reach the first and most beautiful waterfalls in no more than 30 mins walk.