The Fairy Pools

A short trip to the Isle of Skye

The Fairy Pools

When my parents were visiting in May, we planned a rather spontaneous four-day trip to the Highlands. One of those days was spent visiting Isle of Skye, or rather, vising the Fairy Pools on Isle of Skye. I have a massive list of places I want to visit in Scotland, and I’m very happy to say that thanks to this latest trip the Fairy Pools have now been checked off that list!

Although the Fairy Pools are definitely quite touristy (more so than I expected), it was still a very enjoyable walk with some very pretty (small) waterfalls and pools. I’d love to go back some day, during a time of day when it isn’t so crowded, but for now my curiosity has been satisfied!

In this post I’ll highlight my two favourite shots and explain why I like them so much. I’ve also added a gallery at the end so you can flip through some other photos I’ve taken.

The movement of the water

As the subheading suggests, I really like this picture because it shows the swirls and movement of the water moving through the rocks. 

The photo shows a glimpse of the waterfall in the background. I first was more interesting in taking a photo with the waterfall as the main subject, but soon became more interested with the movement of the water itself. 

I played around a bit with the shutter speed, and had to tweak the settings a few times because it was such a bright and sunny day. I’m really happy with how this picture turned out.

Jumping off the rocks to take a swim

Some pools that are really good for swimming. However, despite the sun that day, the water was crazy cold and there is no way you would have gotten me into the water. Regardless, a few people were brave enough to jump from the rocks into the water (some wearing a wetsuit, and some not…). Maybe I’ll go back in the summer one day and take a swim myself, because it did look like good fun!

My favourite pool

I think by now you can tell that I like to frame my photos with flowers or leaves. This is without a doubt why this photo ended up being another firm favourite.

This was one of the smaller pools (and definitely one of the smallest waterfalls found on the walk), but also one of my favourite. I love the blue colour and the clarity of the pool, showing the rocks underneath the water surface.

And that’s it for today! I didn’t take as many photo’s as I would’ve liked to take, but that’s only natural as I was trying to enjoy the time with my family as much as I possibly could. Instead of solely taking pictures of the nature, I also took some pictures of my family (as evidenced by the picture of my sister in the photo gallery).

Although the Fairy Pools were definitely touristy (and not as quiet and relaxing I’d hoped it to be), I would still absolutely say it’s worth the trip. However, for the early birds amongst you, I would recommend getting up a bit early to avoid the crowd.

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