The proud Isle of Skye contains some of Scotland’s most scenic and recognisable natural landmarks. Its epicentre, however, is the bustling town of Portree, the largest town on the island. The town itself was established on the inlet on the island’s east coast, which created an ideal natural harbour for the settlement to expand from. This location gives visitors to the town an incredible view of the beautiful landscapes of Skye, as well as outwards across the rich blue North Sea.
Portree offers countless options for accommodation and dining, taking advantage of its natural position as a base to explore the rest of the island. However, the town itself is far more than just a place to sleep at night. With a vibrant arts and culture community, including the renowned Aros Theatre, Portree is a vibrant space to explore with many hidden secrets for keen-eyed visitors to uncover.
The backdrop is of hills with Ben Tianavaig, Suidh Fhinn and Ben Chrachaig visible from the town and looking across to the Island of Raasay you can see Dun Caan. The town provides the visitor with petrol stations, banks, cafes, restaurants, churches, a swimming pool, library, book shops, gift shops, cinema, theatre, concerts, tourist information centre and supermarkets.
As well as all these amenities there are lots of types of accommodation to suit all budgets and boat trips and bus tours for the tourist. If using public transport, the buses from Glasgow and Inverness stop here and you can get a bus from here to other parts of the island. All and all an ideal base for holidaymakers.
How to get there
Although many recommend taking a car to explore the island properly, it is perfectly possible to see everything Skye has to offer without getting behind the wheel. Ferries run to and from the mainland constantly, although visitors also have the option of walking across the connecting bridge from the northern town of Mallaig.