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Fairy Pools in Skye

In the list of top 10 walks in Skye is a Fairy Pools one which we did the last time we were in Scotland. Billed as short in length with a difficulty rating of medium! Medium would be a piece of cake - or so we we thought...

Wild Swimming

And it mostly was until the end. When crossing the raging river, well, slow trickling stream really, I stepped on a wet stone, missed my footing and slid gracefully into the water. There was a lady behind me who asked if she could help me up. I handed her my camera which I was keeping above the water.  A man behind me asked how cold it was – which surprisingly it wasn’t particularly! No one was quick enough with the camera to take a picture but I was soaked all down one side. Fortunately the weather was beautiful and I was fine. But it was still an adventure worth reporting!

Fairy Pools in Skye - wild swimming
Fairy Pools in Skye - fairy pool splashes

Fairy Pools

The Fairy Pools we’d gone to see are a series of waterfalls and emerald pools which are fairly undramatic but pleasant enough to walk alongside for almost an hour each way. What is dramatic though, is the Black Cuillins mountains that we were walking towards. These are where the River Brittle originates. Stunning views!

If you fancy doing the walk yourself, there are instructions on the Isle of Skye website.

Food and Drink

After drying out, we headed for the Oyster Shed in Carbost and then, further down the hill, to the Tallisker Distillery. Both were on our things to do list following our walk to the Fairy Pools.

From the Oyster Shed, we bought fish soup for lunch and a seafood platter to take back to our AirBnB for dinner. After lunch, we relaxed then embarked on the distillery tour. The tour was quite interesting and we got to taste some whisky at the end. I found it a bit too peaty to invest £30 in a bottle though.

Fairy Pools in Skye - Talisker Distillery
Fairy Pools in Skye - Black Cuillins

The seafood platter was delicious but not enough for our healthy appetites so we used it as a starter, followed by bacon, black pudding and haggis! A good Scottish supper, with stunning views of the nearby Black Cuillins.

So there you are - a couple of things to do in Skye along with the local Treasure Trail that we did when we were there too! 

14th January 2019

Posted In: Scotland, Things to do


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Things to See and Do in Staithes

There are loads of things to see and do in the small historic fishing village of Staithes on the North York Moors coast. It is well worth a visit! Reasonably able-bodied young and old explorers will find plenty to do and see. We chose three fun things to do whilst we were there...


The village nestles in a bay between two cliffs, (called "nabs" in that part of the world.) You can easily walk up the cliffs along the Cleveland Way in either direction. We walked up to Old Nab and along the Cleveland Way past Port Mulgrave to Runswick Bay. It is 4.8 miles of glorious views and on arrival in Runswick Bay we were rewarded with a pint of local brew! Needless to say we got the bus back!

You can walk to Boulby Cliff which is also about five miles heading north along the Cleveland Way. It stands at 666 feet and when you get there you will be higher than anyone else on the east coast of England. We plan to do that next time we go.

Things to See and Do in Staithes - Walking
Things to See and Do in Staithes - Photography


The views are fantastic from all over Staithes and you just have to photograph them. The light in early evening was fantastic. Everywhere you look there are insta worthy pictures to take! Staithes boasts a great art gallery, so we were able to enjoy other people’s photographs and paintings of the village as well as our own. 

There is also an illusion trail around the village created by local artist Paul Czainski and we couldn’t help but take a photo of each one we found! With our favourite being the one we saw before we knew there was an illusion trail!

Things to See and Do in Staithes - Illusion Trail
Things to See and Do in Staithes - Fossil Hunting

Fossil Hunting

All along the coast there are fossil hunting opportunities and we were lucky that the tides were out during the day whilst we were there. I don’t have the patience to look for very long! My husband does though and found some interesting rocks and pebbles. I was happy to sit in the sunshine and gaze into the water which was wonderfully clear and trash free.

Staithes does have a Treasure Trail which we thoroughly enjoyed and we saw parts of the village we would not have seen if we hadn’t been following the Trail. Do let us know if you've been to Staithes. 

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11th December 2018

Posted In: Things to do, Yorkshire


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