Portree Independent Hostel

…big, friendly and packed with character…

Right in the heart of Portree, the capital of Skye, Portree Independent Hostel, like its namesake town is no shrinking violet. 

The town is the largest on Skye. Focused on the harbour with those lovely pastel shaded houses and the imposing ‘lump’ behind, Portree has shops and services for everything the visitor needs. Yet it punches above its weight with the Aros theatre and arts centre, Highland games and folk music festival, to name but a few. 

Just liek its home town, the hostel is big, friendly and packed with character. Converted from the old post office and maintaining something of its former use’s features, the hostel sleeps 60 in a range of bunk rooms. Laden with welcome services like a large laundry (I can imagine falling upon that and weeping with relief after a long few weeks touring the highlands and eeking out the last T-shirt in my backpack); kitchen dining room in the sorting office; wifi and TV and big soft comfy chairs you’ll struggle to get up from.

Exploring the island is easy as all the buses come through Portree. But walking and cycling are surely the order of the day? Head out to the castles, the hill forts, the heather-y mountains, the caves and standing stones. Portree Independent Hostel is a perfect base.