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Portree in the Winter

Portree in the Winter

The Isle of Skye is one of the Hebridean Islands group. Also known as “The Misty Isle” or ‘Eilean a Cheois’ in gaelic, Skye is rich in history, geology and simply some of the finest scenery in the world.

Portree is the anglicised version of the Gaelic ‘Port Righ’ or “Kings Port” and marks the occasion of a visit by King James V.

Portree today has one of the islands foremost visitor attractions in the heritage centre The Aros. This is situated on the outskirts of town with its shops, restaurant, Sea Eagle exhibition and small theatre and cinema.

Old Man of Storr

Old Man of Storr

Wentworth Street, in town is home to most of the shops, pubs and restaurants that cater for all tastes and budgets. During the summer months, some of the hotels lay on free traditional musical entertainment. At the end of the town is the harbour where you can book boat trips to see the huge variety of marine and bird life that thrives around the island.

Throughout the year Portree hosts many festivals and competitions from the Fiddle and Accordian and Skye Pipe Band competition to the Agricultural Show and our own Highland Games which takes place every August on the spit of land known as the “Lump” which itself is a great place to take photographs of the surrounding scenery.

View of Raasay from Portree Harbour

View of Raasay from Portree Harbour

To travel further afield requires some form of transport. Cars can be hired from the local garages in Portree and during the summer months, organised buses start from the town square to tour parts of the island. Bus tours can be booked from the Tourist Office in the village.

Within easy travelling distance is Dunvegan Castle and gardens, home to the Chiefs of the Macleod Clan for over 800 years and while there take in the beauty of the Coral beach, one of only two beaches on Skye.

If walking and great scenery is your hobby, you should visit the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing – famed for its rocky pinnacles and strange rock formations. Or a stop at the Kilt Rock Falls or the towering cliffs and light house at Neist Point the most westerly edge of the island A visit to the Walk Highlands website is always worth looking at beforehand in order to find the best walks most suited to your interest and ability.

Kilt Rock view point

Kilt Rock view point

For something a little less strenuous, a visit to the Skye Museum of Highland Life, Flora MacDonald Monument and Duntulm Castle are all well worth a visit in the north of the island.

No visit to the island is complete without a visit to the Talisker Distillery on the shores of Loch Harport, which was built in the mid 1800’s and is the islands only single malt distillery.