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Portree

Travel Guide
Portree Harbour featuring a coastal town and a bay or harbour

The biggest and busiest town on the Isle of Skye, Portree is built around a colorful harbor where fishing boats still arrive to offload their catch of the day.

Skye’s capital and cultural center, the lively town of Portree is awash with seafood restaurants, shops, hotels, B&Bs and traditional pubs. Admire the row of pastel-colored houses lining the harbor, browse locally produced crafts in independent boutiques and embark on a wildlife-spotting boat trip from Portree Harbour.

Learn about the different theories regarding the origins of Portree’s name. Some believe it comes from “Port Righ,” Gaelic for “King’s Harbour,” referencing a visit made by King James V in the 16th century. Others suggest it may come from “Port Ruighe,” meaning “port of slopes,” referencing the hilly landscape.

Stroll around town and wander down to Portree Harbour, a picturesque area where fishing boats and pleasure craft moor. Go on a boat trip from the pier to the islands of Rona or Raasay. Seals, dolphins and golden eagles can occasionally be spotted out at sea.

Shops line the central Somerled Square and the streets branching off it. Purchase handcrafted cosmetics, carved wood crafts and locally made knitwear. Toward the south of the town is the Aros Centre, a cultural center that includes a theater, cinema and seasonal visitor center.

Choose from a range of dining options in town. Charming seafood eateries can be found down by the harbor with more restaurants and pubs scattered around town. The town is at its busiest during the annual Isle of Skye Highland Games, which features a program of events including traditional sports such as caber tossing as well as Scottish piping competitions.

With its proximity to the Old Man of Storr, the Kilt Rock and the Trotternish ridge, Portree is a popular base for travelers. Pick up maps and brochures in the town’s tourist office for more information.

Portree is located on the east coast of Skye. To get here, ride buses from Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh or drive. Local buses connect Portree to other spots on the island, but are infrequent. Driving or cycling is more convenient.

Tongadale Hotel
Tongadale Hotel
3 out of 5
WENTWORTH ST, Portree, Scotland
The price is £99 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in the heart of Portree, this hotel is steps away from Somerled Square and Portree Harbour. Ben Tianavaig and Old Man of Storr are also within 9 miles ...
3.9/5Very Good! (173 reviews)
"Staff excellent very helpful thank you to you all had a great holiday Parking had to find parking but it was not too much of a problem"

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2021

Tongadale Hotel
Uig Hotel
Uig Hotel
3 out of 5
Uig, Portree, Scotland
The price is £150 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Uig Pottery and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from The Fairy Glen. Flora Macdonald's Grave and Quiraing are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (754 reviews)
"Great hotel and very friendly efficient staff. Great food also ."

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2021

Uig Hotel
Cuillin Hills Hotel
Cuillin Hills Hotel
4 out of 5
Scorrybreac Road, Portree, Scotland
The price is £277 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Somerled Square and Portree Harbour. Ben Tianavaig and Old Man of Storr are also within 9 miles ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (260 reviews)
"Beautiful location. Amazing staff and amenities."

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

Cuillin Hills Hotel
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Skye Cabins
Skye Cabins
2.5 out of 5
Beinn an Righ, 34 Bernisdale, Portree, Scotland
Situated in Portree, this golf cabin is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Skye Riding Centre and within 9 miles (15 km) of Portree Harbour and Edinbane Pottery. Somerled ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Perfect quiet retreat, centrally located on Skye
"Cabin is located on the back section of the owner’s historical family property, overlooking the bay. Very peaceful and quiet. Owner checked us in, gave us very helpful area tips and advice and left us with a sweet welcome basket of goodies. Highly recommend these cabins if you want to explore Skye ..."

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

Skye Cabins
Monkstadt No 9 - Pretenders Escape
Monkstadt No 9 - Pretenders Escape
3.5 out of 5
Monkstadt House & Steadings, Linicro by Portree, Portree, Scotland
Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Flora Macdonald's Grave, Skye Museum of Island Life and Duntulm Castle. The Fairy ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
"The accommodation was incredibly clean and welcoming, the views were stunning and we were greeted with a lovely bottle of wine on arrival. Free laundry service was an added benefit."

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Monkstadt No 9 - Pretenders Escape
Skye Eyrie
Skye Eyrie
5 out of 5
5 Grealin, Portree, Scotland
Situated in a rural location, this luxury cottage is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Kilt Rock, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Old Man of Storr and Quiraing. Duntulm Castle ...
Skye Eyrie
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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