Portree Sheriff Court

Portree Sheriff Court is not currently manned full-time. Please contact 01478 612191 before travelling to attend and if you are unable to obtain an answer on that number, please contact Inverness Sheriff Court on 01463 230782 where a member of staff will assist you

Photograph of Portree Sheriff Court building

Hearings continue to call at Portree Sheriff Court

Jury trials which would otherwise call at Portree Sheriff Court were transferred to Inverness from July this year, due to the ongoing staffing challenges being faced by GEOAmey. 

We would like to make it clear that all other hearings, including summary trials and civil hearings will still call at Portree Sheriff Court. Please only attend Inverness Sheriff Court if you have received a citation requiring you to do so.  

The Order published in July requires new jury trials which would have called at Stornoway, Lerwick, Kirkwall, Portree and Lochmaddy Sheriff Courts to call at Inverness, Aberdeen or Peterhead Sheriff Courts instead.

Sheriff Principal Pyle has this order under constant review and is consulting with justice partners with a view to returning jury trials to island courts when practically possible.

Latest covid-19 information

Please check the latest covid-19 information.

If you want to pay your fine or would like information and advice please visit our Pay a Fine page.  

Hub Courts for new, first instance custodies

New, first instance custody cases will continue to be heard in hub courts as first instance cases in each Sheriffdom as follows. Thereafter, if a further substantive hearing is assigned this will be to the court of local jurisdiction.

Sheriffdom orders

The following Sheriffdom guidance, information and practice notes apply to this court.

Please also refer to the Rules and Practice section of the website.

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GHI – Order No 1 of 2024 – Return of Solemn Hearings to Sheriff Court BuildingsPDF392.56 KB13 Feb, 2024 Download
GHI Act of Court No 4 of 2023PDF46.42 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 2 of 2022 - Public & Court Holidays 2023PDF709.35 KB28 Nov, 2022 Download
GHI Act of Court No 2 of 2023 – Public Holidays 2023 AmendmentPDF492.67 KB22 Aug, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 3 of 2023 – Public Holidays 2024PDF501.26 KB22 Aug, 2023 Download
GHI - Order No. 3 of 2023 - Transfer of Island Court Trials to Sheriffdom Hub CourtsPDF401.16 KB19 Jul, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 1 of 2023PDF32.64 KB10 Feb, 2023 Download
Final - Sheriffs Principal Guidance for Court Users - Electronic Submission of Documents PDF227.19 KB24 Oct, 2022 Download
PN no.3 of 2022 - PIDM (003)PDF361.90 KB19 Oct, 2022 Download
Management of Proceedings in the Sheriff Courts (July 2022)PDF181.07 KB20 Jul, 2022 Download
Guidance for Court Users - Child Welfare HearingsPDF172.56 KB13 Jul, 2022 Download
Management of Summary Cause Proceedings Housing (Scotland) Act 2001PDF193.24 KB11 Jul, 2022 Download
Guidance Civil No 2PDF244.24 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Electronic submission of documents Civil No 4 of 2020PDF104.73 KB26 Jun, 2020 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants - Adoption Proceedings GHIPDF104.39 KB21 May, 2021 Download
Civil Guidance - Video Conference CallPDF126.59 KB03 Sep, 2021 Download
2022 Custody DirectionPDF239.43 KB19 Oct, 2021 Download

Portree Sheriff Court House dates from 1865 and was designed by the architectural firm Matthews and Lawrie. The jurisdiction of the court covers the Islands of Skye, Raasay and part of Glenelg on the mainland.

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Contact Details

Postal address

Sheriff Clerk’s Office,
Sheriff Courthouse,
Somerled Square,
Isle of Skye,
IV51 9EH

Main telephone

01478 612191

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Court accepts dative petitions, Special Petitions and Requirement of Writings applications only. Inventories and the issuing of confirmation is undertaken at Inverness Sheriff Court


01478 613203


Jury helpline

01478 612191 (recorded message after 17.00)

Accessibility contact

If you want to contact us using text relay please follow the guidance at this link - the Next Generation Text Service 

If you require the support of an interpreter when you contact the office (by phone or attend in person), a telephone interpretation service is available. To access this service ask for telephone interpreting and the language required.  

If you use British Sign Language (BSL) and wish to phone us using a sign language interpreter, you can use the online video relay interpreting service. For more information see 


The court is situated in Somerled Square in the centre of Portree. Use the journey planner for transportation information.

By bus

Buses from all the outlying and local areas stop in Somerled Square in front of the police station. The police station is situated next to the court house.

By rail

There is no train station.

By car

There is a public car park in Somerled Square with a number of disabled parking places. There is another long stay car park at Bayfield (five minutes walk from the court) which is free.

By taxi

The main taxi rank is in Somerled Square in front of Portree Hotel.

The following numbers can be used to call a taxi:

  • 01478 612797
  • 01478 612826
  • 01478 612074
  • 01478 613100
  • 01478 611844
  • 01478 613000

On Arrival

On arrival please report to the Sheriff Clerk's office just inside the entrance to the court house. You will be directed from there to where you need to go in the building. If you are attending for jury duty please report to the Sheriff Clerk's office.

Disabled access is available from the side entrance situated in the police station car park. This is a small office and it is not always permanently staffed. If you are travelling from a distance to attend the office please telephone to confirm that the office will be open. Language line facilities are available.


If you are sitting on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided for you if the court sits into the afternoon.

A loop induction service is available in the courtroom for people who have hearing difficulties. Please contact the Sheriff Clerk's office if you require to use this facility.

Pay a Fine

If you want to pay your fine or would like information and advice please visit our Pay a Fine page. 

Opening Times

Mon - Thurs - 09:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00
Fri - 09:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:30

Please note that this office is not always permanently staffed. If you are travelling from a distance to attend the office please telephone to confirm that the office will be open.

Opening hours for the public counters in all Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Courts during the festive period –

Friday 23 December 2022 – 9am to 3.30pm

Wednesday 28 December 2022 – 9am to 5pm

Thursday 29 December 2022 – 9am to 5pm

Friday 30 December 2022 – 9am to 3.30pm

Normal hours resume on Wednesday 4 January 2023

Public Holidays


December 26, 27


January 2, 3
April 7, 10
May 1, 8
June 5
August 14
September 11
December 4, 25, 26


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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