Saturday, 3 May 2014

A week in Skye - The Fairy Pools

Sadly, today is our last day in Skye.  We could stay for another, but since it's gonna do nowt but rain on the whole of Scotland and the North of England tomorrow, there doesn't seem to be any point.

No matter, we've got one more day, and we've decided to sort of potter about the island, and see what there is to see.

Well.  First we went to have a looksee what a Broch is by stopping in a small carpark nearby and taking a short walk up to Dun Beag Broch.  The notice board described it as a fortified roundhouse, probably built 2-300 yrs BC.  We thought it was impressive.
Alright, it just looks like a pile of rocks, but this pile of rocks was put together very neatly around 2300 yrs ago.
Steps, tunnel and little 'rooms' still remain.  Awesome. 
If we'd have known at the time, we might have walked another half mile to see Dun Mor, the remains of a larger fort.

A drive by of Dunvegan Castle proved it was not somewhere for us.  It looks stunning outside on the water, and trips to see seal and bird colonies might be interesting, but we decided we didn't want to go in the castle itself or visit the gardens.

We made a pit stop to see the Kilt Rock Waterfall.
Kilt rock was formed by slowly cooling lava.  It's said to resemble a kilt, the pillars looking like pleats.
Kilt Rock Waterfall
But the highlight of the day was the Fairy Pools.  On the road between Glen Brittle and Merkadale, near enough half way, there's a car park at the start of the path, which is marked 'Fairy Pools'.  From there you follow the right hand fork of the path until you reach the series of stunning little waterfalls and plunge pools. They really were gorgeous.  And we had such good weather to enjoy them too.

Just brilliant.  Definitely worth the visit.

And that's it. That's the end of our holiday.  But it has been brilliant. The rain stayed away, and we've really, really enjoyed our visit and the fantastic views and sights.

I think we'll be back in a few years time, Peter has his eye on Sgurr Alisdair.................

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