Skye 4: Portree and the Scorrybreac Walk

The plan for the day was to have the morning in Portree and the afternoon in Dunvegan but in the end it was all Portree.

We had a mooch around the various shops in Portree, mostly gift/tourist type shops but nevertheless all very nice. Cappuccinos and internet in the Royal Oak meant I could post my blogs of the past 3 days and Mr L caught up with the news and his Twitter feed. We also used the internet to work our what we would be doing after Tuesday next week as we had nothing else planned for the remainder of the holiday.

We have been able to book another 2 nights here at our cottage in Kildonan. We had thought to spend the en route home night in Edinburgh as it will be the Independence Referendum night……there was nowhere of a reasonable price available so we have booked to go back to our favourite Glasgow, this time we are in Citizen M hotel up on Renfrew Street. I am sure we can find somewhere to go along to and follow referendum events…..there is a big screen in a marquee in Merchant City as part of the post Commonwealth Games legacy…..

Skye votes YES!

Skye votes YES!

Everywhere we have been there has been loads of ‘YES’ signs in windows, on fences, on verges, on lamp posts etc. Just today for the first time we have seen some ‘NO’ signs in Portree. Next Thursday will be a historic night whatever the outcome.

We had lunch back at the cottage and a leisurely couple of hours before heading back to Portree. The plan was to do the Scorrybreac walk on the far side of the harbour, followed by fish and chips sitting outside on the harbour and then up to the Aros Centre just outside Portree centre where they have their BLAS festival and tonight’s entertainment was Scottish music.

The Scorrybreac circular walk was just under 2 miles on the south side of Portree harbour bay and involved a fairly steep climb up away from the coastline so what it lacked in distance it made up for in effort! It was an enjoyable walk with great views over the harbour in the late afternoon sunshine.

Fish farm in Portree Bay

Fish farm in Portree Bay

Portree Bay

Portree Bay and the Black Rock

We also got a glimpse of The Old Man of Storr in the distance, albeit somewhat hazy (as most of the landscapes have been today).

Old Man of Storr visible in the distance

Old Man of Storr visible in the distance

The fish and chips were great, despite being watched by a beady-eyed seagull that clearly wanted what was ours!! The evening entertainment at the Aros Centre turned out to be not quite what we wanted so we didn’t bother to get tickets, instead we have booked tickets to see Ross Noble doing a pre-tour warm-up show Monday night.

We headed back down to Portree harbour for the third time in the day and had a drink in the Pier Hotel bar which was full of locals rather than tourists like us. Then home to catch up with iPad TV download programmes and a relaxing rest of the evening.

Fishing boat being unloaded on Portree Harbour

Fishing boat being unloaded on Portree Harbour


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