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    by Manara Updated Apr 7, 2010

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    The pier was built in 1818-1828 by the famous Scottish Engineer Thomas Telford, who was known in his time as ‘The Colossus of Roads’, a great builder of many infrastructures not just in Scotland but in the whole United Kingdom and also abroad. He built also the roads across the island that connect Portree with Uig and with Kyleakin.
    The harbour of Portree used to be a port for small fishermen’s boats, but after the pier was built it gained cargo traffic and better connections with the rest of Scotland: from 1826 Portree had a weekly service of steamers connecting it with West Loch Tarbert, Tobermory, Isleornsay and Kyleakin, and from 1851 it became a port of call for the weekly ship between Glasgow and Stornoway.
    The houses along Quay Street, parallel to the pier, built at the end of the 19th century, are a very picturesque sight.

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    A view from the Lump

    by Manara Updated Apr 7, 2010

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    The hill at the back of the pier is known as The Lump. It is beautiful with its many trees, bent by the strong sea winds, and it is worth visiting also because it is a great vantage point to look at the harbour. There is also a small tower, built in 1851. This tower has been restored and it is possible to climb to its top, for an even better view of the surrounding landscapes.
    If you go there in a nice weather is looks so idyllic that it is hard to believe that this place was used, in the old times, for public hangings.

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    by WorldRunner100 Written Jul 15, 2009

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    I don't think anyone goes to the Isle of Skye for Portree. But it is a nice little town to get something to eat, etc. A couple nice little shops. I posted some photos and more info on my travel blog at:
    http://adams-travel-blog.blogspot.com/2009/07/scotland-day-2.html

    If you have the time while you're on the Isle of Skye, I'd swing by if possible.

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Portree Warnings and Dangers

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    by Manara Updated Apr 7, 2010

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    In summer, during the high season, many organized tours stop in Portree and provide lunch here for their participants. This means that at a certain time in the morning several buses arrive in the main square, unleashing crowds of tourists who quickly fill the souvenir shops and the restaurants. This makes it very hard to get a table.
    I learned it on my first day in Portree, when I had to buy sandwiches in a grocery shop because of this problem.

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