Grand Tour of Scotland: Day 10: 21 August 2019 ~Exploring Isle of Skye #14

Views of Portree from Cuillin Hills Hotel

Portree is the largest town and capital of the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. It is the location of the only secondary school on the island, Portree High School. Public transport services are limited to buses. Portree has a harbor fringed by cliffs, with a pier designed by Thomas Telford.

In the 1700s, the town was a popular point of departure for Scots sailing to America to escape poverty. This form of use was repeated during the famine in the 1840s. Both times, the town was saved by an influx of boats, often going between mainland Scotland and the Outer Hebrides, who used Portree’s pier as a rest point. The town also began exporting fish at this time, which contributed greatly to the local economy.

The Royal Hotel is the site of MacNab’s Inn, the last meeting place of Flora MacDonald and Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746.

The town had the last manual telephone exchange in the UK, which closed in 1976.

Around 939 people (37.72%) can speak Scottish Gaelic.

The A855 road leads north out of the town, passing through villages such as Achachork and Staffin, and passes the rocky landscape of the Storr before reaching the landslip of the Quiraing.

Portree is considered among the “20 most beautiful villages in the UK and Ireland,” according to Condé Nast Traveler, and is visited by many tourists annually.

Views from Cuillin Hills Hotel, Portree, Isle of Skye, The Inner Hebrides, Scotland, United Kingdom

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