Portree is a picturesque town located on the Isle of Skye, which is part of the Inner Hebrides in Scotland. It serves as the administrative center and largest settlement on the island. Portree is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, with rugged landscapes, dramatic cliffs, and breathtaking views of the sea.
The town itself is situated around a natural harbor, and its name, Port Rìgh in Scottish Gaelic, translates to "King's Port." It has a vibrant and colorful waterfront area lined with charming houses painted in pastel hues, creating a postcard-perfect scene. The harbor is usually filled with fishing boats and yachts, adding to the town's maritime character.
Portree offers a range of amenities and services for visitors, including accommodations, restaurants, cafes, shops, and a tourist information center. It's a popular base for exploring the Isle of Skye, as it provides convenient access to various attractions and landmarks.
One of the notable landmarks near Portree is the Old Man of Storr, a famous rock formation that towers above the landscape and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. The Quiraing, another iconic natural feature, is also within easy reach from Portree and showcases dramatic cliffs, pinnacles, and rolling hills.
The town itself has several attractions worth exploring and visitors can learn about the local history and culture at the Skye Museum of Island Life, located nearby in Kilmuir.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities for activities like hiking, wildlife watching, and boat tours in and around Portree. The diverse landscapes offer an abundance of natural beauty, including the nearby, Kilt rock, Mealt falls, Lealt Falls and the enchanting Fairy Glen.
Portree is approximately 26 miles from the Three Chimneys with a regular bus service.