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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

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Hard, Medium and Easy Walks on Skye

We’d read about the top ten walks on Skye and were keen to do at least one of them! We ended up doing three.

The Quiraing - Hard...

The Quiraing 7km walk was number one so why not we thought! We’re not stupid, we read up about it first. Apparently, it has a “good, sign-posted path northwards from the car park. It will take you on a fairly level walk along the hillside. There are good views to be had the whole way. There is a slightly awkward crossing of a burn, made worse if it happens to be frozen. Other than that it is entirely straightforward.” I think we must have stopped reading at that point.

According to our source, the only (safe) way out is back down to the cairn by the Prison. Once there you can return directly to the start point, or go left and follow the path further along the foot of the cliffs. We followed what we thought was a path away from The Table and towards the direction of the car park. It got narrower and narrower and soon we were walking on the edge of the mountain. We were also heading around it so you couldn’t see what was in front of you at all. The path appeared to head into nothingness.

Hard, Medium and Easy Walks on Skye - Hard - The Quiraing
Hard, Medium and Easy Walks on Skye - Hard - The Quiraing

By this time we could see the car park, far below, in the distance. But we could see it. A decision needed to be taken. My companion's vertigo was kicking in and we’d already been walking for 3 hours. So we split up! My companion returning the way we’d come. He knew what he faced. I continued going forward on the grounds that I could see the car park. Plus I knew what was involved by going back! I made it back by doing some of the route on my butt and he made it back by an hour later. So, all was well in the end.

Next time someone suggests we do a “classic hill walk” (thanks Mr Tourist Information), I think we’ll ignore them and go for a coffee instead.

Fairy Pools - Medium...

Not content with the Quiraing walk, we decided to embark on another. The Fairy Pools was also in the list of 10 ten walks in Skye. This one was billed as short in length with a difficulty rating of medium! So we figured having done hard previously, medium would be a piece of cake. 

And it mostly was - until the end. 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. Then, a helpful man behind asked how cold it was. Which surprisingly, it wasn’t particularly!

Hard, Medium and Easy Walks on Skye - Medium - Fairy Pools
Hard, Medium and Easy Walks on Skye - Medium - Fairy Pools

My walking partner wasn’t quick enough with the camera to take a picture but I was soaked all down one side. Fortunately the weather was beautiful and we weren’t that far from the car What an adventure!

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

Treasure Trails - Easy...

After all that excitement, we decided Treasure Trails are more our thing and had the best time exploring Portree!

27th March 2018

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