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Portree, Isle of Skye

Portree harbour looking out to the island of Raasay and beyond:-

Portree, Isle of Skye, Looking Out To Raasay

Portree harbour, pierside buildings:-

Portree Harbour

Great Wars Memorial Portree, overlooking harbour. Upper inscription (gold lettering) is the same Gaelic phrase that appears on Portree’s War Memorial, Mairidh An Cliu Go Bragh:-

Great Wars Memorial Portree

The lower inscription reads, “Lest we forget. Donated by Seoid Portree Primary School War Time Memorial Project 2002-2003. Donated to thank the community. In memory of all who sacrificed so much in The Great Wars”:-

Inscription Great Wars Memorial Portree

Portree War Memorial

Portree is the main town on the Isle of Skye. Not big in the grand scheme of things but it has enough non-chain shops not to be boring.

The War Memorial is in the town square. It takes the form of a lion-surmounted pillar on a hexagonal base, name panels on five of the lower hexagonal planes. The supplementary (upper) panel is for 1939-45.

The stone wreath here is inscribed 1914-1919, the panel under it, “To the glory of God and in grateful memory of the soldiers and sailors from the mainland of Portree Parish and from South Snizort who died for their country in the Great War 1914-1919. Eternal Honour to the true and brave who for their native land their life blood gave. And in Gaelic, “Mairidh An Cliu Go Bragh”:-

Portree War Memorial 3

The supplementary upper panel below is for 1939-45 (and includes Private Alice Buchanan ATS) plus a soldier of the Korean War, Private Alastair M Annan.

Portree War Memorial 1

Again the supplementary upper panel is for 1939-45:-

Portree War Memorial 2

Bridges on Skye

From Kyle of Lochalsh we travelled over the sea to Skye – not in a bonny boat but via the bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh.

On the way on to Portree I spotted a lovely old bridge over the River Sligachan. I made sure to stop on the way back to photograph it.

It was an atmospheric day with mist shrouding the hills and rain making fitful appearances:-

An Old Bridge on Skye

Old Bridge on Skye From Angle

Just off to the left there was a smaller bridge over a smaller burn:-

Smaller Old Bridge on Skye 2

Reverse angle of old bridge. The newer bridge over the Sligachan can be seen through the first arch:-

Old Bridge on Skye (New Bridge through Arch)

The newer bridge:-

Newer Bridge on Skye

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