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Portree Harbour
Portree is located in Highland
Location within the Isle o Skye
Population2,491 [1]
OS grid referenceNG483454
Cooncil area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnitit Kinrick
Post tounPORTREE
Postcode destrictIV51
Diallin code01478
EU PairlamentScotland
UK Pairlament
Scots Pairlament
Leet o places
57°24′43″N 6°11′31″W / 57.412°N 6.192°W / 57.412; -6.192Coordinates: 57°24′43″N 6°11′31″W / 57.412°N 6.192°W / 57.412; -6.192

Portree (Scots Gaelic: Port Rìgh, pronounced [pʰɔrˠʃt̪ˈtʰɾiː]) is the lairgest toun on Skye in the Inner Hebrides o Scotland.[2] It is the location for the anerly seicontar schuil on the island, Portree High School. Public transport services are limitit tae buses.

Portree haes a harbour, fringit bi cliffs, wi a pier designed bi Thomas Telford.[3]

Attractions in the toun include the Aros centre which celebrates the island's Gaelic heritage. Further airts proveesion is made throu airts organisation ATLAS Arts, a Creative Scotland regularly-fundit organisation.[4] The town also serves as a centre for tourists exploring the island.[5]

The Royal Hotel is the steid o MacNab's Inn, the last meetin place o Flora MacDonald an Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746.[2][6]

The toun plays host tae the Isle o Skye's shinty club, Skye Camanachd.[7] They play at Pairc nan Laoch abuin the toun on the road tae Struan.

Aroond 939 fowk (37.72% o the population) can speak Scots Gaelic.

The A855 road leads north oot o the toun, passin throu veelages such as Achachork, Staffin an passes the rocky landscape o the Storr afore reachin the landslip o the Quiraing.

Map o Skye showin Portree

Etymologie[eedit | eedit soorce]

The current name, Port Rìgh translates as 'king's port', possibly frae a visit by Keeng James V o Scotland in 1540. Housomeivver this etymologie haes been contestit, syne James did no arrive in peaceful times. The aulder name appears tae hae been Port Ruighe(adh), meanin "slope harbour".[8]

Prior tae the 16t century the dounset's name wis Kiltaraglen ('the kirk o St. Talarican') frae Gaelic Cill Targhlain.

Portree shale[eedit | eedit soorce]

Portree shale is a geologic association in the vicinity o Portree, the existence o which is linkit wi potential petroleum occurrences o commercial importance.[9]

In feection[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • 'The Portree Kid' wis a amusin ballad sung bi the Corries.
  • Portree is the hame o a feectional profeesional Quidditch team in the Harry Potter universe cried the 'Pride of Portree'.[10]
  • The film Made of Honor pairtially taks place in Portree. A sweepin shot o the toun's main street is shown.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Census 2001". Population figures. Archived frae the original on 27 Mey 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2005.
  2. a b Murray, W.H. (1966) The Hebrides. London. Heinemann. Pages 154-155.
  3. Portree Regeneration (15 September 2007). "Portree". Archived frae the original on 17 November 2007.
  4. "ATLAS Arts - bringing art and audiences together in Skye and Lochalsh". Creative Scotland. Creative Scotland. Archived frae the original on 30 Januar 2016. Retrieved 3 Januar 2016.
  5. "Portree" Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved on 15 September 2007.
  6. Haswell-Smith, Hamish. (2004) The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh. Canongate. Pages 173-4
  7. "Skye Camanachd" skyecamanachd.com. Retrieved 26 September 2007.
  8. Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2003) Ainmean-àite/Placenames. (pdf) Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  9. C.Michael Hogan, (2011) Sea of the Hebrides. Eds. P. Saundry & C.J.Cleveland. Encyclopedia of Earth. National Council for Science and the Environment. Washington DC.
  10. Whisp, Kennilworthy (2001). Quidditch Through the Ages. WhizzHard Books. pp. 31–46. ISBN 1-55192-454-4.