I badly wanted to go to the Isle of Skye in Scotland as soon as I saw a picture of the famous ‘fairy pools’ a few years ago. So much so that I put it on my vision board. I’d looked into visiting the Isle of Skye many times but was never able to find a hostel bed or decently priced transport.
WELL, this weekend I finally got the chance to go and it didn’t disappoint. It was just as incredible as I’d always imagined. Thank you so much to my boyfriend Chachi for making it happen. What a hero.
We took the four hour drive up to the island late on a Friday afternoon and the whole journey there was incredible. The entire route is like a make-believe land from a fairy tale and I lost count of how many times I said “I can’t believe this is real”. We arrived at the Royal Hotel in Portree in the evening and quickly dropped our bags down. We immediately headed out to get some food at a nearby cafe but I can’t actually remember the name of it. Later, we walked around the harbour just as sun was setting and it was SO beautiful.
Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye
The next morning we headed off to the fairy pools! We stopped a few times along the way because everything seriously is that beautiful. But my favourite of all of our stops was Sligachan Bridge:
We then reached the Fairy Pools and they did not disappoint…
As beautiful as the fairy pools were, I wish I’d had more time to prepare for that specific day. Here are some tips that I hope will help if you’re planning a trip there:
Be prepared to get stuck in traffic
A large majority of the road there is only wide enough for one car. When we were there, 10 cars had to back up from one side so others from the opposite side could pass. Madness.
Take plenty of bug spray
We were eaten alive by midges. Maybe it was just the time of year we went (August) but there were millions of them. Make sure your pack your bug repellent because we didn’t and we paid the price.
There are no public toilets there
At least, not to my knowledge. Luckily I had packed wipes in my bag so I took a little detour for a forest pee.
Pack swim stuff and a towel
I soo wish I’d had a towel with me because I saw lots of other people swimming in the fairy pools and it looked like so much fun.
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Have you ever visited the Isle of Skye or do you plan to in the future? Let me know in the comments!