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Eliza_J Mar 27th, 2009 11:11 AM

Scotland advice need! Getting from Portee to The Three Chimneys

Though I know reservations are hard to come by I'd like book a lunch or dinner at The Three Chimneys while on Skye on May. My home base will be the town of Portee and am wondering if anyone can give me any idea of how long the drive is from Portee to Colbost, Dunvegan.

I won't have car, so I'll need to take a cab. Has anyone made this journey? If so, how long did it take, much was it and was the meal worth the trip?


janisj Mar 27th, 2009 03:02 PM

it is about 25 miles - and a local will drive it lickety split - probably about 35+ minutes. Have no idea how much the fare would be. But you probably can contract w/ a local driver to do it for a flat rate.

sheila Mar 28th, 2009 06:13 AM

I would agree. Allow 45 minutes just in case of sheep.

I have not eaten at the Three Chimneys, but it is one of my outstanding ambitions. If you're not date sensitive go mid-week, it'll be easier getting a booking. I've never seen a bad review, and there was one in one of last weekend's papers- can't remember if it was the Scotsman, on Saturday, or Scotland on Sunday, which made it sound just as good as it ever was. They did say they couldn't taste the Drambuie in the custard, however.

found it:-

MissPrism Mar 28th, 2009 06:43 AM

I have been to the Three Chimneys for lunch several times and really like it.
The setting is beautiful, the food is excellent and the staff are pleasant and professional.
One word of warning is to book lunch for 12.30
It's one of those places where they don't try to chuck you out, so later lunchers might face delays.
While you are there, you might like to visit the Skye Silver shop just up the road.
You can see the kind of thing they sell at
Prices vary from around £30 to around £500 with plenty in between.

Eliza_J Mar 29th, 2009 06:49 AM

"allow 45 minutes in case of sheep"--I love that!

Thanks everyone for the insight. I think I will try to wrangle a reservation. I am date sensitive since my tour is booked. I'll be there on a weekend.

Miss Prism-- it sounds like you live near(in?) Skye. Do you have any info on taxi rates?

sheila Mar 29th, 2009 08:07 AM

Have a look at this

MissPrism Mar 29th, 2009 09:41 AM

Sorry, we live in England and so do not know about Skye taxi rates.
We have regular trips to Scotland, staying in a bothy on the Attadale Estate.
I can recommend it, the website is

Even if you don't stay there, the gardens are worth a visit.
Anyway, when we are there, we like to pop over to Skye for the day.

KayF Mar 29th, 2009 10:52 AM

We ate there about two years ago for lunch and loved it. The food was excellent, as was the service. It's in a very pretty, isolated spot but was raining when we were there - in summer - so we didn't hang around outside taking photos. We were staying in Portree and drove there, it did take a while but can't remember details.

Why not ask your B&B to book a local driver to take you there and pick you up as well? Or the restaurant may be able to suggest a driver to do that for you. It must happen a bit so people are able to have a few drinks with their lunch/dinner. The other thing I just thought of is your B&B will tell you how long it should take.


historytraveler Mar 29th, 2009 02:00 PM


Here are a couple of email addresses for you. I've used both D. Nicolson and Kyleakin before and was pleased with the service.

email: [email protected]

email: [email protected]

Try this website for all taxi listings in Skye.

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