New Lease of Life
Risen from the Ashes
Raasay House History
A clan house, home to the Macleod Cheif of Raasay, has stood on or near the present site.
The original clan house was burnt to the ground, torched by government troops after Culloden.
Building commenced on the present Raasay House.
Dr Samuel Johnson and James Boswell made their historic journey to the Western Isles and were guests of the Macleod chief at Raasay House.
The last Laird, John Macleod, left the house and emigrated with his family to Australia.
Raasay house was sold to George Rainy from London and changed hands again in 1872-4.
It was sold to Henry Wood who added the ornate Georgian-style wings and frontage to the house.
Wm Baird & Co. Ironmasters bought the estate and operated an iron ore mine.
Board of Agriculture bought estate from Bairds.
Raasay House was run as a sporting hotel, very successfully at first, with many wealthy guests.
The Sporting Hotel closed.
The house was purchased for £6,000 by Dr Green from Sussex.
Highlands and Islands Development Board purchased the building and other properties on island
Major Rod Stewart Liddon set up the Scottish Adventure School Trust, in the derelict house.
The Scottish Adventure School Closed
Roddy MacDonald, Tekela Koek and Lyn Rowe set up Raasay Outdoor Centre Ltd
Roddy MacDonald left the company to take up a post in Edinburgh
Tekela Koek left the company to become a full-time parent
Managing Director Lyn Rowe and the R.O.C. staff team developed the business and the HIDB landlords made emergency repairs and some improvements to the fabric of the building
Lyn Rowe informed HIE the business could not do another season in the house without major refurbishment, but refurbishments were not undertaken.
Raasay House purchased by the Raasay House Community Company
A multi-million-pound project to renovate and refurbish Raasay House commences
Devastating fire gutted all but the West Wing of Raasay House. This was only weeks before the projected completion date and R.O.C. taking back possession of the building from ROK the contractor installed for the renovation.
The house had been insured by the community company and ROK began rebuilding Raasay House.
ROK went into liquidation.
After a lengthy tender process Mansell were appointed as the main contractor.
2013 March 26th
Mansell hand over the Raasay House keys to RHCC and RHCC handed them over to R.O.C.
2013 April 1st
2013 April 4th
First overnight guests arrive.
2013 May 4th
‘May The Forth’ one of the first official R.O.C. ‘welcome back’ events in ‘The House’.
The summer passes in no time….it’s Busy, Busy, Busy!
Official community opening of the Raasay House building by Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP.
NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED!
TBC… watch this space!