Sailing or cruising in the waters around Skye is one of the best ways to experience and enjoy all that this area has to offer. It allows you to explore at leisure and to feel quite at one with nature and the peace and tranquillity that can be found on the water. By comparison to other more famous overseas cruising areas, or even those to be found further south on the Scottish West Coast, the greater area of Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross is still relatively unexplored by many sailors and cruisers. This means quiet anchorages to yourself with no vying for space or racing to find that perfect spot to drop the hook.
Sailing from Portree offers almost endless opportunities to explore the beaches, tiny islets and anchorages of the east coast of Skye and west coast of Raasay. Here are 5 of the best spots, within easy reach of Portree, with its pontoon with fuel and water, visitor moorings and shops. However, the spots are relatively difficult to reach by land, meaning that you will often have them to yourself.