Go wild swimming on Skye

The mountain streams of offer fantastic opportunities to go wild swimming on Skye.  The temperature of the water might be daunting but the scenery ensures an unforgettable experience.

Fairy Pools aren’t the only swimmable pools on Skye

The world famous Fairy Pools near Glan Brittle have attracted a lot of visitors since they were used to shoot a scene from the film Macbeth in 2015.  They have been in the news more recently because of problems with over crowding and lack of parking. But in here in the south we have some awesome pools where you can go wild swimming on Skye – they just haven’t been in a major motion picture – yet!

Marble Pools at Torrin

This stream provides an ideal place to go wild swimming on Skye.  It runs over outcrops of Skye marble which is quarried nearby. The deep pools are not far from the Elgol-Broadford road so are easily accessible with plenty or parking on the shores of Loch Slapin.

Pools at Torrin

Marble Pools in spate – Torrin Isle of Skye

Alt Aigeinn

This stream runs from near the head of Loch Slapin and has numerous deep pools.  Several of these are within a half mile or so the road.  Look out for the legendary water horse of Loch na Sguabaidh.  It is said that it has a liking for chasing attractive girls and to be chased by the beast is considered to be good for a girl’s reputation!

Crystal clear deep water pool - ideal for a swim

Deep pool on Alt Aigeinn feeding into Loch Slapin near Torrin Isle of Skye

For other wild swimming locations and recommendations try here.

There’s always the sea….

What? No wet suit? The inviting shallow waters of Camusunary Bay

Warm up afterwards

After wild swimming you’ll want a snug house to come back to and somewhere to dry your cozzy.  Springbank Cottage is nearby in Elgol and is a great base to explore from.  If you want more than just a €œstandard holiday cottage, then take a closer look.  We hope you will be surprised by how much is on offer during a stay at Springbank Cottage.

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