Trees on The Lump

A walk up to and around 'The Lump' is easily the best stroll in Portree village. It can be done in under 30 minutes, though on a fine day you might well choose to take more than double that as you soak in the views. You'll find vistas of the Cuillin, of Loch Portree, of Beinn Tianabhaig, of Portree Pier and of the boats moored in Portree Bay. As well as that, there is the Apothecary's Tower to be visited, and the site of the annual Isle of Skye Highland Games. The Lump, properly known as Sron a' Mhill, has the most beautiful Scots Pine trees on it, together with some fine rhododendrons and lots of very cute rabbits.

 From the centre of Portree head past the Royal Bank of Scotland and towards the hospital. There is a gate on the left, just opposite the Portree Medical Centre, at the start of a surfaced track leading up to the Lump itself. A short way up the track you can leave it to climb a stepped path on the left which rises to the Apothecary's Tower.

The Apothecary's Tower

The tower was built as an indication to passing ships that Portree could offer medical supplies and expertise to any who needed them. A climb up the more modern spiral stair within the tower takes you to a fine viewpoint for Portree harbour and the north of the village.

Heading southwards from the tower and you find yourself in the man-made amphitheatre that hosts the Highland Games each August. It is a good spot for a picnic or for some sunbathing when the weather is right. (It does happen sometimes!)

The Lump

Once the games field has been explored, and the views from that level enjoyed and photographed, you can go directly down the surfaced track towards the gate by which you entered, but don't go through it - the best of the walk is yet to come. Just before the gate, take the footpath that heads left into the trees. Following this path will take you on a circumnavigation of the Lump, bringing you back into the village by the Skye Gathering Hall, close to the Royal Bank.

Path round the Lump

The path is not particularly dangerous, but it is narrow and the drops to the water below are steep, so care should be taken - especially so if the ground is wet. The rewards are huge though, as you can see from the pictures here.

Loch Portree from the Lump

Portree Harbour from the Lump