Portree (Scottish Gaelic: Port Rìgh) is the largest town on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Portree is located on the east side of the island, flanked by high cliffs. The place has about 4000 inhabitants. The city is on the A87, also known as Road to the Isles (is a road which is the main link on Skye and the ferry on the Outer Hebrides.). connecting the place to the mainland via the Skye Bridge. Portree is a tourist center on Skye, and several bus services connect Portree to the rest of the island.

Portree harbour/port

Portree has several shopping streets, a harbor, a tourist office and a hospital. The island’s only high school is located in Portree.


In the 18th century, the city was a popular starting point for traveling to America. Many Scots left their lands here to build a better life and escape poverty. During a major food shortage in 1846 (Highland Potato Famine), the city began to export fish, which greatly increased the local economy. The harbor was often used as a resting place to travel further to the Outer Hebrides.

Until its closure in 1976, Portree had the UK’s last manual telephone exchange.

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