Port-an-Righ (the Gaelic for Portree) translates as the King’s Port, the village was re-named following a royal visit by James V of Scotland in 1540.

Portree is the “capital” of Skye, although it is still called the “village” by the local residents. The town is built around 2 sheltered bays with the headland called the Lump in between them. The Lump has an open-air amphitheatre where the Highland Games are held every August.

Portree is the ideal base for your visit to the island. There are many restaurants and pubs within a few minutes walk from us at Ben Tianavaig B&B, as well as gift shops, 3 banks, the public library (with internet access) and swimming pool, post office, Tourist Information office, newsagents, lots of public parking and an excellent supermarket right in the centre of town.

During the summer months there are regular ceilidhs and music events, including Pipe bands playing in the Square and traditional music in the town’s pubs and hotels. The local arts centre, Aros, hosts a restaurant; regular cinema, music and drama events, as well as exhibitions about the Island.

The town is ideally situated for exploring the Trotternish Peninsula with its rugged rocky ridges, including “The Old Man of Storr” and the spectacular rock formations of the Quiraing. Guided walks and tours can be organised so you can benefit from the wealth of local knowledge of guides and wildlife experts.