Good basic eating

Good, straightforward food - at reasonable prices

Aros Portree

The restaurant at the Aros Centre on the southern edge of Portree is basic, but it deserves a recommendation. It has the look of a large self-service motorway type operation, but there is table service throughout. There is a standard, plastic encapsulated menu with breakfasts, filled rolls, burgers, toasted sandwiches and the like. There are also plenty of good things chalked up on the blackboards.

The macaroni cheese is particularly fine...with chips, of course.

The café is the front part of the Caledonian Hotel on Wentworth Street in Portree. In there is served what is probably the best traditional breakfast in Portree. They do a decent egg, sausage, bacon or lorne roll, and a few other bits and pieces such as croissants. But it's the full breakfast that makes it worth a visit. It's freshly cooked, it's well cooked and it's served with toast, coffee and a smile.

At lunchtime you'll find a wide enough choice that everyone should find something to tempt them. And the evening menu is very good too. The ambiance - necessarily - is still basic 'café', but a few candles and beautifully presented food more than compensate. Great value too. It's open all year round.

Chelle Kitchen

Chelle's Kitchen is a great place for a bite to eat in Portree. It's a bit out of the way from the village itself, but there's a lot to be said for making the effort to get to it. You'll find it here. The food is good, the value for money is excellent, and the place is clean and friendly. I like it a lot.

Chelle's doubles as the canteen of the West Highland College, on Struan Road, so you're likely to find yourselves in amongst students and staff as well as other customers while you eat. It's none the worse for that though. And you get to clear up your own table when you've finished! 

 

Stuart's Portree

The Chippy (formerly Stuart's) is at the top of Quay Brae in Portree. Great fish, great chips.  This is not the only fish and chip takeaway in the village, but it's the only one I ever use.

View from the Columba 1400 cafe

Columba 1400 is a leadership centre in Staffin that offers wonderful opportunities to young people from difficult backgrounds. You can find out lots about it from its own website.

More relevant to this guide is the fact that Columba 1400 has a great catering facility that is open to the public during the summer months. If you need to find a meal at the noth end of Trotternish, this should be your first choice.

Deli Gasta Broadford

Gasta is a treat. A sandwich and coffee place that really does everything very, very well indeed. You'll find friendly, efficient staff, a nice environment if you choose to eat in, glasses and jugs of cold water to help yourself to, some well selected Skye gifts and goodies to buy while you're there - but most importantly, great coffee and fantastic, tasty, overfilled and well presented sandwiches.

Gasta 1

 

The Granary, Portree

The Granary, like most eating places in Portree, can be very busy in the summer season. Generally worth waiting for though, with decent service, surroundings and food. It's one of the best options for good basic eating in the village.

 

Isle of Skye Baking Company

The Isle of Skye Baking Company is a small local operation producing a range of great quality breads, shortbreads, oatcakes, biscuits and cakes. Their products are all a just bit different - and a bit special.

Their bakery, shop and cafe are located in the old Portree Wool Mill, up a lane on the left as you head out of Portree on the Dunvegan/Uig road.

You won’t find the prices cheap, but everything is made by hand, using good raw ingredients – many of those from Skye itself. Decent coffee too...

Kilmartin Cafe Staffin

The Kilmartin is the café end of the community owned and run shop and village hall in Staffin. It's a good stopping off point on a trip round the Trotternish peninsula. The nice people here will look after you, serving up good basic food with a smile and with care. The coffee machine turns out a quality mugfull too.

Sligachan Hotel

Seumas' Bar is the informal, fun and noisy bit of the famous Sligachan Hotel. Well used by visitors and mountaineers from the camp site across the road, the lively bar serves a good range of basic, largely home-made, meals at decent prices. You can get food all day here and it's well situated at a key road junction.

The Waterfront is on the, er, waterfront in Broadford - close to the junction of the Elgol road. Good chips are not easy to find on Skye. This place is the best.

Everything I've tried has been very good, and I have had good reports from friends too. If in doubt about what to order, try a haggis supper. You really won't regret it!