Portree Bay

MOORINGS CLOSED: Unfortunately the Visitor Moorings in Portree have not been inspected this season and will not be available for use until the current Coronavirus restrictions are relaxed.

Welcome to Portree Harbour

Portree, with it’s picturesque working harbour, located on the east coast of the Isle of Skye, is the administrative capital and largest settlement on the Island, with a population of 2700. The village serves as home port to a varied range of charter boats, a long established shellfish fleet, a local Sailing Club and a plethora of local pleasure craft. The harbour and village welcomes water borne visitors whom we hope will enjoy the many restaurants, hostelries and commercial services that Portree and the wider Island community has to offer. Fuel, gas, marine engineering, boat repair, provisioning etc… are readily available in the locality. All corners of the Island can be accessed from the village, providing opportunities for a more intimate experience of the majestic scenery and wildlife of Skye, of the many crofting townships, hidden bays, sea inlets and mountains. The main ferry ports of Armadale (connecting with Mallaig) and Uig (connecting with North Uist and Harris) are also within easy reach.

The inner visitors’ trot provides 5 moorings, at 25 metre centres, all utilising chain risers. These moorings were realigned at wider centres in 2016, to reduce the potential for boats to clash at low tides. Please note, there are 7 yellow buoys in total on this trot but the 2 innermost moorings are private, only the outermost 5 are checked and maintained by PMA, and are available to visitors.

The 8 moorings off the north shore of Portree Bay (also with yellow buoys) have all been replaced, are generously spaced, and are suitable for mooring lengthier craft.


The Portree Moorings Association

The Portree Moorings Association was formed in 1989 when it was granted a Section 34 Agreement over an area of seabed in Portree Bay for the purpose of laying moorings for use by both locals and visitors. Portree is unique in having exemption from Council powers in respect of laying and maintenance of moorings under The Highland Harbours Order 1991.

The Association boasts close to 70 members at present, and is managed by a proactive committee combined with an enthusiastic membership, all of whom are keen to maintain investment in both the moorings and wider harbour infrastructure.

Through funding from the Crown Estates, via Marine Stewardship Grants; plus assistance from The Highland Council and the Local Enterprise Company, the Association has provided mooring trots for 25 smaller boats and 16 larger yachts/commercial vessels to date. In addition, thirteen visitor moorings have been laid and long established fisherman’s swinging moorings have been re-aligned to optimise use of the available space in the harbour.