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Portree Parish Church

A welcoming congregation

Based in Somerled Square in the centre of Portree, Portree Parish Church has been welcoming visitors since 1854. Built initially as a Free Church, the building became a United Free Church in 1900 before becoming part of the Church of Scotland in 1929.

We aim to be a welcoming, inclusive community and to respond to local needs in a variety of ways. Our hall is also functional space for hire in the centre of the village and used by many groups including the local food bank.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Sunday services update

4 April 2022

Covid Regulations

While the wearing of face-coverings and maintaining social distancing is no longer a legal requirement, The Scottish Government and the Church of Scotland advice is that in indoor settings the continuation of these practices should be encouraged.

With the continuing high number of cases of Covid cases in and around Portree, and the increasing number of visitors to our island we would strongly recommend that :-

  • Face-coverings (unless exempt) should still be worn in the church and throughout the service – including during the singing of praise items.
  • Social distancing on entry to, and exit from the church as well as when sitting in the pews – the small markers on the pew shelves are spaced at 1-metre intervals.

The existing cleaning and disinfecting regimes will continue with the church fully sanitised after each service.

All these procedures are designed to minimise the risks to anyone attending worship in the church.

The Kirk Session agreed on 10 March to restart Sunday evening services commencing at 6pm from Sunday 3 April 2022.

All are also welcome to the weekly Bible Study and Prayer Meeting in the church on Tuesdays at 6pm during winter, returning to the usual time of 7pm after Easter.



Like many other churches, the Church of Scotland was instructed that all gatherings for worship should cease from Wednesday 17 March 2020 until further notice. From Sunday 4 October we resumed a Sunday morning service at 11am subject to the arrangements detailed above, and Sunday worship continued to be posted on the website for those unable to attend. Due to national guidance services in the church stopped again on 20 December 2020. We are now pleased to be able to restart Sunday morning services from 28 March 2021, and details can be found on the News & Intimations page.

The Minister remains available by telephone on 01478 611 868 for information, prayers, comfort or any possible help needed. 

Online daily worship is available on the SANCTUARY FIRST website.

Please contact the minister should  funeral arrangements be required. 

Above all, in this time of crisis, remember :



So, BE STILL AND KNOW THAT HE IS GOD (Psalm 46)                                                                                  

The Minister

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News and Intimations

Minister's Messages

Magazine – Easter 2022
Pulpit Fall, Portree

RSS Church of Scotland News

Mission Statement

We believe that our worship should be God-glorifying. relevant and Christ-centred, leading people of all ages to be brought to a saving faith in Jesus Christ;  that unity and prayer are essential to the life and witness of our Church;  and that all should receive a warm and caring welcome to our Church;  and help and comfort given to those in need.


“Let love and faithfulness never leave you ;
bind them round your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favour and a good name
in the sight of God and man”