Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye

Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye, Scotland

This afternoon, I am focusing on Portree, the principal town on the Isle of Skye which in turn forms part of the group of islands off Scotland’s west coast known as the Hebrides.

Portree invariably forms an integral part of a day tour (or longer) of Skye. Here is information on historic and other aspects concerning Portree:

  • The name derives from Port an Righ which in Gaelic means ‘Kings Harbour’.  This in turn commemorates a visit by King James V of Scotland in 1540 prior to which the name was Loch Chaluim Chille which traditionally marks St. Columba’s arrival point.
  • Home to a well resourced Tourist Information Centre.
  • Well endowed with accommodation: hotels,guest houses, B&Bs  and budget hostels. 
  • Home to a a good fish and chip restaurant -on the harbour. (See image no 3 below.)
  • In the centre can be found restaurants. shops, banks and a Post Office.
  • Somerled Square is located in the town centre. (Somerled was a 12th century warrior, part Viking and part Celt, who was progenitor of Clan MacDonald.)
  • Home to many special events  during Skye Week, in June.

 Here is the harbour at Portree.

Harbour, Portree

Harbour, Portree, Isle of Skye

 Here is Somerled Square in the centre of town.

Somerled Square, Portree

Somerled Square, Portree, Isle of Skye

 Fish and Chip restaurant and other colourful buildings on the harbour.

Fish and Chips, Portree Harbour

Fish and Chips, Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye


To sum up, Portree can be used as either (a) a short stopover in context of a one day tour of Skye  or (b) a base for a more lengthy stay on the island.

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