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Pocket Guide: Portree

Scotland’s Highlands and Hebrides are home to unique cultures and dramatic landscapes, including a rich history of rebellion, a wealth of beautiful trekking and mountaineering sites through the famous Munros. But it doesn't stop there, this region of Scotland also comes replete with a number of quaint coastal towns and villages which have traditional Scottish hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses.

The Isle of Skye is the largest of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides archipelago, and is connected to the mainland by bridge, but it also hosts some of the country’s most stunning natural and historical splendours, which give the region a mythical atmosphere. The main town on Skye is Portree, which is an important local cultural centre, and whose port plays an important economic role in the region. The town centres around its natural harbour, and features a number of colourful seaside houses and beautiful views of Loch Portree and the Sound of Raasay. Visitors will quickly discover that Portree and its surrounding areas have a wealth of great outdoor activities to offer any visitor, from trekking through its diverse topography to sailing on pleasure crafts around the isle’s beautiful shoreline.

Enjoy a Stay in the Town of Portree

Portree is home to a range of accommodation ranging from upmarket luxury hotels, to guesthouses, B&Bs, and simple campgrounds. The town holds a number of leisure activities and cultural sites, the most important being the award-winning Aros Centre, which regularly hosts theatre shows, film screenings, and concerts, and features exhibitions that explore the importance of Skye’s history as well as its variety of local birds, which include white-tailed and golden eagles. The local port is also the best place to head in order to explore the isle’s surrounding waters, as pleasure cruises and tours set-sail from here.

Exploring the Trotternish Ridge

For any outdoor enthusiast interested in experiencing the dramatic scenic beauty that the Isle of Skye has to offer, the trek along Trotternish Ridge just outside of Portree is both challenging and extremely rewarding. Trekking throughout this region will lead you to some of Skye’s most famous natural wonders, including The Old Man of Storr, Beinn Edra, the Quiraing and more. By the end of your 30km hike, you’ll have climbed some 2000 metres and will have enjoyed panoramic sights of Skye and its surrounding waters.

Discover the Southern Tip of Skye

In the south of Skye visitors will find a range of towering Munros and pristine lochs, including Loch Coruisk, commonly considered to be one of the most beautiful in all of Scotland. You will also discover the abundance of wildlife that the isle has to offer, including red deer, Scottish wildcats, pine martens, mountain hares and along the water, dolphins, seals, and seabirds. All of these spectacular sites, both flora and fauna, will make it easy to see why National Geographic once rated the Isle of Skye as the 4th greatest island in the world.

Whether you’re simply looking for a place to relax amidst pristine scenery, or want to trek your way across one of the world’s most dramatic islands, a visit to the Isle of Skye is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.