Portree Harbour
Portree Harbour
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  • MorayJohnny
    Princeton, New Jersey445 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visiting Portree on Isle of Skye
    Portree is a town on the Isle of Skye, and it is the population center of this island, which is well known for its breathtaking views and scenic hiking trails. The island is accessible by the Skye Bridge from the mainland, which is much easier than taking a ferry, which is also available. It is about a 45 minute drive to Portree once you cross the bridge onto the island. The town itself is perched atop a cliff, with a dock/port area at sea level, which is accessed by a cobblestone road or concrete stairs. The town center small, consisting of 2 parallel streets which contain the bulk of the businesses/stores in town. There are at least 2 hotels in the town and others just outside of town. We stayed at Marmalade Hotel (see separate review) which is a 5 – 10 minute walk up the hill out of town. The dock area is 1 small street., with storefront restaurants, takeout food, and several shops. It is also the center of the recreational boating activities which are offered in town. We took the Stardust Sea Eagles Wildlife Cruise, a 2 hour ride featuring sea eagles, seals & dolphins. Other options are also available. There are at least 3 places to get lunch or a beer or cocktail beverage in the town center, as well as several higher quality gift stores. We felt as if the products in the stores were a higher quality than many of the mass produced items often seen in gift shops. We had 2 lovely meals while we were in town. The 1st night we ate at Sea Breezes, a small but very popular seafood restaurant located on the wharf (see separate review). The 2nd night we ate at Dulse & Brose, which is located in the possibility hotel on the previously referenced cliff (see separate review). Both meals were excellent, and I would recommend both restaurants. There isn’t a lot to do in Portree, but it is conveniently located if you’re interested in accessing other attractions on the Isle of Skye.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Jane S
    Omagh, United Kingdom427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Portree
    Portree, the capital town on the Isle of Skye. A beautiful little town, harbour, coloured houses, boats, shops, lots of tourists, restaurants and pubs! There was a pipe band the evening we were there and a few highland dancers! Lovely atmosphere.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Rose
    77 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    pretty town with good variety of shops
    Parking was easy at the Bayview long stay car park with plenty of spaces and only a short walk into the town. The town is very pretty and worth just wondering around. Quite a few interesting shops and a bit different to some other souvenir places I went to. The harbour is quite small but nice to see the town from below and all the boats on the water. Doesnt take long to look around unless you stopping to eat somewhere.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 15, 2023
  • eastbound
    84 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty harbor but food options are very limited on a Sunday.
    It's picturesque with a few interesting shops. However, the number of restaurants open on Sunday is very limited, compared to the number of tourists at lunch time. If you're with a tour group, you might have a hard time finding a place to eat at and be back on the bus on time. There are lines everywhere. If you are pressed for time, once you find something reasonable, go for it. Otherwise, you'll end up circling around looking for a place to sit down.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Thomas G
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,818 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute harbor
    The harbor of Portree is adorable and a must visit when in Skye. The colorful houses with the boats in the water. Get to the viewpoint opposite to the water and have the best view. This is easy to find and don't need to much time.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Cheekycockney190757
    Basildon, United Kingdom11,443 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely little harbour
    Visited on Tuesday 05th September 2023 on Day 4 of the British Isles Discovery 10-Day Cruise on Ambience. Started and ended a tour of the North Island at Portree. The town was nice to walk around and we picked up our hire car from Morrisons of Skye Rather than pay the £70pp coach tour excursion price I thought why not pre-book a hire car! £70 for 24 hours inc insurance.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 18, 2024
  • 618serhwee
    Singapore114 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The port is scenic and kilt rock is also worth going.
    Very small place the portree. The restaurant seat and table are limited. Off peak season in April still have to queue. Table for 4 is difficult to get. Everywhere near the portree is same situation, if you are looking for restaurants. We ended up cooking in the Airbnb. Just heat up the food is cheaper and no need to wait and hunting for seat. The port view is beautiful. The kilt rock is also worth seeing.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 9, 2024
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elsarge
Norwich, UK81 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Firstly Skye is magnificent and it is small wonder that it gets so many visitors, Secondly Portree is ideally placed from which to explore. Ok good bit over, the pics of Portree showing coloured houses along the harbour front look great from the sea or from the headland looking back but it has to be said that Portree as a town is sad and shabby, looking unloved and neglected. The harbour area could and should be the focal point of the town and should create an immediate positive impression...we visited in September 2022. The first thing you see is a sunken derelict ship surrounded by temporary metal fencing, then as you look along the quay there are all the wheelie bins for the businesses and dwellings. At the end of the Quay is I believe the fish and crab processing area, there were dead and dying presumably unsaleable Crabs and fish tossed back into the harbour. The building colours are nowhere near as vibrant up close as from the sea. There is a popular Fish and Chip shop on the Quay that was queueing out of the door each day we were there, but apart from that there really is nothing to appeal, there is a narrow steep roadway leading to the Harbour which is, as everywhere these days, clogged with massive tanks masquerading as family cars. Most places on the continent manage to get away with charging local tourism taxes, not sure why we can't do that in this country to put money directly back into these ultra popular areas for conservation and maintenance work?
Written October 20, 2022
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Andrew L
Stoke-on-Trent, UK10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Spoiled end to such a good trip!!

