New bridges the way to safer accessibility at iconic Fairy Pools site on Skye

The completed bridges form part of the ongoing work carried out by the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland on the Skye Iconic Sites Project (SISP). NO F27 OATS The Fairy Pools Bridge Installation 1
The completed bridges form part of the ongoing work carried out by the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland on the Skye Iconic Sites Project (SISP).

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Visitors to one of Skye’s most iconic sites, the Fairy Pools, can now enjoy a safer walk across burns with the latest installation of two new bridges.

The newly installed bridges have been made with steel, and timber clad, to help improve accessibility and safety measures for those visiting the popular tourist destination, come rain or shine, and without the risk of falling in on the previously used open crossings.

The popular tourist spot will also benefit from an extensive footpath upgrade which is due to be completed in March 2023.

The completed bridges form part of the ongoing work carried out by the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland on the Skye Iconic Sites Project (SISP).

The three stage project will see the restoration and development of Skye’s most iconic sites including the Fairy Pools, Old Man of Storr and Quiraing.

NO F27 OATS The Fairy Pools Bridge Installation-2

Dougie Baird, CEO of Outdoor Access Trust Scotland, said: ‘We’ve been hard at work installing two bridges that not only make the site more accessible but complement the dramatic landscape at the Fairy Pools.

‘Before the installation of the timber bridges, access across the burns was difficult in wet and high water conditions, causing habitat damage along the bank sides where visitors looked for a place to cross.

‘Now the bridges are complete, visitors can enjoy safe crossings whilst the habitat can have a chance to recover. We are looking forward to the next stage of upgrading the pathworks nearby, which will further enhance this beautiful site.’

Last month saw the official opening of the Quiraing footpaths with Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy – as well as being the local constituency MSP – Kate Forbes present.

SISP is part of an almost £9 million Scottish programme of projects to invest in the Highlands and Islands to provide more and better-quality opportunities for visitors to enjoy natural and cultural heritage assets.

The Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund is led by NatureScot and is part funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).