The Fairy Pools & Exploring Nearby

A complete overview of your visit to the Fairy Pools and surrounding areas. Discover the pools’ mesmerising beauty and explore nearby culinary and scenic spots.

Fairy Pools Guide Snapshot

The Fairy Pools have been extensively covered by travel writers from all around the globe – perhaps too extensively! However, this article aims to help you make the most of your day, not just focusing on the Fairy Pools themselves. We hope to guide you on seeing them at their best, but we also include recommendations for nearby places to visit, ensuring a full and action-packed day. Depending on the paths you take and whether you decide to take a dip, the Pools will be a 2-4 hour experience. So, you’ll want to plan activities and meals around that.

First and foremost, the Fairy Pools have to be seen to fully appreciate the unbelievable clarity and colour of these waterfalls and pools. The pools themselves carve a path through Glen Brittle, not far from the tiny village of Carbost, which is home to the famous Talisker Distillery. Just a stone’s throw away from the pools is Glenbrittle Beach, offering a different view of the Cuillin and a chance to find a quiet spot to yourself as you gaze out towards the Isle of Canna. You’ll also want to incorporate some great places to eat nearby mentioned below.

Highlights of The Fairy Pools and Nearby

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go beyond just sightseeing.

  • The Fairy Pools really are spectacular, and the colours are incredible.
  • Great for kids and pets.
  • Suitable for most abilities, although the gradual hill back to the car park can be a little tiring 
  • There are toilet facilities on site (which can be hard to find in other areas)
  • The Black Cuillin from down below are stunning, rugged and majestic on a misty day. 
  • There are great places on route to eat local food, seafood taste local whisky
  • There are two great beaches that can be included in your day.
Fairy Pools Waterfall
Fairy Pools Waterfall

When tO visit Fairy Pools & Fairy Pools Car Park

Use postcode IV47 8TA to visit the Fairy Pools.

To make the most of your visit to the Fairy Pools, plan your visit for early morning or late afternoon. By doing so, you’ll avoid the busiest times and enjoy a more relaxed experience.

Although the car park fee is £6, it provides you with clean toilets and cold water taps for pets and flask refills. Arriving early also increases your chances of finding a parking spot more easily, giving you more time to take in the serene atmosphere. If you’re visiting during the winter or off-peak times, you will find the Fairy Pools with fewer visitors, adding to the tranquility of your experience.

Fairy Pools Water
Stunning Clear Water

What To Bring With You To The Fairy Pools

For a comfortable visit, ensure you wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for changing weather. Waterproof shoes or boots are especially important after rain, as the path can become muddy and slippery in places.

Swimming In the Isle of Skye Fairy Pools

Some visitors even brave the cold waters for a refreshing swim – an experience that can be described as “fresh” but invigorating! Whether you choose to take a dip or simply admire the beauty from the edge, make sure you have clothes that keep you dry. Take a towel too. The water will call you… and then it will freeze you. Take something to dry off. 

There are countless places along the river suitable for swimming. Carry on further up the river to find a spot to yourself. 

The Atmosphere at the Fairy pools

Despite occasional rain and mist, the Fairy Pools remain an appealing destination. The weather can even enhance the atmosphere, making your visit more memorable. The combination of misty mountains, cascading waterfalls, and serene pools creates a unique ambience that is both calming and inspiring. Don’t let a little rain put you off – the Fairy Pools are a spectacle in any weather.

Nearby The Fairy Pools



Photo From Cafe Cuil

Planning Lunch Nearby The Fairy Pools

Cafe Cuil

Cafe Cùil, nestled in the idyllic setting of Carbost on the Isle of Skye, offers a refreshing take on brunch and lunch using locally sourced, sustainable produce combined with traditional ingredients. Established by award-winning chef Clare Coghill, this cafe boasts a tasteful and practical design with immaculate facilities. It’s a welcoming space for both you and your four-legged friends, making it an ideal spot to enjoy a meal before tackling The Quiraing or exploring the Isle of Skye.

Visitors rave about the cafe’s modern decor, friendly efficient staff, and fabulous menu that emphasizes local produce. The savories and desserts are equally delightful, with the ginger and pear cheesecake earning a special mention.

Lunch Fairy Pools Guide
Fresh Oysters

The Oyster Shed

The Oyster Shed is a simple shop with takeaway and outdoor seating is a must-visit destination for seafood lovers. Although it is not a restaurant, visitors can enjoy fresh oysters harvested daily, along with other Skye seafood like langoustines, snow crab, and lobster.

