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TITLE
Portree from the Meall, Skye
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_CARD_174
PLACENAME
Portree
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12966
KEYWORDS
villages
harbours
Portree from the Meall, Skye

This lightly tinted postcard shows Portree at the turn of the 20th century. The sender stayed at Beaumont House, the end house in the line of substantial dwellings on the shore front of Beaumont Crescent. Out of the picture to the left is the pier and running up behind, is Quay Brae leading to the main part of the village. The photograph was taken from the Meall, the promontory which juts out into Loch Portree giving panoramic views of the loch, harbour and surrounding hills.

Portree was originally known as Kiltaraglen, and according to legend the name changed to Port an Righ after King James V anchored his fleet in the bay in 1540 to meet with local chiefs. Located centrally with a good sheltered harbour, it was a convenient choice for people to assemble from all over the island to enjoy the event. Years later Sir James MacDonald made great plans to improve the lives of his tenants on Skye, part of that being to enlarge Portree and turn it into a centre of local trade and industry. His untimely death at only 25, and a successor far short of his vision and enlightenment, left these grand plans unfulfilled.

Portree continued to grow and become the largest settlement on the Isle of Skye. The harbour was central to its growth and economy, with fleets of boats stopping during the height of the herring industry, and vessels delivering tourists to explore the north of the island. With improvement to the roads, service by sea became less profitable and finally passenger, cargo and mail service on a daily basis stopped.


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Portree from the Meall, Skye

INVERNESS: Portree

villages; harbours

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Dualchas Postcards

This lightly tinted postcard shows Portree at the turn of the 20th century. The sender stayed at Beaumont House, the end house in the line of substantial dwellings on the shore front of Beaumont Crescent. Out of the picture to the left is the pier and running up behind, is Quay Brae leading to the main part of the village. The photograph was taken from the Meall, the promontory which juts out into Loch Portree giving panoramic views of the loch, harbour and surrounding hills.<br /> <br /> Portree was originally known as Kiltaraglen, and according to legend the name changed to Port an Righ after King James V anchored his fleet in the bay in 1540 to meet with local chiefs. Located centrally with a good sheltered harbour, it was a convenient choice for people to assemble from all over the island to enjoy the event. Years later Sir James MacDonald made great plans to improve the lives of his tenants on Skye, part of that being to enlarge Portree and turn it into a centre of local trade and industry. His untimely death at only 25, and a successor far short of his vision and enlightenment, left these grand plans unfulfilled. <br /> <br /> Portree continued to grow and become the largest settlement on the Isle of Skye. The harbour was central to its growth and economy, with fleets of boats stopping during the height of the herring industry, and vessels delivering tourists to explore the north of the island. With improvement to the roads, service by sea became less profitable and finally passenger, cargo and mail service on a daily basis stopped. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />