Tourist Information in Isle of Skye
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Portree Town Information

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The spectacular capital of Skye, Portree has a natural harbour, dramatic scenery and is the hub of the island’s tourist trade, offering facilities for shopping and evening entertainment.

Sheltering at the mouth of a bay on the Sound of Raasay, it makes the perfect base for those wishing to explore Skye’s various charms.

The Edinburgh-born engineer Thomas Telford designed Portree’s pier and the town’s name – meaning port of the king - may be related to King James V of Scotland who traveled to Skye in 1540.

portree harbour
Portree Harbour -
Photo: Norrie Adamson CCL

The Royal Hotel is reputedly the site of an old inn where Flora MacDonald bade farewell to Bonnie Prince Charlie as he fled to France after his humiliation at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

The Portree Highland Games are staged here each summer. The 13-mile island of Raasay can be visited via a local ferry.