Scenic walks on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Scotland has been long known for its fairy tales and legends of times gone by, however some of the myths live on, in its glorious landscapes.

The Isle of Skye situated on the North West coast, one of the inner Hebridean Islands is home to some spectacular scenery.  Skye was once voted the fourth best island in the world by National Geographic.  At only a few hours drive from Edinburgh it is well worth a visit.

Scenic Walks on the Isle of Skye: Looking out towards the Isle of Skye bridge. ©MDHarding
Looking out towards the Isle of Skye bridge. ©MDHarding

Scenic Walks on the Isle of Skye

The best way to enjoy and see the of best that Skye has to offer, is to take in some of the scenic walks on the Isle of Skye. Two of my favourite Isle of Skye hiking trails are the Fairy Pools and Fairy Glen.

After having visited them both many years ago it was lovely to return and see the glorious wonders of them both again.

The Fairy Pools

The Fairy Pools are located North of Glenbrittle surrounded by the dramatic landscape of the Cuillin Hills.  The best way to reach the Fairy Pools is by car, or there are bus tours available from Portree. At this time of year everything can fill quickly. Please book ahead.

Follow the signs for Talisker Distillery, then it’s the first left up the hill.  If you reach the distillery you have gone to far.  The sign is a small wooden arrow painted blue.  The road is single track with bypassing spaces. Please drive carefully.

After what you might think a lengthy drive, the main car park will be in sight on the right hand side.  (The car park can get full quickly!  I would recommend arriving early.)  There is a snack van onsite serving hot dogs and burgers as well as soft drinks and bottled water.  Please be aware no toilets are available.

Scenic Walks on the Isle of Skye: Can you spot any fairies? ©MDHarding
Can you spot any fairies? ©MDHarding

The walk starts at the other side of the road opposite the car park.  Follow the crystal clear stream past the waterfalls and on to the pools. The vastness of the area grips you and the awe-inspiring mountains that climb forever into the heavens.

Scenic Walks on the Isle of Skye: See the colours of the magical Fairy Pools. ©MDHarding
See the colours of the magical Fairy Pools. ©MDHarding

The area is so tranquil with soothing sounds of running water. The pools are a vibrant turquoise colour with mesmerising properties something out of a fairy-tale.   It’s well worth the 40 minute hike to see this natural wonder.   Please be aware the area can get quite boggy and muddy.  I would recommend sturdy walking footwear that’s non slip for negotiating the array of stepping stones.

Fairy Glen

Fairy Glen isn’t the easiest to find with no signposts, but with a little local knowledge we were well on our way.  Drive towards Uig on the A87 Just before the Uig Hotel there is a road on the right, take it all the way up into the magical Fairy Glen.

Scenic Walks on the Isle of Skye: Trek up the Castle for great views! ©MDHarding
Trek up the Castle for great views! ©MDHarding

The area is surrounded by grass mounds and the remnants of the castle still standing tall.  Walk up the side slopes to the castle or the surrounding areas to enjoy spectacular countryside views.

Scenic Walks on the Isle of Skye: Look out for the wishing circles. ©MDHarding
Look out for the wishing circles. ©MDHarding

With there being limited parking bays at the top, you might like to take a longer walk around the area. I would suggest the parking area opposite the Uig Hotel.  It’s a great place to start and with an appetite at the end the Uig Hotel offers a fantastic menu!

If your visiting the Isle of Skye for the first time the best way to see the island is by car hire or if you are looking for a little more flexibility try a motorhome rental.  There are some great campsites available such as Torvaig Campsite just outside Portree.  More information coming up in my next blog.  Watch this space!

As always we would love to hear your travel highlights.  Have you tried the hiking trails and scenic walks on the Isle of Skye?  Did you see any fairies?  Please share your comments below.  Happy Travels x

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