Places of Interest


PORTREE

Portree, is the main town on the Isle of Skye. It is 34 miles ( 54.4 km) from the Skye Bridge. During the journey take time to view the Isle of Skye’s incredible landscapes and dramatic and breathtaking scenery.


Portree is situated in an idyllic location surrounded and sheltered by undulating hills. The Cuillin Mountains can be easily be seen in the backdrop. The small town is set around a picturesque bay and a quaint, postcard-perfect harbour full of local fishing boats and is fringed by high ground and cliffs. The Harbour is lined with pretty pastel coloured houses, pubs and restaurants and is a very popular place to visit by tourists and locals alike.


The town also offers excellent leisure facilities including a swimming pool, pony-trekking, bike hire and boat cruises plus plenty of shopping

Opportunities.


Portree is a popular base for exploring the rest of the island. Many visitors are drawn to the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Ridge to the north as this wild area is dominated by weird and wonderful landscapes. It is also host to rock formations such as the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the truly extraordinary pinnacles of the Quaraing, not to mention the evidence of Dinosaurs on Skye.


DINOSAURS ON SKYE

For the casual fossil seeker, the most attractive of Skye's sites are the ones with evidence of dinosaurs. Luckily, two of the best places to find them - Staffin and Duntulm - are very easy to get to.


THE OLD MAN OF STORR

This iconic basalt spire featured in the opening scene of director Ridley Scott’s recent blockbuster Prometheus. Further north there are vantage points from which to watch waterfalls tumbling hundreds of feet into the sea, and absorb the panorama across the Sound of Raasay to the mainland.


THE QUIRAING

The Quirainge is revered by many as the star attraction. The Quiraing is a surreal escarpment of pinnacles, crags and bluffs dating from the Jurassic Period. It's unique terrain can easily be explore on foot in a few hours.


KILT ROCK

Kilt Rock is only a short distance south of Staffin, on the east coast of Skye’s Trotternish Peninsula. The landscape falls dramatically and descends down from a 200 foot high sea cliff. This striking formation, has been compared to the appearance of pleats in a tartan kilt.

Duntulm castle


At the very northern tip of the Isle of Skye are the ruins of Duntulm Castle and is often described as The Edge of the World.

Skye Museum of island life


Further on you'll find the Skye Museum of Island Life (skyemuseum.co.uk), a preserved crofting township of traditional thatched cottages.

Fairy Glen


A small road, a few miles south of Uig, leads to the Fairy Glen. A weird, miniaturised landscape of conical hills, butts, and even a tiny roadside loch. Keep a watchful eye if and make a wish if you see a Fairy.


Just don’t forget the golden rules - always have a waterproof to hand in a backpack and experience the beauty of the ‘Misty Isle’ in time-honoured fashion: on foot.


For further information on things to do on the Isle of Skye, please visit: https://www.isleofskye.com/activities








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