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Published: June 23rd 2015
Hiking to the fairy pools
We made it to the Isle of Skye last night - lots of driving to get here! We had absolutely no plans today, and decided to drive, explore and relax. Although this goes against my need to plan all details, it was awesome! There are only a few roads on Skye, so we weren't worried about searching for directions or getting lost. We started by driving west, and headed toward Dunvegan Castle. We decided to visit the Castle - but, even better - we decided to go on a seal boat ride at the Castle! Fortunately, it wasn't raining and we were able to see tons of adorable seals. Quite possibly one of the best highlights of our trip so far. Unfortunately, we also discovered the Scottish midge (aka, gnats that can bite).
The one thing I really wanted to do while we were on Skye was visit the fairy pools. The fairy pools are crystal clear blue pools that form on the River Brittle. It's about a 20 minute easy-ish hike to get there. Easy-ish because there were some hills and we did have to cross a few rivers by hopping across stones. The pools were amazing, although the
The boat we went on for our seal boat ride
water was really cold.
We got turned around leaving the fairy pools, so had an adventure through a campground - I did see sheep on a beach, which may be one of the most hilarious things I've seen in a while. Once we got straightened out, we briefly stopped in at the Talisker distillery (aka, the only distillery on Skye) before heading to Portree. Portree is the largest city on Skye, and has a beautiful harbor as well as some cute shops.
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