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Absolutely worth the climb. The views are great at every point, but when you get to the top and get the 360 degree perspective, it’s truly beautiful. Wonderful to have a wilderness experience so close to the city streets of Edinburgh.

Just wonderful! So calm, so peaceful!

Love this trail

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful falls and pools that are set in a picturesque valley, surrounded by majestic mountains of luminous green. The path follows the stream, and in a couple of spaces there are a few rocks to hop, all well worth the journey.

My husband and I were in Scotland for our 20th anniversary and wanted a fairly easy hike. This fit the bill. It was beautiful even with the crowd. We were there in October so it was busy but not overwhelmingly so. I can imagine it would be packed in other months.

Amazing. This is very challenging, but doable with children. Did with wife and 9 & 12 year olds on a sunny calm day. Would hate to try in rain. Once at top head to rock formation (7-8 minute walk) for 360 panoramic view.

One of the most beautiful place on earth...

Wish for good whether but one of the best spot on Isle of Skye, magical

hiking
28 days ago

Great views and a nice way to escape some of the hordes of tourists in Edinburgh (not all of them tho). Clockwise gets you to the top faster (along a sloping path), but you have to come down the “infinite steps,” which were a bit slick. Obviously counter-clockwise means you climb the uneven, stone steps that, seriously, seemed to last forever!

walking
1 month ago

Breathtaking scenery and fabulous views. It wasn’t to crowded when we arrived but it was early on Sunday morning. It was getting busier when left a couple of hours later.

Somewhat steep trail with amazing views the entire way up. As with most popular trails, it does get crowded, so get there early. Also, “early” is not that early on Skye. We arrived at about 8:30 am and were some of the first people on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views for the entire trail. Remote location, but it is worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty and easy, but crowded.

Easy trail that ends in a cool town - Kinlochleven- with a few decent restaurants. NOTE: Kingshouse is under construction and NO parking is allowed there. However, you can park at Glencoe ski resort or 2 miles west of Kingshouse where the Devils Staircase begins, this skipping the two miles of trail that follows the road.

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike with great views of the entire city. Don’t wear nice shoes.

hiking
1 month ago

Oh. My. God.
The most beautiful hike I have ever been on.

Unfortunately the Fairy Pools were a case of expectation vs reality. the photoshopped pictures online are not what you're likely to see. Photos on this page are accurate. Admittedly the water is a cool color. Crowded trail with people crawling all over the creek and obstructing views. --I think that's what no one tells you is that you have to climb down into the creek to get the best shots you see online.
It is scenic because it is Scotland, but is not in my top 5 hikes on the Isle of Skye.

Fantastic views all around. The path is muddy and can be slippery so use caution.

Great hike even if the weather wasn't so nice with us (rain and strong wind). But the view is worth the effort !
We made it with two little childs of 6 and 3 years old !
The path is fine and different ways can be taken.

Amazing views everywhere you look. Well worth doing this hike!

A steep climb leads to spectacular views in all directions. This place is famous for good reason.

A nice, open walk with great views of the unique geological formations. The climb can be strenuous in parts and the trip to the old man takes about an hour in each direction.
The only downside is it can be quite crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Recommend ccw loop. Starting out CW is very steep climb!

1 month ago

It was a great place to see and do in Edinburgh, Scotland. I highly recommend taking the time to hike up to Arthur’s Seat, the views of the city are worth the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

The surrounding mountains are impossible to appreciate in photos. The hike itself is easy, but usually wet. Lots of tourists but early morning is the best time of day to go if you dress warm.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic views. The trail is not difficult, but due to wet ground, rain, wind, and generally cold conditions it becomes more difficult. Personally that made it more rewarding and enjoyable however. I wore trail shoes, but would recommend your hiking boots as you will be slogging through some muck after the halfway point. Warm clothes and rain gear are a necessity.

Finishes with one of the best views I have ever seen.

camping
2 months ago

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hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hike even in the rain. Would definitely do it again. Very scenic

hiking
3 months ago

Easy but wear waterproof hiking boots. My 5 year old had no problem doing this. Gorgeous views!

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