Portree is the largest town on the Isle of Skye and has the only high school. (It is also the location for one of the fictional Quidditch teams in the Harry Potter Series.)

I had seen pictures and was very excited about seeing the real thing – especially the painted harbor shoppes.

The day continued cold and rainy and our first stop was the Mackenzie Coffee and Bakery to have some cream of tomato soup – which tasted delicious. We then dashed from one store to another in the rain, but I was determined to find those painted shoppes. (The town was surrounded by harbor, so we had to ask for directions.)

Later, as we were leaving, we noticed a wedding was happening in the church. Ladies in their Ascot-worthy hats and men in their kilts. We did not, however, see the bridal party – but we did hear the bagpiper play.

(SCOTLAND FACT: The thistle is the national flower of Scotland.)

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