Portree, Isle of Skye

Introduction to Portree, Isle of Skye

Set within a natural harbour and surrounded by rocky cliffs and rolling hills, Portree - the Isle of Skye's main town - is a truly beautiful place to explore.

Not only is Portree the Isle of Skye's main town, it's also the island's most popular tourist destination, thanks to its attractive coastline, pretty working harbour and interesting attractions, includingthe Aros Centre and the An Tuireann Arts Centre which celebrate the island's Gaelic heritage.

The town also serves as a gateway other attractions on the island, including the intriguing rock formations at Trotternish Ridge - which can be found north of Portree - and the ruins of Tusdale.

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Isle of Skye, Peninsula

CHARMING WATERNISH PENINSULA

  • Discover what the enchanting Waternish peninsula has to offer
  • Learn more about the traditional craft of tanning
  • Enjoy refreshments at the island’s oldest inn
Activity Tour
Price£55.00-£65.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

The beautiful rural Waternish peninsula boasts unspoilt countryside and magnificent vistas, and is home to charming historic villages and traditional crafts. Explore the highlights of this area, admiring breath taking views en route.

Leaving the pier, your tour begins with a drive northwest from Portree. Cross the island and pass through Skeabost - located at the head of Loch Snizort Beag in the southern end of the Trotternish peninsula - Camuslusta and Lusta before arriving in the pretty village of Stein.

Leaving Stein, continue up the peninsula en route to Skyeskyns. Upon arrival here, embark on a tour of the tannery and enjoy a demonstration on how sheepskins are made, using time-honoured methods of leather making – one of the oldest crafts known to man. During your guided tour of the workshop you can view traditional implements used by the tanner – the beam, paddles, racks and buffing wheel, horse and iron as well as the lengthy hand finishing processes, which help to create the world famous Highland hand-combed fleece, exclusive to Skyeskyns. There may even be time to visit the showroom and browse the goods on sale.

Then continue to the rocky outcrop at Hallin that affords excellent views over this part of the peninsula. Stop for refreshments at Skaebost Hotel, lovingly restored and stunningly refurbished former hunting lodge set in an idyllic location. 

Following your visit, you make your way back to Portree and your awaiting ship

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and a few steps to negotiate. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. Refreshments comprise one beer, glass of wine, soft drink, tea or coffee per person. Guests are advised to wear comfortable shoes and to bring a rain jacket. 

 


Dunvegan Castle from pier, Isle of Sky

DUNVEGAN CASTLE & THE CUILLINS

  • Discover the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland
  • Explore the history-filled Dunvegan Castle and its glorious gardens
  • Admire the varied, dramatic landscape of the Cuillin Mountains
Activity Tour
Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hrs
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Enjoy a visit to Dunvegan Castle, which has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for almost 800 years.

Your tour begins with a drive across the lovely Isle of Skye to the west coast, where you will arrive at Dunvegan Castle, which has been the seat of the Clan MacLeod chiefs since the 13th century. One of the greatest and most renowned Hebridean strongholds, Dunvegan Castle is the only one to have been continuously owned and occupied by the same family over a period now spanning eight centuries.

Within the castle you will find priceless heirlooms, some of which have been passed down through the Chiefs of MacLeod since medieval times. These include treasures like the Dunvegan Cup, a ceremonial cup dating from 1493; the mysterious Fairy Flag, which legend has it has magical properties; and Sir Rory Mor’s Horn, a drinking horn. Following your visit of the castle, enjoy time to explore the lovely gardens which surround the waterfall known as Rory Mor’s Cascade. 

En route back to Portree, you can marvel at the surrounding scenery, soaking up views of the dramatically beautiful Cuillin Mountains.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES 

Is this tour right for you?

 

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. It involves walking of approximately 200 metres (656 feet) over a gravel path to reach the castle, and many steps and uneven surfaces. You will spend approximately one and a half hours at Dunvegan – photography is not permitted inside the castle. Your time here will not be guided, however stewards will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. 


