Skye's largest town and a charmingly friendly stop-off popular with all visitors.
Local Sights & Activities for Portree
The Aros Experience, on Viewfield Road, half a mile from the town centre on the road to Broadford, is an exhibition and audio-visual display of the island's history and cultural heritage. The island's only theatre is housed here and features a varied programme of events, including drama, traditional music and movies (see 'Entertainment' below). There's also a restaurant serving good value snacks and main meals, a gift shop and a network of forest trails to explore. Info - Daily 0900-2100 (off season 0900-1800). Tel. +44 (0)1478 613649, aros@ demon.co.uk
If the weather's good, Portree offers many opportunities for a wide variety of outdoor activities. Boat trips can be made to the island of Rona, north of Raasay, with the MV Brigadoon. Trips leave from the pier (April-September) and cost from £10 per person. Full-day charters are also available for £75-200 (12 passengers). Tel. +44 (0)1478 613718, or ask for Peter Urquhart at the pier. For horse riding, Portree Riding and Trekking Stables are a couple of miles from the town centre, Tel. 582419. Follow the Struan Road (B885) for two miles, then bear right at the fork towards Peiness. Four miles north of Portree, at Borve on the road to Uig, is the Skye Riding Centre, Tel. 01470-532439.
Mountain bikes can be hired at Island Cycles, on The Green; Monday-Saturday 1000-1700, Tel. +44 (0)1478 613121.
Portree Hotels & Accommodation
There are numerous hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs in Portree, but accommodation can be hard to find in the busy summer season. For a small fee the tourist office will book accommodation for you. Prices tend to be slightly higher in Portree than the rest of the island, though B&Bs on the outskirts of town are usually cheaper.
Rosedale Hotel, Beaumont Cres, Tel. +44 (0)1478 613131. 23 rooms. Open May-Sep. Cosy little hotel by the harbour, converted from fishermen's houses.
Bosville Hotel, Bosville Terr, Tel. +44 (0)1478 612846, Fax. 613434, Bosville Hotel 18 rooms. Comfortable and stylish accommodation with friendly service. Boasts 2 award-winning restaurants (see 'Eating' below). There are also several guesthouses on Bosville Terr and many B&Bs on Stormyhill Rd and the streets running off it.
Viewfield House Hotel, on the road into Portree from the south, Tel. +44 (0)1478 612217, Fax. 613517, Viewfield House Hotel 9 rooms. Open mid-Apr to mid-Oct. Grand old country house full of antiques, set in 20 acres of woodland garden. Log fire adds to the welcoming atmosphere; great value.
Mr & Mrs Mathieson, Grenitote, 9 Martin Cres, Tel. +44 (0)1478 612808, on Viewfield Rd heading south out of town. Good value.
There are a couple of options for budget travellers. Portree Independent Hostel, Old Post Office, The Green, Tel. 613737. 60 beds. Right in the centre of town, with laundrette and email facilities. Portree Backpackers Hostel, 6 Woodpark, Dunvegan Rd, Tel. +44 (0)1478 613641, Fax. 613643. 26 beds. There's a campsite at Torvaig, just outside the town, Tel. +44 (0)1478 612209, open Apr-Oct.