Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

2019 HAL World Cruse

Friday, May 3, 2019

 

Portree has a population of around 2500 year-round inhabitants.  It is the primary town in Isle of Skye and is a tourist town known for its charming waterfront, colorful historic houses and beautiful views.  The center of life in Portree is the harbor, surrounded by high ground and cliffs.  Along the harbor are a range of buildings, brightly painted, and housing cafes and pubs.  The main part of town is above and behind the harbor.  This is where the buses and taxis are.  There is also a war memorial in Somerled Square.  The Aros Experience is a museum dedicated to the history of Isle of Skye and portraying the island life.

We were here last August on the HAL Voyage of the Vikings cruise.  If you look in “archives”, you’ll find a blog around the 12th or 13th with photos from our tour to the Crofters Cottages in the Skye Museum of Island Life.  This time, we did not take a tour.  We did not even disembark the ship as it was cold and rainy, and we chose to stay on board and read.  But since we’ve been here several times before, I’ll post some prior photos, too.

This is the Portree harbor.  You can see a tender on the dock at the far left.
This is the Portree harbor. You can see a tender on the dock at the far left.
At the top of the harbor walk is Somerland Square and the Portree Hotel.
At the top of the harbor walk is Somerland Square and the Portree Hotel.
Somerland Square
Somerland Square
A sample of the architecture in Portree
A sample of the architecture in Portree
Town Centre and the War Memorial in Somerled Square.
Town Centre and the War Memorial in Somerled Square.
The shopping street
The shopping street
A view of the Portree countryside and suburban houses.
A view of the Portree countryside and suburban houses.
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2019 photo of Portree, taken from the ship at anchor. It is 43 degrees with a 20mph wind, cloudy, and rain coming. We stayed on board!!!

 

Our next port, and I promise we’ll get off and look around, is Belfast, Ireland.

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