Our lack of toilet facilities has been a cause for concern for many years now. Increased population and tourism numbers have not seen such facilities in our area increase at a similar rate. The existing toilets on The Green, Portree are wholly inadequate for the number of persons using them during tourist season. In the height of summer they close at 8pm, awkward for those visiting village or e.g. wild camping in area. This has resulted in scrub ground round about being used as ‘a toilet’.
In 2016 we began talking with Highland Council, Lochalsh and Skye Housing, HIE, LEADER. We had identified a need for toilet facilities at Portree Pier, Bayfield as well as The Green toilets needing total refurbishment. This resulted in late 2017 our finally opening a two cubicle toilet unit at Portree Pier.
For Trust members this has been a steep learning curve, promised funding towards cleaning costs were withdrawn and we now find ourselves having to raise in excess of £4000 yearly to cover cleaning, supplies, insurance, water and electricity charges etc.
We will remain open to improvements to toilet facilities in the area; however as a Trust we do not feel that the cost should be shouldered entirely by the community. Toilets at the pier are available to use year round by donation (some seasonal closures may apply, please contact for more information).