Isle of Skye, or Skye, is the most northerly and largest major island in Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Its peninsulas radiate from the mountainous centre dominated by Cuillins, with its rocky slopes providing some of the country's most dramatic mountain scenery.
Skye has been occupied since Mesolithic period. Its history includes time of Norse rule as well as a long period of domination by Clan Donald and Clan MacLeod. 18th-century Jacobite risings ended with the breaking up of clan system and Clearances which replaced entire communities with sheep farms. Resident numbers declined from more than 20,000 in the early 19th century to under 9,000 by the closing decade of 20th century. The population of Skye increased by 4% between 1991-2001. In 2001 about 30% of the residents were Gaelic speakers, and despite the fact that their numbers decline, this aspect of culture remains important. The total area of Isle of Skye is 1,656 km2 (639 ml2).
The main industries on the island are agriculture, fishing, forestry and tourism. Skye is part of Highland Council local government area. The largest settlement on the island is Portree, famous for its picturesque harbour. Links are available to a variety of nearby islands by ferry and to mainland by a road bridge since 1995. The climate is wet, windy and mild. The abundant wildlife features the red deer, golden eagle and Atlantic salmon. Island's flora is dominated by heather moor. There are nationally prominent invertebrate populations on Skye's surrounding sea bed. Isle of Skye provided the locations for novels and feature films. It is also celebrated in song and poetry.
- Portree cruise port has a harbour with a pier. The town is popular as the home of the Quidditch team (Harry Potter) called 'Pride of Portree". Among the town's attractions is the Aros museum (Gaelic heritage themed). The name Portree could be translated as Port Rìgh (meaning "king's port") or as Port Ruighe (meaning "slope harbour").
- Armadale is a village in the island's southern end. There is a tourist centre located next to the Armadale Castle's ruins. Sabhal Mor Ostaig is a Gaelic learning centre. Armadale port is small, with a pier, and serves mainly the regular Caledonian MacBrayne ferries to Mallaig.
- Dunvegan is famous with its Dunvegan Castle (Clan MacLeod). In the recent years it becomes an increasingly popular holiday vacation destination.
Highlights: Isle of Skye, Dunvegan Castle, Quiraing gorge, Old Man of Storr
Isle of Skye cruise terminal
Most cruise ships to Skye Island dock (anchor) at Portree - port town (and the island's largest) located on the eastern coast. Other ports where smaller ships may dock (anchor) are Armadale and Dunvegan.
The Isle of Skye cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland.
If you lose the Isle of Skye location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Isle of Skye cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Isle of Skye, Portree, Scotland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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