At the heart of the Isle Of Skye is An Cuilthionn, or The Cuillin. A range of mountains that suddenly rise up from almost nothing to snow covered peaks. Beneath the feet of Sgurr An Fheadain, a mini mountain, within the Black Cuillin, are the 'Fairy Pools'.
The Fairy Pools Of An T-Eilean Sgitheanach
Having read much about the pools, and seen images on the Internet of the blue waters, I wanted to see for myself if the colours were real or maybe the result of an over enthusiastic mouse in Photoshop.
Setting off from the road to Glen Brittle, and following the clear waters of River Brittle, I made my way along the well-worn path. Crossing little streams was straightforward (although a little slippery) as large boulders had been helpfully placed as stepping stones.
The weather during my visit was true to the islands real name An t-Eilean Sgitheanach (the Island Of Mists). Dampness hung in the air, shrouding me with a silky wet covering, as I made my way towards Sgurr An Fheadain. This mountain is easy to spot as it has a long gully from the top to the bottom. Getting closer to Sgurr An Fheadain the path rose above the Brittle. The river having carved beautiful pools in swirls and arches in the rock beneath.
The beautiful clear water was a deep blue/green - exactly like the images I had seen. No wonder they are called the Fairy Pools!
Fairies play a large part in myth and legend on Skye. Castles, glens, flags and bridges are named and featured in magical stories of the clans of yesteryear. Strangely, there is no known legend to go with the fairy pools.
There were plenty of people scrambling over the lower stones, but as I went on just a few hardy folk had braved the weather to see the upper pools - the ones most likely to have a fairy in them.
There was a Cough Behind Me
No Fairies Today
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