Portree Independent Hostel is ideally located in the centre of Portree, the picturesque capital of the Isle of Skye. Portree is Clan Macdonald territory.
The National Geographic Traveller magazine ranked the Isle of Skye as the 4th best Island in the world. BBC Nature's Calendar described the island as "Scotland in miniature" because of its diverse range of scenery.
The hostel, once the main post office for the island, has been converted into a hostel with bags of character whilst being well provided with excellent facilities.
The spacious kitchen and dining room, housed in the original sorting room, is the perfect place to meet other backpackers whilst enjoying the fabulous view across Portree Bay to the Cuillins from the window.
The reception and lounge is the original post office counter area, still with the original safe, clock, service counter and poste restante pigeonholes, and nowadays has a TV, internet access, WiFi and comfy sofas. The hostel sleeps 60 in rooms with up to four beds, whilst there are larger dormitories sleeping 6, 10 and 12. One dorm is suitable for disabled guests with an en-suite wheelchair-friendly bathroom.
The hostel is situated right in the centre of the island's largest town, Portree, just a hundred metres from the bus station in the village square. The hostel makes an ideal base for touring Skye, with fantastic hill walks, boat trips from the beautiful nearby harbour, wildlife, mountaineering, ancient castles and turbulent history all within reach.
Within easy walking distance are all necessary amenities, including Somerfield supermarket just a couple of blocks away, banks with cash machines, the main tourist information centre, car and bicycle hire, as well as a variety of eating places and several excellent pubs with regular live music (no curfew as passkeys are available).
Photo on left, and of MacDonald chiefs and pipe band above: ©Chris Watt.
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