|Scottish Gaelic: Port Rìgh|
Portree shown within the Highland council area
|OS grid reference|
|Lieutenancy area||Ross and Cromarty|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Ross, Skye and Lochaber|
|Scottish Parliament||Skye, Lochaber & Badenoch|
Portree (Scottish Gaelic: Port Rìgh, pronounced [pʰɔrˠʃt̪ˈtʰɾiː]) is the largest town on Skye in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. It is the location for the only secondary school on the Island, Portree High school. Public transport services are limited to buses.
Portree has a harbour, fringed by cliffs, with a pier designed by Thomas Telford. Attractions in the town include the Àros centre which celebrate the island's Gaelic heritage. The town also serves as a centre for tourists exploring the island.
Around 939 people (37.72%) of the population can speak Scottish Gaelic.
The current name, Port Rìgh translates as 'king's port', possibly from a visit by King James V of Scotland in 1540. However this etymology has been contested, since James did not arrive in peaceful times. The older name appears to have been Port Ruighe(adh), meaning "slope harbour".
Prior to the sixteenth century the settlement's name was Kiltaraglen ('the church of St. Talarican') from Gaelic Cill Targhlain.
Portree shale is a geologic association in the vicinity of Portree, the existence of which is linked with potential petroleum occurrences of commercial importance.
- 'The Portree Kid' was an amusing ballad sung by the Corries.
- Portree is the home of a fictional professional Quidditch team operating within the Harry Potter universe. The Pride of Portree are one of only thirteen Quidditch teams that play in the professional Quidditch League of Britain and Ireland that was established in 1674. The team players wear deep-purple robes emblazoned with a gold star on the chest.
- The film Made Of Honor partially takes place in Portree. A sweeping shot of the town's main street is shown.
- "Census 2001". Population figures. Retrieved August 17, 2005.
- Murray, W.H. (1966) The Hebrides. London. Heinemann. Pages 154-5.
- Portree Regeneration (15 September 2007). "Portree". Archived from the original on 17 November 2007.
- "Portree" Undiscovered Scotland. Retrieved on 15 September 2007.
- Haswell-Smith, Hamish. (2004) The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh. Canongate. Pages 173-4
- "Skye Camanachd" skyecamanachd.com. Retrieved 26 September 2007.
- Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2003) Ainmean-àite/Placenames. (pdf) Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
- 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.
- Whisp, Kennilworthy (2001). Quidditch Through the Ages. WhizzHard Books. pp. 31–46. ISBN 1-55192-454-4.
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