Accessible foreign travel makes it easy to miss out on the many picturesque, historic and
exciting locations within Britain. The Scottish Highlands and Islands are steeped in wild beauty, peace and romance, so it's hardly surprising that they have provided inspiration for poets, composers and writers for generations and there is evidence of human settlement dating back to Mesolithic times.
Bonnie Prince Charlie's last days in Scotland were spent in Portree, on Skye. Now a thriving
cultural centre popular with visitors, the land round its natural harbour with its Thomas Telford designed pier quickly rises to form the surrounding hills - all part of the spectacular scenery within the region.
Portree caters for all, having both excellent indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, a wide
variety of shopping opportunities, many local arts and crafts and the award winning Aros
Centre offering concerts, theatre and film screenings. Skye's history, rare wildlife and
breathtaking landscapes are also captured in an exhibition at the Centre.
Much available accommodation makes Portree an excellent base for exploring Skye, the
more southern Inner Hebrides and beyond. A choice of island cruises enables costal exploration and road links transport the visitor to a host of dramatically amazing rock formations, such as the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the pinnacles of Quiraing.
Scotland is a vast, varied and ruggedly beautiful country. Portree offers a friendly, vibrant
and delightful setting from which to begin to get to know the land, its people and their many
festivals and customs, possibly even visiting The annual Golden Spurtle World Porridge-Making Championship on the way home!