Welcome to the Portree Cruise Port Guide. Portree is the capital of Scotland’s 2nd largest island: Skye. Portree has approximately 2300 inhabitants, which is about a third of the entire population of the Isle of Skye. Portree is the largest centre of the island and almost all services are located here. The beauty of the Isle of Skye is famous around the world. The islands offers beautiful peninsulas, mesmerising bays, a mountainous centre and incredible wildlife. Make sure not to stay in Portree itself but discover the island!
Travel information United Kingdom
Official currency – Pound Sterling
Accepts Us dollars – are usually not accepted
Creditcards – are widely accepted
Drives on the – left
Timezone – UTC
Inhabitants – 5,3 million
Official language – English
Capital city – Edinburgh
Government – Devolved parliamentary legislature within constitutional monarchy
Cruise Port Guide Portree – Scotland: tender port
The Isle of Skye does not offer a cruise dock large enough for cruise ships. Therefore ships drop anchor in the bay in front of Portree and tender their guests ashore. The tender pier lies directly at the famous pier with Portree’s coloured buildings along the harbour wall. From here it is a small walk to the centre of town (approximately 800 meters). Please know the walk includes stairs or a small uphill walk. Directly at the pier you will find a fish and chips store, some small tour operators offering boat trips, w-fi and a small bar. In town you will find some nice handicraft shops, the tourist information, the busstation and taxi stand.
Tourist information Portree
Hiking in Portree
There are lots of spectacular hikes you can do around the island. A simple one starting in Portree itself is the Scorrybreac circuit. It is a beautifull walk around the bay just north east of town. First part is rather flat and great for a leisurely walk. The second part includes a steep hike up the hill. Total distance of the entire path is 3 km / 1,9 miles. From the cruise port you will need to keep right, follow the shore of the bay and look out for the wooden signs saying: Scorrybreac. It is easy to find and the path is well defined.
Taxis in Portree
Generally not available on the pier. There is a small taxi stand in town.
The public bus is a good and rather cheap way to get around the island. Busses leave in the city centre. Check the bus schedule before you step into the bus, because there are often only a few departures per day. 60X West: From Portree Square to Dunvegan Castle. Takes about 1 hours and 15 minutes. Most often the bus makes a one hour stop here. This bus usually only departs 1 time per day (10.45 am) 57A: From Portree Square to the Museum of the Island Life and the Old Man of Storr Car Park. Departs every 2 hours. 56: From Portree Square to Dunvegan Castle Departs a few times a day.
Where’s the wi-fi?
Wi-fi is available at the Pier hotel near the cruise pier.
Distances from port
Talisker Distillery – 20 miles south of Portree port Sky Museum of Island Life – 22 miles north of Portree port Eileen Donan Castle – 43 miles east of Portree port Cuillin Mountains – 25 miles south of Portree port Dunvegan – 21 miles west of Portree port
This is one of the most iconic castle of Scotland. The Eileen Donan castle is situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet. The 6th century castle is surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
The centre of the Isle of Sky is dominated by the Cuillin Mountains. They are absolutely spectacular and dramatic mountain scenery. The highest mountain top is 3255 ft / 992 m. Out here you might come across birds of prey and wild deer.
There is no cruise dock large enough to accomodate cruise ships in Portree. Therefore your ship will need to drop anchor and tender you to shore. The tender pier is located on the most recognizable street of Portree. From here it is an easy, uphill walk to the city center. You will find limited facilities on the dock. Please check our Portree cruise port guide for all the information.
The only distillery on the Isle of Skye is called Talker Distillery. It proved 10 year old Single Matl Scotch Wiskey. Visit the distillery and see the 5 copper pot stills at work or take look at the oak casks in the warehouse.
This museum depicts life on the island around the 19th century. Several thatched cottages are preserved.