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Travel Guide

Portree Harbour featuring a bay or harbour and a coastal town

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.

Cuillin Hills Hotel
Cuillin Hills Hotel
4 out of 5
Scorrybreac Road, Portree, Scotland
The price is NZ$378 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Somerled Square and Portree Harbour. Old Man of Storr and Skye Riding Centre are also within 12 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (257 reviews)

Reviewed on 20 Dec. 2020

Cuillin Hills Hotel
The Bosville
The Bosville
4 out of 5
9 - 11 Bosville Terrace, Portree, Scotland
The price is NZ$299 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Situated in Portree, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Somerled Square and Portree Harbour. Old Man of Storr and Skye Riding Centre are also within 12 miles ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (120 reviews)
Lovely stay in a great location (apart from coop)
"Lovely friendly staff, beautiful room overlooking the harbour. Loved the local toiletries and coffee tea making service in the room. However, the pillows were very big hard so I didn’t have the best nights sleep, also thin walls....and the coop delivery next door woke us up at 6:30"

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2020

The Bosville
Tongadale Hotel
Tongadale Hotel
3 out of 5
WENTWORTH ST, Portree, Scotland
The price is NZ$185 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in the heart of Portree, this hotel is steps away from Somerled Square and Portree Harbour. Old Man of Storr and Skye Riding Centre are also within 12 ...
3.8/5Good! (157 reviews)
Great location in Portree
"Hotel was in a great location in downtown Portree. The room was small but that was okay. The main point of our trip was to spend time hiking in the Isle of Skye and this hotel was in a perfect spot. It was also great to have a pub right downstairs. Given that when we went establishments were still ..."

Reviewed on 5 Sep. 2020

Tongadale Hotel
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.
Monkstadt No 6 - Jessie's Hideaway
Monkstadt No 6 - Jessie's Hideaway
3.5 out of 5
Monkstadt House & Steadings, Linicro, Portree, Scotland
Situated on the beach, this luxury holiday home is 5.4 mi (8.7 km) from Duntulm Castle and 8.3 mi (13.4 km) from Quiraing. Kilt Rock and Portree Harbour are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"We loved the cottage and the area. The newly remodeled cottage by James McQueen is smartly designed and very enjoyable. I highly recommend staying there. Our family has 2 adults and 2 boys ages 14 and 11. Laundry amenity is wonderfully convenient. Nice coffee, tea and milk provided. Important note: ..."

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2019

Monkstadt No 6 - Jessie's Hideaway
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! (14 reviews)
Perfect place for a quiet escape
"A cosy comfy place to stay with all the in house amenities you could want and spectacular scenery all round."

Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2020

Monkstadt No 9 - Pretenders Escape
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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5/5 - Excellent

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25 Mar. 2020

Stay in the room with lake view, it's worth paying a little more!

4/5 - Good

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14 Dec. 2019

Lovely place but very overrun with tourists and all the buses. I would go at a quieter time than September.

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6 Nov. 2019

Cute little town with everything that is needed

3/5 - Okay

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3 Jul. 2019

Isle of SKYE was somewhat disappointing. The time getting there & out would have been better spent on the main land

5/5 - Excellent

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22 Jun. 2019

On the way for food stop at the inn for a drink then move onto Dulse and Brose (in the Boswell Hotel) for dinner. Make sure you book ...

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