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Port-Rìgh - King’s Port
The main town in Skye adopted this name in 1540 when King James V visited with a fleet of warships to persuade local clans
to support him. The town was previously known as Kiltaraglen.
Did you know?
Thomas Telford designed the local pier and the original wall stands to this day.
The late Gaelic author, Sorley Maclean was from the neighbouring Island of Raasay and spent much of his life in Skye. Sorley is the most successful Gaelic bard to date. His work includes the legendary poem “Hallaig”.
The Gaelic band Runrig was formed in Portree and the original lead singer Donnie Munro still lives here. Runrig were the most
successful Gaelic band ever and their first album (Play Gaelic) was released in 1978. This was a groundbreaking effort and
all the titles on the album are in Gaelic. Runrig broke the mould for Gaelic song by writing contemporary music in the language.
Dance DJ Mylo attended Portree High School for 5 years. After leaving Portree he went to Oxford University and graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Physiology. However, he has more recently made a name for himself as a DJ and producer. His first album, “Destroy Rock and Roll”, exploded on the dance scene in 2004 and has led to massive success. He has provided remixes for The Scissor Sisters, Kylie Minogue and The Killers.
The Cuillin Hills
The spectacular Cuillin hills are a range of mountains that lie south of Portree and are a must for all enthusiastic walkers and climbers. The Cuillin comprises the Black Cuillin and the Red Cuillin.
The Black Cuillin ridge traverse is probably the best mountaineering expedition in the UK. A full traverse normally takes two days although the record is believed to be around 8 hours. All 12 Munros on Skye are Black Cuillin peaks including that of Sgurr Alasdair (Alasdair’s Peak). The ‘Inaccessible Pinnacle’ is the only graded rock climb and is a spectacular feat in itself. The Red Cuillin are more rounded hills with more vegetation than their counterparts. The highest point of the Red Cuillin is Glamaig, venue of the Glamaig Hill Race every June.
The Old Man of Storr
The Old Man of Storr looms over Portree and is situated 7 miles north of the town. It is a spectacular site. Legend has it
that the Old Man of Storr gets its name because the rock outline and the protruding pinnacle resemble that of the face of
an old man. “Storr” itself is Norse in origin and is thought to mean “Great Man”.
Dunvegan Castle, seat of the Clan MacLeod is a 15-minute drive from Portree. It is reputed to be the oldest inhabited castle
in Scotland. The castle houses many relics of the Clan MacLeod including the famous Fairy Flag of Dunvegan. This magical flag
was given to the clan by the queen of the fairies as a reward for a favour they had done, and that waving it would enlist the
fairies help in time of need. The flag is said to have been waved twice, one single use remains to this day. The flag however
hangs in a frame in the drawing room and is in a delicate state.
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
With a spectacular setting looking across the Sound of Sleat towards Knoydart, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is the world’s only Gaelic-medium college of further and higher education. Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (which means ‘The Big Barn of Ostaig’) was opened as a college in 1973, and has won international acclaim for its work in regenerating both the local community, and the Gaelic language and culture. The college runs Gaelic course for full-time students, short-courses during the summer and a range of distance learning and online learning initiatives – so there’s something to suit everyone who wants to learn!
Talisker is a locally produced single malt. The Talisker Distillery lies 15 miles west of Portree in the little town of Carbost.
The Isle of Skye Brewery in Uig also produces a variety of beers and ales.
One of the biggest sports on the island is shinty – the traditional game of the Highlands. Skye has a team which plays its
home matches in Portree at Pairc nan Laoch (Heroes Park).
Best time to visit
May - The Isle of Skye Music Festival takes place in May and has played host to (among others) The Stranglers, KT Tunstall,
Idlewild and Fun Lovin’ Criminals.
March/ Am Màrt
MICHAEL MARRA IN CONCERT
01/03/07 – Strathpeffer
02/03/07 – 17/03/07 – Perth Theatre, Perth
02/03/07– Strathpeffer Pavilion, Strathpeffer
03/03/07 – Ironworks, Inverness
SALSA CELTICA PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS MOISHE’S BAGEL
04/03/07 – Ironworks, Inverness
JUNIOR DRAMA FESTIVAL
06/03/07 – 07/03/07 – Plockton
06/03/07 – 07/03/07 – An Tobar, Isle of Mull
JULIE FOWLIS AND JENNA REID
08/03/07 – Aros, Portree, Isle of Skye
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
08/03/07 – Elgin Community Centre, Elgin
STRICTLY COME DANNSA
09/03/07 – Laggan Village Hall, Laggan
MACH 10 GAELIC DRAMA FESTIVAL
12/03/07 – 17/03/07 – An Lanntair, Stornoway
OUR LUNAR ACTIVITIES
16/03/07 – The Seaforth, Ullapool
19/03/07 – The Music Hall, Aberdeen
MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE
CELTIC MEDIA FESTIVAL
28/03/07 – 30/03/07 – Portree, Isle of Skye
MACLEANS OF RAASAY
28/03/07 - 30/03/07 - Cultural exhibition on poet Sorley MacLean and his folklore collector brother Calum, Braes Village Hall, by Portree
SEACHD: The Innaccessible Pinnacle
30/03/07 – 31/03/07 - The Innaccessible Pinnacle – Gaelic feature film, AROS Centre, Portree
Information about local events and external links to H07 events via the H07 website.
Cùrsa Comais – Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Short Courses – Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Short Courses – Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle
Cursa Inntrigidh - Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Learn Gaelic at BBC Alba
Community Education Classes
Comhairle nan Sgoiltean Araich (CNSA)
Alternative Learning on Skye
Museum of the Isles