Fairy Pools

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In a wild mountainous landscape, a small waterfall leads into a pool with a striking cyan colour
The highest of the fairy pools

Coordinates: 57°15′00″N 6°15′23″W / 57.25°N 6.2565°W / 57.25; -6.2565 The Fairy Pools (Scottish Gaelic: Glumagan nan Sithichean) are a natural waterfall phenomenon in Glen Brittle, on the Allt Coir' a' Mhadaidh on the Isle of Skye. The vivid blues and greens of the pools suggest an unnatural origin.[1] They are a popular place for wild swimmers.[2]

The habitat of the Fairy Pools hosts a variety of animals, such as red deer, rabbits, and sheep. The area is also host to a large number of birds. Large flocks of crows, ravens, and gulls are present in the area, as well as such smaller birds as meadow pipits, turnstones, common ringed plovers, grey herons, dunlins, and curlews. The physical landscape is predominately rocky, with some boggy areas here and there. The water in the area is typically cold.[3]

The Fairy Pools are a popular location for walkers.[4] It is about a 20 minute walk to the Fairy Pools from the Glen Brittle car park.

Internet hoax[edit]

In 2013 an internet hoax circulated suggesting the Fairy Pools had sprouted vivid purple flora. The images circulated were actually of the Shotover River in New Zealand.[5]