The Isle of Skye
The Skye Bridge with the Cuillin Hills behind
Portree is located on the east coast of Skye only 40 miles from either the Skye Bridge or Mallaig-Armadale Ferry. It is known as the 'Capital of Skye' and as such is home to a variety of museums, galleries, restaurants, and tourist attractions as well as a good selection of shops and supermarkets. Portree also provides an excellent base from which to explore "The Misty Isle" or in the local Gaelic tongue Eilean a' Cheò.
To the north of Portree is the Trotternish region home to the Old Man of Storr and and primordial-looking Quirang rock structures. From the region's main village of Uig, the ferry will take you to Harris and Lewis of the Outer Hebrides.
North West of Portree is Waternish and Glendale home to spectacular sea cliffs, seabirds, white sands and views to the outer Isles. The area is also the ancestral seat of the Clan Macleod at the spectacular Dunvegan Castle and museum.
The Cuillin Hills
For those who enjoy the great outdoors south from Portree are the Cuillin ranges. The Black Cuillin providing the greater challenge being arguably the UK's most difficult mountain range. The Red Cuillins although not as challenging are by no means less enjoyable with many walks and paths winding over the tops and through the spectacular glens. For some of the best views on Skye of the Cuillin be sure to visit Elgol, Tarskavaig, Sligachan and Carbost.
Further south of the Cuillin is the area of Skye known as the 'Garden of Skye' home to a wide variety of plants and trees as well as Armadale Castle Gardens and the Museum of the Isles- home to the Clan MacDonald.
For links to further information please visit our Activities page which contains information on various activities, places of interest, restaurants etc.
Wikipedia also has some good information about Skye such as its Geology and annual weather statistics - Skye in Wikipedia
Ferry from Skye to Mallaig
Ferries, Islands and Steam Trains
There are three main ferries on Skye allowing the island explorer to travel further afield.
Sconser (Skye) to Raasay - a short trip across to the beautiful Isle of Raasay and the extinct volcano Dun Can. Ferry Website
Uig (Skye) - Tarbert (Isle of Harris) - Less than 2 hours across the Minch to the Islands of Lewis and Harris. Ferry Website
Ardvasar (Skye) - Mallaig (mainland Scotland) - From Summer 2016 (check timetables) a short trip will take you over the sea from Skye to Mallaig where you will find the Steam Train to Fort William and a very good meal of fish and chips.. Ferry Website
There is also a small privately run ferry which runs from Kylerhea (skye) to Glenelg (Mainland Scotland). Its a perticularly pleasant drive to and from this ferry and the short ferry journey is fun too. Ferry Website
Skye is a beautiful island in all seasons - Pictured Raasay's extinct volcano Dun Caan in winter
.. or Storr in December