Portree and the Harbour particularly is rich in history and its name is derived from the Gaelic Port Righ meaning The King’s Port to commemorate the visit of King James. Most of Skye’s supplies came in via the sea on paddle steamers such as the Waverly which sailed from port to port. The Waverly paddle steamer still visits Portree every year and you may be lucky enough to take a trip on this iconic steamer.
Portree offers a host of unique shopping from the quirky Tippecanoe, Cuillin Crafts, Skye Soap Company, Skye Batiks to more traditional shopping with The Edinburgh Woollen Mill selling a range of knitwear and Harris Tweed. There is a local bakery, MacKenzie’s Bakery, in the square and an artisan bakers with coffee shop, The Isle of Skye Baking Company, just a 10 – 15 minute walk from the town centre. They also have a great gallery above the coffee shop!
There are plenty of things to do in and around Portree and across Skye.
If none of this appeals, you are still in a central location for exploring Skye.