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After several days of exploring castles, tombs, and other historical sites, we were in need of change of pace (mind you, we were already going 90mph). So instead of going 90, we bumped it up a notch to 120 and drove 4 hours to the Isle of Skye.

Side note: We weren’t really going 120mph, mom.

The summer sun sets very late in Scotland so after checking into our hotel on the Isle of Skye, we knew we had plenty of time to get a hike in. We drove the absolutely beautiful, windy road to Glen Brittle and arrived at a very busy trail head to the Fairy Pools hike.

Fairy Pools hike in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/fairy-pools-hike
One of the nice things about being a designer is that I can remove people from a picture to present an idyllic, quiet scene. In reality, this was a busy trail.

Fairy Pools hike in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/fairy-pools-hike
The first waterfall is about 5 minutes away from the parking area.

Fairy Pools hike in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/fairy-pools-hike

Fairy Pools hike in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/fairy-pools-hike
There were actually quite a number of people who had braved the cold and were taking dips in several of the pools

Fairy Pools hike in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/fairy-pools-hike
We found that if you hike the extra mile, it is a lot less crowded. We were able to find several pools further up the trail that were void of tourists.

Fairy Pools hike in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/fairy-pools-hike

Fairy Pools hike in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/fairy-pools-hike
Fairy Pools hike in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/fairy-pools-hike
Fairy Pools hike in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/fairy-pools-hike
Fairy Pools hike in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/fairy-pools-hike
Fairy Pools hike in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/fairy-pools-hike
Rolling up our pants to wade in the water. We braved the cold to get away from people and find our own private paradise.

Fairy Pools hike in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/fairy-pools-hike

Fairy Pools hike in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/fairy-pools-hike

Overall, the Fairy Pools was a great introductory hike into the Isle of Skye.

Fairy Pools Overview

  • Coordinates: 57.25035, -6.27273
  • Fees: FREE
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Usage: Heavy
  • Things to note:
    1. The car park is inadequate for the hike’s popularity. Be prepared to park on the side of the dirt road.
  • Tips:
    1. Peak season is very busy. Avoid the crowd by going very early or be prepared to hike further up the trail if you want to get away from the crowds.
  • Pets allowed: Yes
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