Books & gifts
Carmina Gadelica, Portree
The name means 'song of the gael'. There are books here in Gaelic, including poetry, novels, and learners texts, but most of the stock is in English. They carry a nicely balanced range, with something for virtually everyone. You will also find a selection of CDs of local and traditional music.
As well as books and music, this is where to get artists' materials when the mood takes you to capture and interpret some Skye scenery for yourself.
The bookshop is in Armadale House, Bank Street - near the top of the hill up from the pier in Portree.
Portree iCentre (tourist information office) has a selection of books and maps for sale. It is a good place to look for publications about the local area, as well as - of course - lots of other stuff.
You can find it at the back of the pay and display car park on The Green, opposite the Royal Hotel.
Tippecanoe is Portree's gift shop extraordinaire. It is just packed with quality, interesting and fun stuff.
You will find great novelties, jewellery, pictures, cards, books and lots more. But perhaps the best bit is that alongside lots of innovative, design-led gifts from Scotland and beyond, you'll find that much of the stock is carefully chosen from local Skye suppliers. There are great candles from Skyelight, bead jewellery from Skye's Little Gems, wee ceramic birds on driftwood from Armadale plus a wide selection of art and photograhy from many local artists - including John Bathgate, Diana Mackie, Peter McDermott, Ian Williams, Gordon Willoughby and Jim Woodman. They also stock a range of fair trade and eco-friendly gifts.
All of this comes with fair prices - and service with a big smile too!
Tippecanoe is easy to find on the south side of Wentworth Street in Portree, just opposite the Post Office.