Fairy Pools hike

Isle of Skye – Scotland

At the foot of the Cullin mountain range extends the river brittle, forming the famous “Fairy Pools” on its way along the valley. Several of those pools are big enough for you to go for a dip. So long as the temperature of the water is not a barrier for you though.

The mountains of the Culling range are one of the main attractions on the Isle of Skye, due to its multiple routes and beauty. Apart from the Pinnacle Peak, they are all reachable on foot.

The walk that we chose is an easy one, and the gradient along the same is virtually non-existent. Beside a waterproof boots if weather is not dry, no other special equipment is required to traverse the 8 kilometres walk.

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Being a circular route you can start it in any direction; towards the left or towards the right. Regardless of your choice, you will have to cross a stream both at the beginning and at the end of the hike.

We cross the road from the car park and continue along a path clearly marked. After a few meters, the path forks to the left and to the right.

If you continue to the right you have to cross a slightly wider stream. Depending on the season, It might carry more or less water, adding like thrill when crossing it. Once you pass the stream, the path is well marked all along the natural pools to the foot of the mountain. Eventually, you will come to a cairn, lying right in front of the Sgurr and Fheadain peaks. The cairn marks the point where you have to turn to the left. This path runs on the foot of the mountains, being boggy in parts. Higher up and parallel to this track the ground seams to be in better conditions, with less mud and boggy sections.

This part of the route overlooks the valley, offering stunning views. The final part of the journey takes us back to the parking lot through a path very well marked and in good condition.

If you begin the walk taking the path on the left, you will first cross the narrower stream, leaving the wider one for the end of the walk together with the fairy pools.


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.


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.


Park in the Forestry Commision gravel carpark signposted ‘Glumagan Na Sithichean’, below in smaller writing it does also say Fairy Pools.
It is located along the single track road that leads to Glenbrittle from Carbost. The carpark is 10 minute drive from Carbost. If travelling from Portree will take about 30 minutes to drive.

How to get to Skye

The isle of Skye is accessible by the Road via the Skye bridge or with the ferry from Mallaig.

Edimbourg to Portree is about 4 hours and 30 minutes drive.

Have you been overlanding Scotland? How was your road trip?

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