lairgest toun on Skye in the Inner Hebrides o Scotland

Portree (Scots Gaelic: Port Rìgh, pronounced [pʰɔrˠʃt̪ˈtʰɾiː]) is the lairgest toun on Skye in the Inner Hebrides o Scotland.[2] It is the location for the anerly seicontar schuil on the island, Portree High School. Public transport services are limitit tae buses.

Portree Harbour (23590853715).jpg
Portree Harbour
Portree is located in Highland
Location within the Isle o Skye
Population2,491 [1]
OS grid referenceNG483454
Cooncil area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnitit Kinrick
Post tounPORTREE
Postcode destrictIV51
Diallin code01478
EU PairlamentScotland
UK Pairlament
Scots Pairlament
Leet o places
57°24′43″N 6°11′31″W / 57.412°N 6.192°W / 57.412; -6.192Coordinates: 57°24′43″N 6°11′31″W / 57.412°N 6.192°W / 57.412; -6.192

Portree haes a harbour, fringit bi cliffs, wi a pier designed bi Thomas Telford.[3]

Attractions in the toun include the Aros centre which celebrates the island's Gaelic heritage. Further airts proveesion is made throu airts organisation ATLAS Arts, a Creative Scotland regularly-fundit organisation.[4] The town also serves as a centre for tourists exploring the island.[5]

The Royal Hotel is the steid o MacNab's Inn, the last meetin place o Flora MacDonald an Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746.[2][6]

The toun plays host tae the Isle o Skye's shinty club, Skye Camanachd.[7] They play at Pairc nan Laoch abuin the toun on the road tae Struan.

Aroond 939 fowk (37.72% o the population) can speak Scots Gaelic.

The A855 road leads north oot o the toun, passin throu veelages such as Achachork, Staffin an passes the rocky landscape o the Storr afore reachin the landslip o the Quiraing.

Map o Skye showin Portree


The current name, Port Rìgh translates as 'king's port', possibly frae a visit by Keeng James V o Scotland in 1540. Housomeivver this etymologie haes been contestit, syne James did no arrive in peaceful times. The aulder name appears tae hae been Port Ruighe(adh), meanin "slope harbour".[8]

Prior tae the 16t century the dounset's name wis Kiltaraglen ('the kirk o St. Talarican') frae Gaelic Cill Targhlain.

Portree shaleEedit

Portree shale is a geologic association in the vicinity o Portree, the existence o which is linkit wi potential petroleum occurrences o commercial importance.[9]

In feectionEedit

  • 'The Portree Kid' wis a amusin ballad sung bi the Corries.
  • Portree is the hame o a feectional profeesional Quidditch team in the Harry Potter universe cried the 'Pride of Portree'.[10]
  • The film Made of Honor pairtially taks place in Portree. A sweepin shot o the toun's main street is shown.


  1. "Census 2001". Population figures. Archived frae the original on 27 Mey 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2005.
  2. a b Murray, W.H. (1966) The Hebrides. London. Heinemann. Pages 154-155.
  3. Portree Regeneration (15 September 2007). "Portree". Archived frae the original on 17 November 2007.
  4. "ATLAS Arts - bringing art and audiences together in Skye and Lochalsh". Creative Scotland. Creative Scotland. Retrieved 3 Januar 2016.
  5. "Portree" Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved on 15 September 2007.
  6. Haswell-Smith, Hamish. (2004) The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh. Canongate. Pages 173-4
  7. "Skye Camanachd" skyecamanachd.com. Retrieved 26 September 2007.
  8. Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2003) Ainmean-àite/Placenames. (pdf) Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  9. C.Michael Hogan, (2011) Sea of the Hebrides. Eds. P. Saundry & C.J.Cleveland. Encyclopedia of Earth. National Council for Science and the Environment. Washington DC.
  10. Whisp, Kennilworthy (2001). Quidditch Through the Ages. WhizzHard Books. pp. 31–46. ISBN 1-55192-454-4.