Leave the crowds behind and go for the ultimate Scottish island escape on the isle of Raasay, which was recently voted by Conde Nast Traveler's as one of the 'Best Islands to Visit in 2020'!
The Island of Raasay sits just off the Isle of Skye’s eastern coast and measures just 14 miles long by 5 miles wide. It can be reached by a short 25 minute ferry ride (running regularly every day) from Sconser on the Isle of Skye and you’ll find yourself on one of the most beautiful small islands of Scotland. Raasay (Ratharsair in Gaelic) means Isle of the Roe Deer.
Explore the island's breath-taking natural beauty and historic sites, including the iconic Dun Caan mountain, the picturesque ruins of Brochel Castle and the enigmatic Calum's Road, made famous by Roger Hutchinson's bestselling 2006 book. Don’t miss the wonderful Isle of Raasay Distillery, which is part of Scotland’s Hebridean Whisky Trail connecting neighbouring island distilleries– you might wish the spectacular views on Skye could be bottled as well!
The island is a paradise for walkers, nature lovers or those who just want to escape and experience the peace and tranquillity of island life. All abilities can enjoy walking on Raasay with woodland trails, dismantled railway lines, open moorland and coast paths. For adventure seekers, the Jacobean mansion Raasay House offers fun family activities such as coasteering, mountain biking, and exploring the island’s rocky coastline by kayak.
In addition to enjoying the island’s abundant flora, visitors can also catch glimpses of its rare wildlife including golden eagles, sea eagles and the unique Raasay vole. Offshore in the Sound, otters and seals play and hunt, dolphins are regular visitors and the occasional basking shark or minke whale passes close by.
Raasay has a barren, rugged and rocky terrain. The most obvious feature is the 1456 ft Dun Caan, with a summit which offers clear views over to the Cuillin on Skye and the Outer Hebrides beyond.