Coire na Creiche

  • Coire na Creiche: Coire na Creiche, afternoon light - © William Mackesy
  • Coire na Creiche: Early, cloud rollig over ridge - © William Mackesy
  • Coire na Creiche: You"ll seldom walk alone - © William Mackesy
  • Coire na Creiche: The corrie, hazy light - © William Mackesy
  • Coire na Creiche: You"ll seldom walk alone - © William Mackesy
  • Coire na Creiche: Afternoon light - © William Mackesy
  • Coire na Creiche: Glen Brittle top, late misty light - © William Mackesy
  • Coire na Creiche: Coire na Creiche, evening light - © William Mackesy
  • Coire na Creiche: Coire na Creiche, evening light - © William Mackesy
  • Coire na Creiche: Coire na Creiche, evening light, Black Cuillin red - © William Mackesy

Key information: Coire na Creiche

  • Explore this dramatic and particularly beautiful corrie on the side of the Black Cuillins, with a horseshoe of magnificent peaks, crags and cliffs around its head and the famous Fairy Pools series of little falls and pools falling from its heart.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating83.5
  • Beauty31.5
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest8
  • Charisma33
  • Negative points4
  • Total rating83.5
  • Note: Negs:. Crowds, frequent bad weather

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 9km
  • 3.5hrs, or less
  • Maximum Altitude: Not specially high
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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Coire na Creiche: Coire na Creiche, evening light - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

Coire na Creiche is a dramatic and particularly beautiful corrie on the north-western side of the Black Cuillins, with a horseshoe of magnificent peaks, crags and cliffs around its head and the famous Fairy Pools series of little falls and pools falling from its heart.

Various streams flow from its broken rock to join to form the River Brittle. The main one of these, the Allt Coir' a' Mhadaidh, falls in a series of extraordinarily pretty rapids, waterfalls and deep pools which are known as the Fairy Pools, all surrounded by the dramatic dark cliffs of the Black Cuillin and the vivid greenery of the corrie... a truly beautiful place. W

This is a wonderful area to walk and linger over a picnic and a swim. It is, though, horribly crowded on a good summer day. 

The best option, if you have the energy, is to reduce the impact of the riverside crowds by starting off leftwards (north-east),climbing gradually away from the river towards a cairn on the Bealach a' Mhaim pass to Glen Sligachan, with wonderful views of the corrie ever present. Turn right at the cairn, and meet and follow the path right, back around the base of the wall of the Coire na Creiche, round to the rocky high end of this grand bowl; then follow the trail down beside the main river with its falls and pools, enjoying an end of walk dip.

A wonderful time, and a very good lower level walk for a cloudy day.

And enjoyable snip of history is that Macdonalds and Macleods fought a bitter battle here over stolen castle - in 1601, a good indication of how violent and backward Scotland then was. 

For more information and photos, including detailed practical information, see our Isle of Skye walk page.

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Coire na Creiche: The corrie, hazy light - © William Mackesy

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Coire na Creiche: You'll seldom walk alone - © William Mackesy

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Coire na Creiche: Coire na Creiche, evening light, Black Cuillin red - © William Mackesy...
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