Camping in fairyland

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Fancy escaping to a magical land where the road ends at an isolated bay and mountains soar beyond? Then pack up your tent and head to Glenbrittle campsite on the Isle of Skye. Follow the narrow road that licks its way down the Glenbrittle Valley, past the Fairy Pools (yes that’s their real name and you’ll see why later), then just when you think you can go no further, look out for the handpainted sign directing you through the farmyard to continue along the gravel track and emerge at this campsite of legends.

View of Glenbrittle Campsite, Isle of Skye, Scotland. Photo: Rachel Ricks View of Glenbrittle Campsite behind the beach. Photo: Rachel Ricks

 

  Glenbrittle is the campers’ champion of campsites in a location that couldn’t get more idyllic. Camping facilities are nothing fancy – a simple toilet block and well-stocked shop serve any necessities. But the real luxury here is the views. Oh the views!

View of Glenbrittle Campsite, Isle of Skye, Scotland. Photo: Rachel Ricks Admiring the tent. Photo: Rachel Ricks

 

  Whichever way you pitch your tent among the wind-tickled grasses, you will have a sweeping panorama of the glimmering sea, the undulating valley or the spectacular Cuillin range. Yes, wake up at Glenbrittle campsite and you can set off bushy-tailed straight from your tent to tackle the jagged ridges that define the Skye eyeline.

Glenbrittle campsite, Isle of Skye, Scotland View from the tent. Photo: Rachel Ricks

 

  Or head back up the valley to those Fairy Pools for a dip in phenomenal turquoise blue waters that have carved gullies, channels and basins out of the rock, and beat any of the world’s top spas. If you’re looking to nurture and rejuvenate a city-battered soul, Glenbrittle is your place.

Evening over Loch Brittle. Photo: Rachel Ricks Evening over Loch Brittle, the campsite visible to the right. Photo: Rachel Ricks

 

 

How to

To get to Glenbrittle Campsite, follow signs to Carbost, towards to north-west of the Isle of Skye, on the B8009 and turn left at the dog leg just before the village. It will be signposted but easy to miss. Follow the single-track road for 7 miles until you reach the end of the road and the campsite!

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