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Fairy Pools is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Isle Of Skye, Highland, Scotland that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 472 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest River Views Waterfall Wildlife Muddy
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Magical pools and waterfalls around every corner. Come with an adventurous spirit and explore the variety of things to see. Expect crowds, as this is a popular hike. The trail isn’t heavily marked but you’ll know where it is due it’s heavy use. There will be some stones you have to jump across to get into the main sections. You can swim in the pools, but they are cold. There is a parking fee of two pounds.

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Piotrek R
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Walking

Pretty, but lacks memorable highlights. Loads of people too, even on a rainy September afternoon.

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Nicole Sell
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Rowanna Marston
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HikingMuddy

Suitable footwear needed - very muddy. Great views from start to finish. Two river crossings over stepping stones

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Tyler Maher
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katie katie
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Hiking

Easy walk, pleasant stroll through a valley alongside pretty river and series of small waterfalls and crystal clear water. Definitely arrive early or go late to avoid the crowds.

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Rob Boyle
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Hiking

Nice hike but busy

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Emily Hocken
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Walking

Beautiful pools - a must see! Easy for all walkers.

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Laurent WIDLOECHER
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Hiking

An easy walking trail across some rocks in the water. Took us 1.5 hours. Go early as too many tourists. Be aware of the midges! (Take midges net cover if you have one)

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Bailey Wyatt
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This is a 5 star hike, but our experience was probably a 1 Star.. the reason being... MIDGES. (Those tiny little mosquito-like bugs that swarm) I would recommend doing what we didn’t and come prepared! Wear bug spray and bring it on the trail- reapplying several times. There were also a couple people along the way with head and neck nets that shield them from the bugs. These seemed to help as well. As for the hike, it was very scenic and beautiful. My husband and I are in our 20’s and had an easy time hiking this. There is a huge hill at the base of the hike and you get to come up it when you finish the hike, so just be prepared for that. We ended up running the trail on the way back (mostly because we wanted to escape the midges) but this was fun! The day we went wasn’t raining, but there was a thick fog and the clouds seemed to settle into the valleys of the hills and this made it magical. There are several different waterfalls to see and we even saw people swimming in the pools at the bases of the waterfalls. We went in late August so it seemed a bit cold for this. But, it also looked fun and would make for fun pictures! We wanted to do the five mile loop, but the trail was extremely muddy after we stopped following the trail following the waterfalls, and it also wasn’t mapped out very well, so I would not recommend the 5 mile. I would do the 3 mile- climb up and then turn around and come down the way you came up! Great views, terrible bugs!

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Viv .
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really nice little walk to many waterfalls and pools !

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Rama Ramaswamy
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Nurul Yazid
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Babeth Vink
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Hiking

Lovely easy and short trail. Very busy because it’s very touristy. I did this hike both in the winter as well as the summer. I like it more in winter because there’s nobody out there.

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Emma Logsdon
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Hiking

It was ok, a little overrated but very scenic. An alright walk.

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Melissa Beaupre
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Hiking

Nice easy hike with stunning views. Wish i could have gone farther but with my injury at the time i could only manage to go so far

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Lolly Goshgolly
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This is a charming hike! The trail itself is easy and well-traveled, but there are multiple creek crossings. The first one requires navigating the stream rocks yourself- expect to get your feet dipped in a little water. The second has large, flat stepping stones, so no contact with water required. The further up the trail you go, the muddier it gets, and some spots will submerge your feet 1-2 inches in mud/marsh. There is no shade cover so sunscreen is a must. This is a shared trail with a long loop that goes up to Sgurr nan Fheadain, so don't be fooled when the pools end and the trail keeps going. The ending of the fairy pools part of the trail is poorly marked. There used to be a sign, but as of March 13, 2020 the sign itself was gone and only the post remains. myself and many hikers walked another 1.5 miles along the trail, looking for the trail end sign. This is nice for those who want more of a walk though. parking is £5, cash only.

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Rosey Whiting
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Bit challenging, but so worth it. Went in August and it was beautiful. The drive in was a bit interesting if not used to Scottish backcountry roads. Never experienced anything like it in the US.

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Nikolai Curtis
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This place is truly magical. You’re right in the middle of the Black Cuillins and it’s so peaceful if you arrive early in the morning. She. I say early, I mean 8:00 AM if possible. The numbers increase heavily by 11:00 AM. The trail isn’t heavily marked but you’ll know where it is due it’s heavy use. It goes one for quite a while. There will be some stones you have to jump across to get into the main sections. You can swim in the pools, but they’re nice and cold. I went in early June which was the perfect time to visit. Expect bugs (the dreaded midges) in July if it gets warm. Parking will cost you two pounds as a trail fee. Pay the fee. The road to get there is essentially single track in spots so take your time and enjoy the scenery.

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Vendla Stockdale
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, continue hiking if it rains as most people leave. Head to the end of the trail we were the only ones there for a while and the sun came back out. Get there early as it can get overcrowded with people.

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Ronan Turner
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Took alternative route to go around and walk down the pools to avoid crowds. Was well worth it. The mountains are an amazing back drop

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Michael McGuire
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Rosleyn Estep
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HikingNo shade

Absolutely beautiful. Some of the most wild and lovely landscape you will find in Scotland

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Nick Gallagher
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Hiking

Nice flat walk with some rocks. You can get some really great photos here. I would walk all the way to the end where the mountain splits for photos.

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Spunky Rooster
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