Having already done the NC 500, this time we decided to tour over to Skye and Lewis/Harris isled.
The trip was fantastic and weather was not bad at all (last week of easter break)
On the way back from Lewis to Skye, we dropped in Portree. The village itself is very nice and locals also are quite welcoming.
However, by all accounts, is a busy ‘hot spot’ for tourists venturing the wonders of these areas. When we arrived, the car park was very busy and given our vehicle is a long wheel based, I thought of other visitors attempting to access this village and wishing to park.I too wanted to avoid taking nearly two car park spaces and preventing the above. There were no ‘motorhome’ spaces available and we also had a 93 yr old and person with hidden disabilities that we wanted to make the walk into the town easier for them and less of impact; causing unnecessary stress. There were no ‘official persons’ at hand to ask for advice nor had we visited here before. It is also worthy to mention that we had too forgot the blue badge which would have prevented this mistake ever occurring.

Whilst visiting this stunning village, we spent considerable amount of money (£100s) on gifts, food and other items. All of which supporting local produce and also local income as these type of out-reached towns reply on tourism.

So,including this and the fact on our return to find a penalty charge was a bit of a ‘kick in the gut’ (so to speak). As a family holiday, we have really enjoyed and embarrassed the Highlands and Hebrides. To which, I myself is many generations of Scottish descendant and still today have family around this vast and hypnotic Country.

I contacted and challenged the parking fine with 'The Highland Council' giving my plea and stating it was a error. Needless to say , a S Brown (head of parking services) that plea did not constitute a reason to cancel the ticket and would still be required to pay the fine (£100) .

This doesn't not help tourism at all and given this a remote place to visit and reliant on tourism , wihc a genuine case one would have thought some 'human' approach would have been taken. Nope! instead a unsympathetic and prejudice was the view and decision of this 'S Brown'.

Please be aware touring people that when visiting this village that the local may be warming but, the council and higher powers seem to take somewhat advantage and disliking to none Scottish nationalist.

Sorry Portree but, your council are inhuman and don't support tourist.
Written April 9, 2024
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Martin C
Sheffield, UK599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Very pretty working harbour where fishing boats still ply their trade and you can buy fresh fish from a fishmonger there. Some of the buildings are painted bright colours and all were in good repair. There are a number of fish and chip shops/restaurants but that is not to demean the atmosphere. Worth a visit.
Written September 25, 2020
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richard k
Linlithgow, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Portree is a lovely tourist town and the harbour is the jewel in the crown with it's beautiful row of brightly coloured house providing a stunning frame to the beauty of the natural landscape. We visited on a rainy misty day in July 2021 and it was beautiful just looking down on the sight. The marquee at the front is understandable in view of covid, but does slightly detract from this landmark sight. There is a good selection of eateries and shops to add to the visit. Delightful!
Written July 31, 2021
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Katie D
Brighton and Hove, UK456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
A nice little town, very picturesque. You can take a boat trip from here to see the local wildlife. I would recommend Stardust Boat Trips, very knowledgeable about where to find the wildlife, and about them, stopped for everyone to get a closer picture of the White Tailed Sea Eagle. Would highly recommend them.
Written February 17, 2021
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Frances S
34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Would have been 5 but almost no food is available in terms of restaurants. Due to Brexit there is a huge labor shortage meaning that you cannot get a reservation at a restaurant unless you are staying in the restaurant hotel. Or you reserve a non hotel restaurant several weeks in advance. It is an untenable situation. We had to buy food at the co-op in order to have dinner. The exception was the great Indian restaurant a block from town center. Thank goodness for them!!
Written May 29, 2023
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Cathy S
Farmersville, TX277 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
We came in May, on a bank holiday weekend We hiked and explored the beautiful island until 8 because the sun doesn’t set until 10 pm. Then we went to Portee to eat. NOPE! All restaurants were either closed, fully booked, or only serving hotel guests! Most shops were also closed! This is your peak season. It doesn’t make sense! Parking is woefully inadequate as well. Cute town though, if you can manage to find a parking spot to walk around!
Written May 28, 2023
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coh8
Glasgow, UK901 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Portree is like Tobermory. Both harbours are iconic and look great at any time. Peaceful dawn sunrise, working port and tours during daytime, and many eating options make this a must visit.
Written March 7, 2020
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Terry W
Bracknell, UK1,378 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
The pictures often seen are not as you see now as there is a large tent along the port side in front of some of the coloured properties. Perhaps a temporary building to allow the eateries to serve food.
It is non the less a great place to visit and as a great venue to travel to other ares in Skye.
It's nice just watching the movement of the water and looking at the Fishermans boats, or could that also be fisherwomens boats.
Currently due to many people holidaying at home, the restaurants are booking up quickly as are the hotels.
Written September 24, 2020
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Joe H
17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Skye is one of the most stunning places I’ve ever seen. A walker and hiker paradise. Portree is the main town in Skye and sees a lot of tour buses coming through and stopping. The problem is there are just too many tourists in summer. The town has several nice inns and restaurants but we were not able to get into any of them due to overcrowding. Tour buses all arrive for lunch, putting massive strain on businesses that are understaffed and have to turn people away. This is exacerbated when it rains as there is limited shelter. The other problem is that unlike other parts of Skye, no one in Portree wants to take cards - it’s cash only! We found this very inconvenient and different from the rest of the island who seem to accept cards just fine.
Written July 4, 2023
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