Raasay | David Carslaw

About

Around the same size as Manhattan Island but home to fewer than 200 folk, Raasay has hosted both royalty and contenders for 'SAS: Who Dares Wins'. You are welcome to take a more leisurely pace as you check out the amazing local produce and drink in the stunning views of the island and neighbouring Skye. Explore the island's history – from bloody conflicts and Pictish stones to Gaelic poetry and one-man road-building.

Famous For

  • The compelling novel ‘Calum's Road’ is based on the true story of a local man Calum MacLeod. Desperate to keep his community together, Calum built a road by hand over a period of 15 years. The road itself is now a world-famous landmark located at the north of the island.

  • Raasay is the birthplace of Sorley MacLean, a Gaelic poet of international acclaim. His bold and passionate work is cited as bringing Gaelic poetry into the modern era.

  • The island was recently the main location for both season 5 of ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ and its celebrity counterpart ‘Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins’.

Ask an Islander

  • Every dwelling on Raasay, including the original MacLeod clan chief's home, Raasay House, were burned to the ground by government troops following the Battle of Culloden. It is thought that the MacLeod chief was a Jacobite sympathiser and was rumoured to have helped Bonnie Prince Charlie by hiding him on the island.

  • The royal yacht used to drop anchor and regularly enjoy a particularly secluded beach on Raasay. One such visit to Inver beach made it into the press in the 1980s when Hello magazine did a paparazzi-type feature of the Royals relaxing on Raasay.

  • Raasay is the only place in the world you will find a very special subspecies of bank vole, the Raasay vole.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

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More Information

You can find some additional information about Raasay at the links below

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COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


CalMac Ferries operates regular sailings throughout the day from Sconser on Skye to Raasay. Skye is accessible via road/public transport.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
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  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
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