In the shadow of Skye’s Black Cuillin lie a spectacular series of pools and waterfalls with crystal clear waters. This is a perfect wild swimming spot, just a 15 minute walk from the winding road in Glen Brittle.
The stream, the Allt Coir a’Mhadaidh, cascades down the hillside, with the dark and brooding mountains towering overhead. Just as the first series of pools level off there’s a pool with a stone arch that you can swim underneath. Beware though, the waters here are cold and and the wind often funnels up the glen from the sea.
Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it ? Well it is if you manage to go at a quiet time. However, when we visited on a sunny Sunday afternoon in July we had to wait for a space in the sizeable car park and a tour bus was also parked in a layby a short distance away. It was busier than Sauchiehall Street the week before Christmas !
It seems that the Fairy Pools are now in everyone’s guidebooks – most visitors were French, Italian and Dutch – which rather detracts from the idea of ‘wild’ swimming.
Apart from us we only saw two girls who had been for a dip though; everyone else was simply taking a stroll. Rather than swim with an audience of onlookers we headed up to one of the furthest pools and enjoyed an invigorating swim.
Of course, I’m talking about the Royal ‘we’ here … cold water isn’t something I take any enjoyment in so I became ‘official photographer’ to record the event.
And I am reliably informed that it was a huge hit, and so INVIGORATING that it’s worth emphasising this in capital letters !