The Hebrides: Scotland's magical western islands
An emerald shore receding behind, a sea breeze in your face, a dolphin surfing the bow wave as escort...
Places in Isle of Skye
Portree (Port Righ)
Portree is Skye’s largest and liveliest town. It has a pretty harbour lined with brightly painted houses, and there are great views of the surrounding hills. Its name (from the Gaelic for King’s Harbour) commemorates James V, who came here in 1540 to pacify the local clans.
The Trotternish Peninsula to the north of Portree has some of Skye’s most beautiful – and bizarre – scenery. A loop road allows a circular driving tour of the peninsula from Portree, passing through the village of Uig, where the ferry to the Outer Hebrides departs. The following sights are described travelling anticlockwise from Portree.
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