Perhaps most famous for the single-handed road-building enterprise of Calum MacLeod of ‘Calum’s Road’ fame, Raasay has a rich history that includes both Picts and poets. With spectacular views across to the Isle of Skye, Raasay has a population of around 200 folk and has hosted both royalty and contenders for ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’.
Ask an Islander
Our featured islander, Calum, told us more about Raasay’s highlights and why his island home means so much to him.
“We’re lucky to have two amazing food stops straight off the ferry. The newly opened Larch Box is fantastic, with fresh soups, baguettes and toasties and some of the best coffee you’ll find anywhere in Scotland! Raasay House has an incredible restaurant and an unbeatable view over to Skye – you’ll never want to leave!”
But it’s not all about the food, as Calum explains: “‘Our annual ‘Whisky, Fire and Song’ event in November has music, ceilidhs and, perhaps most notably of all, a wonderful torchlit procession! It’s a great event that really shows the best of what Raasay has to offer out of the normal tourist season.”
Calum is passionate about the island and explains that, “It’s tough to find a spot on Raasay that isn’t worth visiting, but the secluded beach at Inver is certainly one of Raasay’s most picturesque spots. A winding path takes you through forests, over streams and eventually terminates at a beautiful beach, positioned directly across from Portree, with wonderful views over towards Skye.”
“But it isn’t all about the outdoors!” he says. “Raasay Distillery is a great stop for anyone interested in whisky, with warehouse tours, handmade chocolate and whisky tastings, and the chance to try the new Raasay Gin.”
Raasay is sure to set your taste buds on fire!
Gaelic / Gàidhlig
The Gaelic name for Raasay is Ratharsair.
Want to say ‘thank you’ to someone in Gaelic? That’s ‘mòran taing‘!
CalMac Ferries operates regular sailings throughout the day from Sconser on Skye to Raasay. Skye is accessible via road/public transport.
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