Am Praban Bar: Great Pub with a Gaelic Theme
The wood-lined Am Praban bar probably is your best bet for a great night out in South Skye. The bar belongs to the award-winning Isle Ornsay Hotel, owned by Sir Ian Noble, a slightly eccentric and unbelievably rich merchant banker with a big heart for the Gaelic cause. Whereas Mr. Noble does not particularly like people who do NOT speak Gaelic, the friendly staff will of course cater for both the Gaelic and the English-only speakers. Great food from the award winning (and much more expensive) Hotel kitchen. Sometimes live music. The bar is not that big and tends to get quite full.
Sadly, Mr. Noble does not care as much about disabled access as he cares about the Gaelic tongue. Several steps at the entrance. Not sure whether there is a disabled toilet within the premises.
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King Haakon, Kyleakin: Backpacker Local
This pub on the water front seems to be rather popular with both locals and guys from the youth hostels too. It's one of the three bars in the village, none really got me excited, this seemed the least offensive. It's a nice enough place, and of course the fact that smoking inside public buildings such as pubs is banned these days, makes drinking here a pleasant experience. There is a nice spot to stand out on, on busier, warmer evenings next to the water. The place has some cheesy bands playing occasional weekends that could be fun in a retro kind of ironic way. Maybe...
Dress Code: No real dress code, just your average boozer.
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Area around Somerled Square: Night life in Portree
To be honest on first impressions, we thought Portree was a little rough on a Friday night, it was full of absolutley blind drunk Scotsmen. The first pub i was asked if i had any drugs on me, do i look that shady????
The truth is they are really just rough diamonds to be honest, and eventually got speaking to some of the locals who were friendly enough (even though we were English) and were quite accommodating. On first impressions can be seen as rather daunting, but please dont let it put you off - they like a drink and are rowdy and the people of Portree make no appologies for this, they just like a good time!
Dress Code: What!!!! here you are joking! if anything dont dress up!
The Isles Inn, Portree: Excellent Pub
A warm hospitable welcome is guaranteed at The Isles Inn.
Good for just a quiet drink by the fire after a long day out in the wilds.
They also serve excellent food and I recommend giving yourself enough time to wait for your table.
Dress Code: Informal, normal casual pub attire.
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The Locals Drink: Day light until 11pm in Summer
There is not a lot of choice for night life on Skye:
In summer, if the weather is favourable, you can explore outdoors and watch sunsets, playful otters and seals. But many a summer evening is plagued by midges and being outdoors is impossible (well, not fun).
You best option is to head to the pub / bar and hopefully live music. The main town, Portree, has bars competing for your business with various types of music, most nights, and certainly at weekends.
It seems all of Skye is there, escaping the midges, boredom and keen to drink. Too much it seems. Music styles vary from 80's cover songs to contemporary bagpipe whirls, with a big dose of traditional playing too.
Stay a few nights and you'll start to see a pattern, hear the same repeated tunes, see the nightly queue at the burger van and the drunken shouts of teenagers.
The Aros Centre (10 minute walk out of Portree) offers good alternatives, with concerts and films, which are very popular with those less keen on roudy bars and those in need of stimulation not inebriation.
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