Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The run of brightly painted buildings down the south-west side is especially striking, as is the natural stone and whitewashed buildings on the north-west side. Portree sits in a superb natural setting, surrounded by high ground and cliffs giving a sense of the rugged nature of Scotland's isles. Historically the small town was the setting for Bonnie Prince Charlie's last days in Scotland. Today the harbour continues to work in a way that has changed little in centuries, still being used by local fishing boats. While relatively tranquil compared to other larger portside towns, Portree is nevertheless a bustling port and a thriving cultural centre. Attractions in the town include the Skye Heritage Centre and the associated Aros Experience, designed to bring to life the history and experience of Skye. Also the VisitScotland Information Centre in the town boasts an excellent display of locally produced arts and crafts.