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.
Dining, Tours and Sightseeing
Observe fishing boats coming ashore and dine on fresh seafood in a waterside restaurant at this picturesque harbor.
Beloved by hikers, this unusual landscape is dotted with fractured rock formations, shimmering lochs and a hidden grassy plateau.
Hike up a sloping path to reach this craggy volcanic spire, one of the natural icons of the island.
Watch water plummeting down the sheer rock edge into the ocean below at these dramatic sea cliffs.
Set on a basalt outcrop overlooking Loch Dunvegan, this historic fortress has been home to the chiefs of a prominent Highland clan for eight centuries.
Tour a working whisky distillery and sip a dram of the smoky yet sweet single-malt Scotch produced here.
Venture out to the Isle of Skye and drive through the natural beauty of Scotland on this day-long tour. Travel past sights like the Moray Firth before arriving in Skye, where your guide shows you breathtaking landscapes.
This tour has a minimum requirement of 4 travellers and maybe shared with other passengers Enjoy a scenic road trip to the isle of skye. Passing along lochness Urquhart and Eilean Donan Castle and see the highland cows before getting to the world famous skye bridge .
Venture to the Scottish Highlands and spend two nights on the Isle of Skye, including a Jacobite steam train ride on the West Highland Railway Line — aka the ‘Hogwarts Express’ of Harry Potter fame.
An amazing one-day journey that visits the most popular places of Scotland, including Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye. We stop at all the must-see attractions on the Island: Portree, Talisker Distillery, Old Man of Storr, and obvi
This journey will take you to all the main attractions on the mystical Isle of Skye: Fairy Pools, Talisker Distillery, Dunvegan Castle or Neist Point, Fairy Glen, Quiraing, Kilt Rock and Old Man of Storr.
The tour will depart Portree and head north in an anti-clock wise direction where we first will stop for a photograph of the Old Man of Storr. From there we will head for The Kilt Rock. Our next stop will be the Quiraing where the views are exceptional.