Enjoy this splendid sight at your leisure.
When we arrive at the Fairy Pools you will be so glad that you chose to tour with WOW; we are the only day tour from Kyleakin / Kyle of Lochalsh to visit this series of beautiful rock pools and waterfalls.
Famed for their crystal clear blue waters and dramatic Cuillin mountain backdrop, the pools make for a stunning short hike. We will spend around 75 – 90 minutes here, giving you plenty of time to take a stroll, take in the scenery and, of course, take lots of photos.
The picturesque walk to the first pool takes around 20 minutes (distance is 0.7 miles) and the most impressive waterfall is 5 minutes further on (0.9 miles total). Most of our guests spend their time ambling around this area, admiring the crystal clear waters of the pools and their tumbling waterfalls.
For those keen to explore you can venture further to the other pools upstream. After walking another 15 – 20 minutes (0.6 miles) you will pretty much have the path, and the views, to yourself.
It is worth noting that the walk to the Fairy Pools and back is a total of around 1.5 miles and will take around 40 minutes, so you do require a moderate level of fitness for it. Also, as you need to cross stepping stones over a couple of streams you need to be stable on your feet, and ensure that you wear sensible hiking boots/shoes. This is not a tourist attraction, it’s nature at its most beautiful, so don’t expect pavements or bridges (and beware that wet feet can make for an uncomfortable journey home)!
For those who do not feel fit enough to embark on this hike at the Fairy Pools you are still more than welcome to come on the tour. Speak to your guide and he will be happy to take you on a 5 minute drive to our little-known secret fairy pools instead – they are equally as special and are more easily accessible, with no walking required.
Please note that, very occasionally, it may not be possible to visit the Fairy Pools due to bad weather and/or excessively high water levels in the streams we require to cross. If this happens we will visit the secret pools mentioned above instead.