Tobermory

Town in Isle of Mull

Tobermory Waterfront
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It is a bustling little harbour lined with rainbow coloured houses and shopfronts. It is located on the east coast of Mishnish, the most northerly part of the island, near the northern entrance of the Sound of Mull.  It’s the perfect place for a stroll, the pier is lined with fishing ropes and creels, a very scenic viewpoint overlooking the bay. In nice weather, grab an ice cream and hang out on a harbour bench or you can walk along Tobermory waterfront.

If the weather is poor try The Mishnish or MacDonald Arms, or join a Tobermory distillery tour. Arts hub An Tobar is well worth the short walk from the harbour. The Mull Museum, a small but with many interesting artifices about the history of Mull. A short walk from Mull Museum will take you to Tobermory Distillery, and enjoy the Whiskey tour.

Tobermory is the capital town of Isle of Mull and has the largest settlement in island.

Visiting Tobermory

Duration: 2 hours

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Portree

Town in Isle of Skye

Portree, the main town on the Isle of Skye, situated on the east side of Skye overlooking a sheltered bay, is the capital of the island. It is surrounded by hills – Ben Tianavaig to the south and Suidh Fhinn or Fingal’s Seat to the west, both about 1000ft (413m and 312m respectively) and Ben Chrachaig, much lower (144m) to the north. Further north along the road to Staffin is the Old Man of Storr – a very popular walk. Across the bay to the east, the Island of Raasay can be seen with its distinctive conical hill, Dun Caan.

Portree is only about 200 years old and was created as a fishing village at the beginning of the 19th century by the then Lord MacDonald. The name Portree or Port Righ, King’s Port in Gaelic, (as on the road signs) is popularly thought to derive from a visit by King James V (of Scotland) in 1540 but the area around the harbour was called Portree or Portray long before the arrival of the king. Its name really comes from the Gaelic for Port on the Slope.

The village has banks, churches, cafes and restaurants, a cinema at the Aros Centre, a swimming pool and library at the school, gift and book shops, a tourist information centre, petrol filling stations and supermarkets, one in the village and a larger one out on the Dunvegan Road.

The village hosts numerous annual events, such as the Portree Show, the Isle of Skye half marathon and the Islands largest event the Skye Highland Games drawing visitors and locals alike.

A visit to the tourist office before leaving Portree is advisable. It is well sign posted and staffed by helpfully well informed locals. They equip visitors with maps and printable directions to attractions throughout the island.

Visiting Portree

Duration: 20 minutes

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