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Things to Do in Portree

Brightly painted buildings line the waterfront of Portree, the main settlement on Scotland’s Isle of Skye. Make this small harbor your base for exploring the rest of the island, taking advantage of its range of accommodations, seafood restaurants, pubs, and shops.

The Basics
Join a tour around the Isle of Skye leaving from Portree, with hiking tours and sightseeing tours by car setting off directly from town as well. Organized day trips from Inverness often include stops at Portree, as well as Talisker Distillery, the rugged rocky Fairy Pools near the Cuillin Mountains, and Trotternish Peninsula in northern Skye. Multi-day tours of West Highlands and Skye, departing from either Glasgow or Edinburgh, typically include an overnight stay in Portree. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Portree is a must for outdoors lovers, offering easy access to scenic hiking trails.
  • The town is home to pharmacies, grocery stores, and a tourist information center. 
  • During peak season, accommodation in Portree often sells out, so book well in advance. 

How to Get There
Portree is situated on the Isle of Skye’s east coast along the A87 road. Driving the 33 miles (53 kilometers) from Skye Bridge takes about 50 minutes. Several local bus routes serve the town; though service is limited, particularly on weekends. 

When to Get There
July and August are peak season on Skye, and this is when Portree is at its busiest. For a quiet experience, without the colder winter weather, try visiting in September.

Isle of Skye Highland Games
Every year in August, Portree plays host to the Isle of Skye Highland Games. Tickets, available only at the door, allow you to observe various events, including piping and dance competitions, sailing and rowing regattas, and traditional games such as hammer throwing and stone put—a precursor to modern-day shot put.
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Kilt Rock
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Kilt Rock is a sea cliff on the north end of Trotternish in northern Scotland. It was named Kilt Rock for its resemblance to a kilt. The vertical cliff is composed of both igneous and sedimentary rock which come together in vertical bands and look like the pleats of a kilt. The cliff is 200 feet high and one of many impressive cliffs along this coast.

Kilt Rock is close to a waterfall that tumbles into the pebbled shore of the Sound of Raasay below. This waterfall is called Mealt Waterfall, and sometimes the wind here is so strong the water doesn't even reach the bottom before being blown away. There is a popular viewing spot that overlooks the dramatic sea cliffs where visitors can see both Kilt Rock and Mealt Waterfall. It is a fenced area and allows visitors to get their postcard pictures of both of these natural beauties in one frame.

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The Quiraing is a hiking trail on the Isle of Skye in northern Scotland. The trail is a loop covering a distance of about 4.2 miles. It passes through spectacular Scottish landscapes and is part of the Trotternish Ridge. This ridge was formed by a massive landslip, which created cliffs, plateaus, and rock pinnacles. If you enjoy taking pictures, bring your camera to capture the scenery you'll see along the way. You'll be able to see the water as well as the many strange and beautiful land formations in the area.

The path starts through steep grassy slopes, and crosses rock gorges and streams. Parts of the trail are covered in loose gravel. Along the way, you will pass large rock formations, climb over rock walls, and walk near the edges of cliffs. It is a fairly difficult trail, and it is not recommended in bad weather due to visibility and trail conditions.

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