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English namePortree
Gaelic namePort Rìgh
Meaningthe king’s port
Genitive formPhort Rìgh

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Portree
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townPORTREE
Postcode areaIV51
Relevant main roadsA87
OS sheet number410
OS grid referenceNG482436
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG port ~ harbour; rìgh ~ king
Element typewater associated (except marsh)

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. port, masc. ‘harbour’ + gen. sg. of rìgh, ‘king’ = ‘the king’s port’
Portry, Loch Portrÿ 1654 Blaeu Map (Skye)
Portree 1776 Mackenzie: South part
Portree 1804 Heather
Port rìgh Dwelly 1912
Port Rìg Watson 1926,158
port righ Forbes, 283
Port Rìgh Sorley Maclean, An t-Eilean
Port Rìgh King’s harbour. Mac an Tàilleir
Port Rìgh previous signage
Port Ruigh local source Sòdhaigh
Additional infoMac an Tàilleir: The name is said originally to have been Port Ruighe, slope harbour.
The issue of whether the form should be ruighe or rìgh is controversial. The name now seems to be generally understood as Port Rìgh, regardless of what the original may have been.
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