Eilean Donan Castle near Isle of Sky, Scotland

EILEAN DONAN CASTLE

  • Visit the much photographed Eilean Donan Castle
  • Enjoy stunning vistas of the Cuillin Mountains
Activity Tour
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Eilean Donan is arguably one of the world’s most recognisable castles. Situated on a small island where three sea lochs meet in the midst of some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery, it is no wonder that the castle has featured in many films – including Highlander – and even on shortbread tins!

Your tour begins with a drive south from Portree, past the majestic Cuillin Mountains, and across the iconic Skye Bridge to the Scottish mainland. Arrive at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, which was named after the 6th century Irish saint who set up the first community on the island. There has been a fortified castle on this site since the 13th century, although during its long and turbulent history it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. The restored castle that you will see today was completed in the 1930s, and during your visit here, you can learn about the rich history of the fortress and its clansmen before admiring the magnificent surrounding views. 

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Is this tour right for you?

Is this tour right for you? This tour can be suitable for guests with limited mobility – if you are unable to manage the large number of steps, a virtual tour can be shown on a computer at the visitor centre (please ensure the guide is aware before arrival if you will require this option to be available to you). All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. The visit involves walking of approximately 200 metres (656 feet) over a gravel path to reach the castle and many steps and uneven surfaces. You will spend approximately one and a half hours at Eilean Donan – photography is not permitted inside the castle. 


Old man of stor, Isle of Sky

ISLE OF SKYE & MUSEUM OF ISLAND LIFE

  • Be captivated by the beauty of Skye
  • Uncover the history of life on the Island
Activity Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hrs
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Uncover the best that the Isle of Skye has to offer as you embark on a scenic drive of the area before visiting the Museum of Island Life, where you can gain a fascinating insight into days gone by.

Leaving the pier in Portree, you will head north onto the Trotternish peninsula. During your tour, you can learn more about the Isle of Skye’s geography and social history – particularly its crofting history. Pass the curious rock outcrop known as the Old Man of Storr and continue north to Kilt Rock – a 60 metre (200 foot) high cliff, which has been marked in a tartan-like pattern by the rock strata. Pause briefly here to soak up the scenery and take photos of the rock, with a waterfall cascading down towards the pebbled shore below.

Continuing your journey north, you will pass the crofting township of Staffin, which overlooks Staffin Bay, and learn about the myths and legends of Skye as you drive around the tip of the island. Your next stop is at the settlement of Kilmuir, where you will visit the fascinating Museum of Island Life. The museum, which opened in 1965, provides an insight into the life and times of 19th century crofters. Step back in time and learn more about what life was like on the island a hundred years ago as you visit traditional thatched cottages and view a croft kitchen, barn, weaver’s cottage and Ceilidh house.

Following your visit, drive through Uig en route back to Portree.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves only a little walking, during the approximate 40 minute visit to the Museum of Island Life. The terrain encountered is over even paths – you may need to stoop to enter the buildings. Guests may remain on the coach at the photo stop. This tour may operate in reverse order.


Landscape, Isle of Sky

SCENIC SKYE

  • Sit back and relax as you enjoy a scenic drive of the Isle of Skye
  • Discover the beauty of the island
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£20.00-£30.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

On this tour, enjoy a panoramic drive through delightful countryside and admire the spectacular Scottish scenery.

A turbulent geological history has resulted in the Isle of Skye boasting some of Britain’s most dramatic and varied scenery – from the rugged volcanic plateau of northern Skye to the peaks of the Cuillins, one of the most dramatic mountain ranges in the United Kingdom. Meanwhile the hillsides are scattered with sheep, cattle and the ruins of crofts.

Depart from the colourful harbour of Portree - meaning ‘Port of the King’, it was named following a visit from King James V in 1540. During your scenic drive, your guide will introduce you to the fascinating history of the island. The Isle of Skye’s most famous association is with Bonnie Prince Charlie, who is said to have claimed ‘even the Devil shall not follow me here!’ He famously fled here disguised as a maidservant in 1746. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a scenic driving tour, therefore it is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility, providing individuals can board the coach unaided. Please note that at the end of the tour, there will be an approximate 300 metre (984 feet) walk downhill from the town square back to the pier. There will be no toilet facilities available on this tour. 


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