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Address: Skye Heritage Centre Viewfield Road, Portree IV51 9EU, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 1478 613750
09:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Aros is a popular visitor attraction and community cultural centre offering...

Aros is a popular visitor attraction and community cultural centre offering exhibition, cinema, live music, comedy, dance, drama, theatre, galleries and workshops. With a family friendly restaurant, gift shop and children's play areas. Our current exhibition is about St Kilda. Remote, spectacular and one of only a few places in the world with Dual World Heritage Status for both its natural and cultural significance, St Kilda is an isolated archipelago of volcanic islands. The exhibition offers a virtual perspective of this remote archipelago which tells the dramatic story of a remarkable people and their life style. The interactive exhibition provides the opportunity to virtually visit the remotest part of the British Isles and includes an interactive walk around Hirta.

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Always a pleasure.

We have visited the Aros centre as both tourists in the past and now as new Island residents. I agree it is a very different place in season and during the winter months. We think... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
kate S
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have visited the Aros centre as both tourists in the past and now as new Island residents. I agree it is a very different place in season and during the winter months. We think its important to support our local businesses, and make an effort to eat here and book seats at the live music events and cinema. If... More 

Thank kate S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The outside decorations build up your anticipation of something special, but sadly it is not. The layout of the gift section is cluttered and would be slightly difficult to navigate by someone with poor mobility. The staff appeared apathetic, or perhaps they were just tired after a busy weekend.

Thank HazellStrathpeffer
Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Aros centre is a very handy place to stop for a coffee or a lunch as there is usually ample parking spaces while Portree itself can often be a bit challenging for parking. The view across the loch is quite picturesque, the menu is varied and the food is good value. The staff are always pleasant and efficient. The... More 

Thank ron4xst
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Made a quick put stop after a nice weekend on skye. Nice clean toilets, nice selection in the gifts hope and a nice breakfast enjoyed by us all.

Thank Carris1975
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being a relative newbie to living on Skye I used to stop in at Aros on a regular basis for a browse round the shop and for a nice tasty lunch. Now with it being so busy on the island in the Summer months the restaurants are so busy that the locals stay home and make the most of it... More 

Thank Gothic_angel67
Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

On way to visit family ( first time on Skye) and needed a pitstop to have a stretch, loo break and walk the dog and along came Aros. When walking into the centre a chap on reception (?) just seemed to glare at me and I felt he knew I was looking for the loo! After a walk we met... More 

Thank nexvilentus
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

St Kilda Exhibition - disappointing with some of the interactive elements not functioning. Gift shop - kind of average nothing that grabbed the imagination. Cafe - Waited at the "please wait to be seated sign" completely ignored by staff members but could clearly see two members of staff behind the servers nodding in our direction. Eventually took a seat after... More 

Thank AberfudgeFis
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Paid £4 to enter the St. Kilda room but annoyingly the interactive Xbox and overhead projections were not working, the cinema screen was not in focus, and I had to ask for dislay lighting to be turned on in order to view the minimal collection of artifacts. My only memorable "experience" was the vintage short film, viewed on a tablet,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on arrival in Syke and there is plenty to do for an hour with a decent book and gift shop, gallery, cinema (be wary of the very sporadic show times) and a cafe. The cafe is large and was busy on the Sunday afternoon we visited. The choice of food is wide but unimaginative; basically chips with everything.... More 

Thank Riskybiscuit
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Stopped in for lunch after visiting Ace Target Sports, and service was quick, and reasonably priced. The portion sizes for all our meals were quite generous (ideal with growing teenagers!).

Thank Paddy M

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