Portree - Port - Skye visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Portree - Port' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.
Panorama from the end of the quay at Portree (Scots Gaelic: Port Righ meaning "King's Port") on Skye overlooking Loch Portree and out to the Sound of Raasay. The Island of Raasay is visible in the distance through the gap in the headlands that links Loch Portree to the Sound of Raasay. To the left, the "Black Rock" headland, to the right, the foot of Ben Tianavaig encloses a natural harbour with a deep seabed to the left, ideal for heavier fishing vessels and deep keeled commercial motorised sea vessels, sailing yachts, smaller cruise ships and occasionally the paddle steamer Waverley! To the right, the bay shallows out as the River Varragil runs from Loch Sligachan along Glen Varragil to form an estuary where workers can hand pick the shellfish "Wilks" (or "winkles") from the rocks at low tide.
Portree lies at the beginning of the northern and western loops of the Isle of Skye. From here roads continue up north with the dramatic scenery of the Trotternish peninsula and the Quiraing towards Staffin, Floddigarry, Duntulm, the Aird and on round the headland to the ferry terminal and harbour town of Uig. The road west leads to Dunvegan past Waternish peninsula and across more gentle, rolling green landscape heavily cultivated into croftland used for livestock and small scale intensive market gardening. From Dunvegan, the road continues along behind the Cuillin ridge offering outstanding views of the Black Cuillins as you approach Sligachan where you rejoin the only road south back to Broadford, Kyleakin and across the Skye Bridge to the mainland at Kyle of Lochalsh.
As a natural harbour, Portree has become a busy port and is home to the lifeboat service. Although these days, little remains of it's industrial past when much of the local economy came from the industry surrounding transportation of goods (including livestock, forestry and agricultural produce) by sea freighter up and down the West Coast of Scotland to the Clyde port of Glasgow. This sea-going freight transportation service, and it's accompanying passenger transportation ferry service, diminished as road and rail access throughout the Highlands became possible and increasingly convenient from the 1920s onwards. Although the industry has replaced sea with land based transportation, the port of Portree has adapted to become a base for fisheries, tourism sea craft and rescue services for the larger area.
Travel and Getting There: Portree lies 35 miles north of Kyleakin, approx 40 miles north of Armadale and 20 miles south of Uig - the three main access points to Skye. Portree lies at the centre of the island of Skye.