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Portree Independent Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
Portree Independent Hostel is centrally located in the main town of Portree on the Isle of Skye. It’s a good base for all your explorations of the island. It’s a quirky little hostel, brightly painted throughout in reds and greens and blues and purples. Access to the hostel is by key card after hours -- make sure you get one if you’re going to come back after 10 p.m. in particular, as reception is not open twenty-four hours. (There is a small deposit, refundable when you return the card).

The Location

The hostel is just off Portree’s main square, from which all the buses depart (both local buses and long-distance coaches to points on the mainland). The tourist information office is just a short walk down the street.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorm rooms do not have locks or in-room lockers. Size varies from four to six beds with price varying accordingly (note that there is an additional charge if you’re paying by credit card). Bathrooms are not ensuite, but are individual toilet/shower combinations (that do have door locks!), with ample space to change and stow your shower gear.

Common Spaces

There is a huge kitchen/dining area with lots of room for food storage, and continental breakfast is provided in the morning for a small fee. Views over the harbour can be spectacular when it`s a clear day (which, sadly, doesn’t always happen on Skye).

There is a TV viewing/seating area attached to the reception area, with DVDs available to watch and books for exchange. There is one computer with internet access (on a paid basis) and Wi-Fi is available for a fee (with a range of options for length of time -- one hour, one day, three days, or one week).

The hostel was relatively empty when we visited, but it was the off-season; given the limited number of cheap accommodation options on Skye, it probably fills up quickly in the warmer months and has much more activity going on.


Portree Independent Hostel is a good base if you choose to stay in Portree, as you’re within easy reach of everything in town, and buses from the town go all over the island. Saturday bus schedules are limited, though, and there is no bus service on Sundays, so you’ll have to make other arrangements if you want to get out of town.

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December 2010

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5  I stayed in this hostel for almost a week in 2005 and met wonderful people, the staff included. Everything was very clean (including the kitchen, a rarity in the world of hostels) and the lounge was always filled with interesting conversations. The bathrooms are private, single-serve types, so no hopping around in a tiny shower stall while you try to put your clothes back on before coming out. Steps from the square, from where all the island's busses depart, it's perfectly located for a stay on Skye.  ()
5  This hostel was awesome. It is very clean and has an enormous kitchen that is fun to hang out in late into the night. Just be sure to be quiet after 11 p.m. and clean up after yourself. The bathroom was really, really clean!!!  ()

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