GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Fairy Pools Skye Walk

5 miles (8 km)

This delightful walk visits a bubbling stream with a series of lovely pools and waterfalls.
It's an exceptionally beautiful area and one of the highlights on the Isle of Skye. This circular walk takes you through the popular beauty spot with the option of continuing with a climb to Bealach a Mhaim. On the route look out for the wonderful underwater arch and the views of the surrounding mountains.
The walk starts from the Fairy Pools car park in Glen Brittle and heads east along the stream through Coire na Creiche. You then climb to Bealach a Mhaim, before descending back to the car park.
The full route includes quite a challenging climb with the high point around Bealach a Mhaim standing at almost 1300ft. You will be rewarded with fantastic views over Glen Brittle and the Glen Brittle Forest below.
The area is also great for wildlife spotting. Look out for red deer, rabbits and a variety of birds. These include meadow pipits, turnstones, common ringed plovers, grey herons, dunlins, and curlews.
Please note the car park is quite small (you can see it on the google street view link below). It's a popular place so it's a good idea to get there early to get a spot! It's also advisable to bring good walking shoes as there are stepping stones and boggy areas to cross.
If you enjoy this walk you could head to the Fairy Glen near Uig. There's more pretty waterfalls and interesting rock formations to see here.


IV47 8TA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Fairy Pools Skye OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Fairy Pools Skye Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


If you head south you could visit the nearby Glen Brittle Waterfalls where there's more wonderful scenery to enjoy. Near here there's the Glen Brittle Campsite & Cafe where you can enjoy a delicious snack near the beach at Loch Brittle. You can find the cafe at Carbost, IV47 8TA.

Dog Walking

People often bring their dog for a walk along the trail. They will enjoy a splash and a paddle in the pools.
The Glen Brittle cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly. They will enjoy a run along the beach here too.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For a challenging climb on the island head to the Quiraing, the northernmost summit of the Trotternish. The hike is a favourite for many with some spectacular views to enjoy. The Old Man of Storr is another good option with some wonderful rock formations and views to enjoy.
To the south there's a splendid circular hike around the beautiful Loch Coruisk in the Cullin range.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Isle of Skye Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


The Fairy Pools, Skye. Underwater Arch. - Flickr - gailhampshire

The Fairy Pools, Skye. Underwater Arch.

Fairy Pools, Skye, Scotland 12 (Highest pool)

Highest pool

Fairy Pools, Skye, Scotland 18 (long view)

Facing across the moor towards Allt Coir' a' Mhadaith and the pools.

Fairy Pools, Skye, Scotland 14 (highest pool)

Facing upstream. The highest of the pools, framed to include the mounting (Sgùrr na Banachdaich?) in the background

Waterfall in Coire na Creiche - - 2948771

Waterfall in Coire na Creiche

Allt Coir' a' Mhadaidh - - 878759

Allt Coir' a' Mhadaidh. Looking downstreamfrom Coire na Creiche. In the distance is Beinn a'Bhraghad.

Waterfall in Allt an Fhamhair - - 3709285

Waterfall in Allt an Fhamhair

Ath Allt an Fhamhair - - 3944528

Ath Allt an Fhamhair. A group of walkers crossing the rocks and stream.


GPS Files

GPX File

Fairy Pools Skye.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Fairy Pools Skye.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)