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Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland – Extreme Thing For Outdoor Holiday Adventure


Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly large island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The island’s peninsulas radiate from a mountainous centre dominated by the Cuillins, the rocky slopes of which provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the country.Although it has been suggested that the Gaelic Sgitheanach describes a winged shape there is no definitive agreement as to the name’s origins.

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The main industries are tourism, agriculture, fishing and whisky-distilling. Skye is part of the Highland Council local government area. The island’s largest settlement is Portree, known for its picturesque harbour. There are links to various nearby islands by ferry and, since 1995, to the mainland by a road bridge. The climate is mild, wet and windy. The abundant wildlife includes the golden eagle, red deer and Atlantic salmon. The local flora is dominated by heather moor, and there are nationally important invertebrate populations on the surrounding sea bed. Skye has provided the locations for various novels and feature films and is celebrated in poetry and song.

[caption id="attachment_16053" align="aligncenter" width="880"]The Fairy Pools, a series of crystal clear pools created by the Allt Coir' a' Mhadaidh river as it cascades down from the Cullin Hills, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK. March. The Fairy Pools, a series of crystal clear pools created by the Allt Coir’ a’ Mhadaidh river as it cascades down from the Cullin Hills, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK. March.[/caption]
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At foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle are the Fairy Pools, beautifully crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle. These famous pools entice visitors from all over the world, as they make some great ‘Wild Swimming’ for those brave enough to enter the cold water. For the less adventurous these magical Fairy Pools make some fantastic photos.

The walk to the pools uses the same route there and back. The complete return distance to the first main waterfall and pool is 2.4km, with the average time to complete the walk being 40 minutes (with no stops). Most people will spend some time working their way up the river from the first waterfall exploring the different pools.

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