Portree Isle of Skye

Portree skyline and colourful houses, Scotland
Portree skyline and colourful houses, Scotland
View of Portree Bay with commericial fising boats

Portree is the Isle of Skye’s largest and liveliest town. Set within a pretty natural harbour with brightly-coloured houses and surrounded by rocky cliffs and rolling hills, Portree is a truly beautiful place to explore. Its name (from the Gaelic for King’s Harbour) commemorates James V, who arrived here in 1540 to pacify the local clans.

The town is a popular tourist destination, thanks to its stunning coastline and interesting attractions that include the An Tuireann Arts Centre, which celebrates the island’s Gaelic heritage. Portree also serves as a gateway to other attractions on the island, such as the intriguing rock formations at Trotternish Ridge, the ruins of Duntulm castle, and the peninsula unflatteringly known as ‘The Lump’, which once provided a setting for public hangings in Trotternish.

Cruises to Portree Isle of Skye

Puffin perched on a cliff, Scotland Puffin perched on a cliff, Scotland Puffin perched on a cliff, Scotland

Scenic Isles and Lochs of Scotland • T2313

 Newcastle
Bolette
Sat 13 May 2023
7 nights
  • Marvel at the natural wonder of the Old Man of Hoy 
  • Visit Lews Castle from Stornoway
  • Look for native seabirds and marine life with ORCA 
Aerial view of coastline at the cliffs by Staffin, Scotland Aerial view of coastline at the cliffs by Staffin, Scotland Aerial view of coastline at the cliffs by Staffin, Scotland

Scenic Isles of Scotland • S2311

 Liverpool
Borealis
Mon 26 Jun 2023
8 nights
  • Experience Scotland’s rugged beauty
  • From Borealis, spot marine life with ORCA
  • Visit the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness
Colorful houses at the harbor of Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland Colorful houses at the harbor of Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland Colorful houses at the harbor of Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Scenic Isles of Scotland • T2319

 Newcastle
Bolette
Sat 15 Jul 2023
10 nights
  • See the scenery of some of Britain’s most beautiful places
  • From Bolette, marvel at rock formations and landscapes 
  • Spot marine and sea bird life with ORCA representatives
Borealis cruising the Sound of Mull, Scotland Borealis cruising the Sound of Mull, Scotland Borealis cruising the Sound of Mull, Scotland

Bank Holiday Escape to Scenic Scotland • S2317

 Liverpool
Borealis
Sat 26 Aug 2023
5 nights
  • Experience Scotland’s summertime beauty 
  • Seek out marine life and sea birds with ORCA
  • Visit Orkney and the Isle of Skye for historic sites 
Old Man of Hoy, Orkney Old Man of Hoy, Orkney Old Man of Hoy, Orkney

Scenic Isles of Scotland • L2314

 Rosyth (Edinburgh)
Balmoral
Thu 15 Jun 2023
7 nights
  • Experience the beauty of Scottish isles and waterways 
  • See dramatic rock formations and native wildlife
  • Spot whales and other marine wildife with ORCA