Silversea Luxury Cruises To PORTREE (Isle of Skye)

PORTREE (Isle of Skye)

The Isle of Skye ranks near the top of most visitors' priority lists: the romance of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, combined with the misty Cuillin Hills and their proximity to the mainland all contribute to its popularity. Today Skye remains mysterious and mountainous, an island of sunsets that linger brilliantly until late at night and of beautiful, soft mists. Much photographed are the really old crofts, one or two of which are still inhabited, with their thick stone walls and thatch roofs. View more

Orientation on Skye is easy: follow the only roads around the loops on the northern part of the island and enjoy the road running the length of the Sleat Peninsula in southern Skye, taking the loop roads that exit to the north and south as you please. There are some stretches of single-lane road, but none poses a problem.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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ROME (Civitavecchia) To AMSTERDAM
  • Departure
    May 06 2020
  • Duration
    19 Days
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    Silver Whisper
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DUBLIN To AMSTERDAM
  • Departure
    May 15 2020
  • Duration
    10 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Whisper
From US$ 5,850
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DUBLIN To REYKJAVIK
  • Departure
    May 29 2020
  • Duration
    12 Days
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    Silver Cloud
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Excursions in PORTREE (Isle of Skye)

Charming Waternish Peninsular – Vistas & Sheepskin

Waternish is the central of the three most prominent peninsulas to project north west into the Minch from the Isle of Skye.

This easily overlooked but fascinating rural area offers a range of magnificent vistas and unspoiled countryside and is home to traditional crafts and charming historic villages. Today there will be plenty of breath-taking views and photo opportunities along the way.


Crossing the island pass through Skeabost, at the head of Loch Snizort Beag in the southern end of the Trotternish peninsula and on to Camuslusta and Lusta before arriving in the pretty village of Stein, the main harbor on the Waternish Peninsula.

As you continue up the peninsula from Stein, visit Skyeskyns tannery for a demonstration on how real sheepskins are made using time honoured methods of leather making - one of the oldest crafts known to man. You'll also be able to try your hand at finishing off one of the fleeces.

Enjoy a guided tour of the workshop and see the traditional implements used by the Tanner: the beam, paddles, racks and buffing wheel, horse and iron as well as the lengthy hand finishing processes, which help to create the world famous Highland hand-combed fleece, which is exclusive to Skyeskyns. If you wish, visit the showroom and browse through the comprehensive range of luxurious fleeces and quality leather goods. You'll also be able to take a complimentary gift home to remind you of the visit to this unique place.

Stop for refreshments at Skeabost Hotel, lovingly restored and stunningly refurbished former hunting lodge set in an idyllic location with spectacular views.

Dunvegan & The Cuillins

Depart the charming port of Portree and drive across the lovely Isle of Skye to its west coast to the castle of Dunvegan; seat of the Clan MacLeod chiefs since the 13th Century. One of the greatest and most renowned among the Hebridean strongholds, Dunvegan Castle is the only one to have been continuously owned and occupied by the same family over a period now spanning 8 centuries.


Within the castle are priceless heirlooms, some of which have come down through the hands of the Chiefs of MacLeod since medieval times, including such treasures as the Dunvegan cup, the mysterious Fairy Flag and Rory Mor's Horn. Explore the lovely gardens that surround the waterfall known as Rory Mor's cascade.


Enjoy the varied landscape including views of the dramatically beautiful Cuillin Mountains as you return to Portree.

Old Man Of Storr Hike

Departing Portree your route takes you through some beautiful coastal and hilly scenery as you head towards "Old Man of Storr" car park on the Trotternish Peninsula.

On arrival at the car park, the Ranger will give a quick safety brief before setting off. This very popular walk climbs up for a close look at the massive pinnacle "Old Man of Storr", one of Isle of Skye iconic landmarks. The walk is challenging in places but is achievable to the average walker.


En-route the ranger will talk about the geography and describe the next part of the walk. As you catch your breath, revel in the fresh air and fabulous vistas; Cameras out as snap shots are a must to keep the memories alight. At the top view scenes of the Islands of Raasay and Rona and beyond to the mainland, looking south, see "Storr Lochs", Portree Harbour and the magnificent Cuillin Hills (described as the hikers' dream).


On completion of your walk, return by coach to Portree.

Rona Cruise With Lunch

The tiny island of Rona is only a few miles long, off the coast of the Isle of Skye. Board the 40ft catamaran Seaflower, custom built in 2010, welcomed with a glass of Prosecco and enjoy a leisurely cruise to the stunning Rona Harbour. Sitting on the deck or flybridge, whatever the weather, is an invigorating experience offering fantastic views and photo opportunities. Take in the landscape with the iconic Storr and Cuillins along the way.


Landing on Rona the seafood lunch will be served on board MV Seaflower. Enjoy a fresh, locally caught, seafood lunch with refreshments. Langoustines, squat lobster tails, hot and cold smoked salmon will be accompanied by crusty bread, oatcakes, cream cheese, salad and wine.


Rona will offer many wildlife spotting opportunities. From seabirds to marine life, Rona also has a resident seal colony, so make sure you take a pair of our binoculars to hopefully view them basking on the rocks. The historical site of 'An Teampull', a small 14th century chapel, can be accessed on foot. Take a hike to the ruins of a settlement that dates back to the Scottish Clearances. Alternatively walk to the dramatic Church Cave, which was used for Sunday worship until 1912.


Return to Seaflower for the return journey to Portree.

Sunday Northern Skye Scenic Drive

Head North from Portree onto the Trotternish Peninsula. During your scenic tour today you will learn much of the fascinating history of the Isle of Skye and its geography and social history - in particular its crofting history.


Passing the curious rock outcrop known as the Old Man of Storr, continue to Lealt viewpoint to admire the stunning waterfall. Two vieving platforms offer fantastic vistas towards the falls and over the clifs.

Journey north to Kilt Rock - a dramatic 200-foot high cliff marked in an almost tartan-like pattern by the rock strata and with a waterfall tumbling sheer to the pebbled shore below. Enjoy some time here to absorb the scenery and take photographs.


Continuing your journey north, you will pass the crofting township of Staffin which overlooks the sandy Staffin Bay and drive around the northern tip of the island, hearing more of the myths and legends of Skye. On arrival at the settlement of Kilmuir your guide will give you a brief talk outside the thatched cottages, you will then continue on to the Graveyard to Flora McDonald's (Bonnie Prince Charlie's fame) grave. When visitors stand on this windswept and beautiful spot they are looking out over the Minch in the direction of the archipelago of the Western isles. It was from there that Flora and Bonnie Prince Charlie were brought over the sea to Skye on a stormy Saturday night at the end of June 1746. Continue through Uig and back to Portree.

Talisker Distillery

To connoisseurs of the "water of life", no visit to Scotland would be complete without a visit to a distillery. Head south and west from Portree today for a tour that will take you to the only malt whisky distillery on the Isle of Skye. The distillery is situated on the western shore of Loch Harport with dramatic views to the mighty Cuillins.


Here you will learn about the process of making Scotland's finest export - whisky. Your guided tour is, of course, followed by a 'wee dram' of the award winning Talisker 10 year old.


Enjoy the varied landscape and spectacular views with opportunities for photos as you return to Portree.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.