The Oyster Shed has a rustic charm with its basic shed and outdoor eating area, making it a perfect spot for a casual lunch with a view. We love the delicious seafood, reasonable prices, and fun atmosphere of dining on old whisky barrels overlooking the loch. The freshness and quality of the seafood are unparalleled, with some claiming the oysters are the best they’ve ever eaten.

With its convenient location near the Fairy Pools, the Oyster Shed is an ideal stop for a memorable seafood meal during your visit to Skye. Be prepared to navigate the limited parking and remember to bring midge repellent during peak season. As you savour the tasty seafood and enjoy the stunning surroundings, the Oyster Shed promises a truly unforgettable experience.

**Note there are no toilets here at Oyster Shed**

The Old Inn Carbost is the perfect post Fairy Pools dinner destination

Planning Dinner restaurants neabry The Fairy Pools

The Old Inn

The Old Inn in Carbost is a delightful waterfront pub that offers not only a fantastic atmosphere but also delicious food to satisfy your hunger after a day of exploring. Known for its live music on Thursdays and a selection of local beers, this charming pub is a favorite among both locals and tourists.

Sunday lunch features generous portions and excellent value. You can choose from one, two, or three-course meals that include options like lentil soup, roast pork, beef with all the trimmings, and delectable desserts such as apple crumble and custard. The venison casserole with horseradish-flavoured dumplings are great.

The Old Inn’s location offers stunning views of the loch, making it a perfect spot to unwind after a morning walk at the nearby Fairy Pools. The welcoming staff make this pub a safe and enjoyable choice for a memorable meal.

Described as the best pub in the world by some, The Old Inn delivers an authentic Scottish experience that stands out. The combination of homemade food, friendly service, and lively atmosphere make it an outstanding choice for those seeking a true taste of the Isle of Skye.


Whisky tour near fairy pools
Talisker Distillery should be planned around the Fairy Pools

Talisker Distillery is Nearby the Fairy Pools

Join a 1-hour immersive tour of Talisker Distillery, where you’ll explore the distillery’s past and learn how the Isle of Skye’s unique character influences the taste of their renowned whiskies. Led by passionate guides you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions as you journey through the production process. The tasting experience is fantastic, with the differences between the different whiskies carefully explained.

Visitors of all experience levels, from novices to experts, will find the Talisker Distillery tour enjoyable and informative. The tour concludes with tastings of three award-winning Talisker single malts.

Please note that, due to health and safety concerns, children under the age of 8 are not allowed on the tour. Children aged 8 and above are welcome to join with a valid ticket. Don’t miss out on this memorable and delightful experience that will have you reminiscing with each sip of Talisker’s whisky long after your visit.

Talisker Beach
Talisker Bay

There's Great Beaches Nearby The Fairy Pools

Talikser Bay

Talisker Bay is a beautiful and secluded beach located a short drive from the Fairy Pools. The beach is about a mile away from its parking area and is accessible by foot only. The walk to the beach is easy and relatively flat, with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. You’ll see a mix of lush greenery, rocky cliffs, and the occasional sheep grazing in the fields.

Once you arrive at the beach, you’ll be greeted by a picturesque cove with soft black and white sand, surrounded by towering cliffs on both sides. The clear water is perfect for swimming or paddle boarding, and you can also explore the shoreline and nearby rocks. The waterfall at the far end of the beach adds an extra touch of magic to the place.

The beach is rarely crowded, and there’s plenty of space to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to read a book, a romantic getaway, or a family-friendly adventure, Talisker Bay is a favourite. 

Glenbrittle beach
Volcanic Sands at Glenbrittle Beach

Glenbrittle Beach

Glenbrittle Beach is a stunning location situated on the west coast of the Isle of Skye, and it’s just a short drive away from the Fairy Pools. The drive down Glen Brittle is an experience in itself, as you’ll pass through a true mountain heartland with views of the mighty Black Cuillin. The scenery is awe-inspiring, with the towering peaks covered in scree looming to your left, and emerald fields behind the marram grass.

When you arrive at Glenbrittle Beach, you’ll find a pebbly and volcanic dark sand beach make this location simply wonderful. The sound of the surf crashing on the shore, the islands shimmering on the horizon, and the Black Cuillin towering over everything make it a breathtaking sight.

The Glenbrittle Campsite & Cafe is also located right on the beach, which is convenient for a quick coffee or snack. The campsite is beautiful, with private secluded pitches and grass allowed to grow tall between them, providing a peaceful atmosphere. The toilet and shower facilities are a bit dated, but perfectly fine. Just be aware that the campsite closes early, so make sure to plan accordingly.

There are great walking opportunities in the area, and you can even have a fire on the beach if you bring some firewood and marshmallows. It’s recommended to take plenty of food and drink with you, as there aren’t many options nearby.

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