The Sykes Cottages Guide To Portree, Isle of Skye

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Portree is Skye’s island capital, set on a pretty harbour, boasting the largest range of services, shops and general amenities on the island and is an ideal place to visit whilst on a cottage holiday. There are a number of attractions to detain the visitor before they set out to discover the wilderness beauty of the island, and its high concentration of Munros (Scottish mountains above 3,000 feet). The Aros Centre is the place to uncover the island’s history, including the story behind Bonnie Prince Charlie, as he famously fled ‘over the sea to Skye’. Skye Scene Highland Ceilidh introduces the visitor to the authentic musical experience of the Highlands, while the An Tuireann Arts Centre houses contemporary visual arts and craftwork. More than attractions, though, visitors simply let Skye happen to them.

Cycling round the island is a great way to ensure dramatic views of stunning mountains and coastal scenery are not missed whist concentrating on the often-tortuous roads. Climbers and walkers flock to the island year round, hoping for breaks in the weather to tackle ascents of some of the famous peaks, notably the tricky Cuillin ridge, part of the spectacular Cuillin Hills which stand guard over the landscape and can be seen from miles around. For coastal scenery, the area to the north of Portree is hard to beat. The Trotternish Peninsula is home to another famous Skye landmark that dominates the landscape; the spectacular Old Man of Storr, a rocky, basalt outcrop synonymous with the island. This is also excellent walking and wildlife watching territory, and tours around the Peninsula can be arranged in Portree. Sea and golden eagles, basking sharks, dolphins and porpoises as well as ancient dinosaur fossils are all par for the course.

Why not take a look at our self catering cottages in Portree?

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