Fairy Pools

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I just have to share with you some photos of a walk I took today with Sandy and Alison, to the Fairy Pools near Glenbrittle. It was a magical place, freezing, majestic, secret-feeling. The purest, coldest water I have ever tasted, so close to its source in the snow-covered Cuillin mountains behind it.

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    • Beth says:

      Right? I couldn’t stop thinking of Christina Rosetti’s poem ‘Goblin Market’. With that mountain looming at the head of the stream like that (a portal? Hands together in prayer?) and the crystal clear blue water tumbling in such an intricate playground it was easy to imagine how the name came about, though I think it’s a recent thing. Hordes of tourists in the summer I hear – glad to have seen them on such an icy, clear day.

  1. Dear Beth,

    It seems almost unreal that you are currently living in this magical place! I can’t even begin to imagine what your “every day” experience must feel like, but I bet it’s pretty amazing in so many different ways – though I feel that for me it would be really, really hard to live in such a remote and wild area, nonetheless, I feel as though we can all breathe a bit of that PURE air through you when you post these wonderful posts!

    Wishing you all the best xxx

  2. Martha says:

    Oh yes. There’s something about them this time of year, when the wild feels very wild. It was all I could do not to take all my clothes off and jump in when I was there one January. I thought I might never be able to get warm again after. Next time I think I’d just be in there! So glad you’re enjoying that beautiful part of the world. Magic close to the surface eh?
    Looking forward to my cards! X x

    • Beth says:

      Ha! I confess I considered it. I paddled my feet and that was enough…not as painful as I was expecting considering I had to slide around a little to find a crack in the ice!

      (But you know, you never regret a good old winter dip. I’ve done the Todmorden new year swim a couple of times and honestly, the buzz lasts for days. Well worth the pain 🙂

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