Aros Centre - Skye visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Aros Centre' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.
Panorama showing the Aros Centre set above the natural harbour of Portree port on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
The Aros Centre on Skye is known also as The Aros Experience, and Skye's Heritage Centre. A number of forest walks are found around the centre, popular for orienteering and hill-running sports. This panoramic photograph shows both the centre and the view across Loch Portree.
On the far side, the hill of Ben Tianavaig (413m) forms a dramatic skyline. The break in the headland where Loch Portree joins the Sound of Raasay is also visible. At the foot of Ben Tianavaig lies the village of Penifiller, then beyond to Braes - an active crofting area and site of a significant historical rebellion in 1882 "The Battle of Braes" which instigated fundamental changes to crofting law - a land management law for tenant farmers which introduced specific property rights to tenants to safeguard their income to preserve the fragile economics of subsistence communities.
The Aros Centre offers exhibitions on the history, geology and geography of Skye. There are also a number of gift shops, bars and an elegently situated cafe with commanding views in this stop off point, popular with the tourist market as they head up towards Portree. The centre hosts the island's only cinema, an adaptation in use of it's intimate theatre which has the decorative styling reminiscent of Shakespeare's Globe theatre. Although Skye is regularly visited by a hugely-popular mobile cinema contained within a specially adapted articulated lorry called the "Screen Machine", despite a five-figure resident population, this Aros Centre remains the only cinema and theatre for the population and offers occasional shows, musical events and film screenings.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
The centre is set on the side of the A87 about 8 miles north of Loch Sligachan, and 1 mile south of Portree.
Address: Aros (Isle of Skye) Ltd Viewfield Road Portree Isle of Skye IV51 9EU