Speed bonnie SUV like a bird on the wing, over the bridge to Skye.
OK, maybe the song doesn’t survive an update, but the island remains a beguiling choice for a getaway, the ideal spot for fleeing the cares of the city.
That’s the thought behind today’s Big Deal at the Portree Hotel, in the heart of Skye’s main settlement. Look forward to a relaxing break in a cosy island hostelry, with Skye’s glorious scenery on your doorstep.
It would be the perfect festive gift to spring on a loved one who might fancy joining you on the road to the Isles.
The Portree Hotel, dating from 1875 is a town landmark, centrally located, overlooking Somerled Square. The harbour is a short walk away and the majestic Cuillins offer a spectacular backdrop.
Available Thursday to Monday, today’s Big Deal offers an overnight stay for two in a standard double room, with full Scottish breakfast and a bottle of house red or white wine on arrival.
The 24 redesigned en-suite rooms offer all the amenities of a contemporary hotel, including 32” flat screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers and irons.
Part of any Skye winter getaway is looking forward to a relaxed evening and possible a local malt or two. The hotel’s Antlers Bar and Grill and West Highland Bar have wood burning stoves that create a cosy, family-friendly atmosphere. There is live music at weekends through the winter.
Those who choose to dine at the hotel can enjoy menus with a strong Scottish accent, using locally-sourced produce wherever possible. Seafood, fish and venison are highlights of a wide-ranging and inventive menu, with plenty of vegetarian choices.
Out and about
Skye remains a favourite destination for hikers, climbers and cyclists, even in the colder months. For those that enjoy braving the elements, this is great walking country.
Highlights for visitors including the stunning Quiraing rock formation in Trotternish and dramatic Dunvegan Castle and its nearby coral beaches. Indoor options include the Aros visitor centre in Portree with its St Kilda exhibition, theatre and cinema. Of course, there is also the Talisker distillery, where the tour includes a sample dram.
Reviews on TripAdvisor have been highly complimentary about the Portree Hotel. These are some examples, edited for length:
‘Fantastic hotel, great location, VERY good food, clean, very very nice people. Really could not ask for more, made us feel right at home.’
‘Our room was very clean and up to date, restaurant was good, the bar had a rustic feel that went well with the location. Staff were very helpful.’
‘The hotel has an excellent location as a base and the rooms are clean and modern. The venison salad was excellent and the live music an added bonus. I will be back.’
Today’s Big Deal at the Portree Hotel offers the perfect trip on the run up to the new year, and is ideal for a post-Christmas getaway to look forward to in 2019.
Skye is a romantic destination whatever the season and this overnight break would be a brilliant Christmas gift idea for any bonnie prince or devoted Flora.