Places to Visit and Interesting Raasay Facts
Things to do on Raasay
|‘Calums Road’ a two mile stretch of road which became a labour of love; built by hand, by one man, over a period of 15 years.|
|The disused Iron mine. The iron mining company used to own the entire island and the railway which leads down to the old pier at Suisinish. The houses in ‘the village’ (Inverarish) were built to house the workers from the mine and Inverarish celebrated it’s 100th year last year.|
|The ruins of ‘Brochel Castle’ which dates back to the late 15th/early 16th century.|
|Here you can find the birthplace and some of the places immortalised in the poetry of one of Scotland most influential poets Sorely Maclean.|
|Climb our very own ‘mini mountain’, Dun Caan which offers breathtaking panoramas of both the mountains of Skye and the Scottish mainland. Explore the interesting geology and fossils which have geologists flocking to the island every year.|
|Discover an abundance of wildlife including Eagles (Sea and Golden) , Otters and Dolphins as well as high population of Red Deer and a colony of Seals which are easy to catch a glimpse of.|
|Step aboard technological history as you make the short but spectacular ferry journey which links Raasay to Skye. The worlds first ‘hybrid’ ferry (MV Hallaig) is the serves the Sconser to Raasay route and marks the start of your island adventure.|
|The island has also a very interesting history with Raasay House itself at the heart of a lot of it. The house was once the seat of the Macleod clan Chief of Raasay and has has played host to many dignified historical figures such as James Boswell and Samuel Johnson. The house has twice burnt to the ground and it’s story is both dramatic and compelling.|
|Handmade Jewellery and Gifts from the wee shop just up the road from Raasay House.|
|Inver Beach is a beautiful spot. At low tide the beach is very sandy and is rumoured to have been a favourite picnic spot for the Queen due to it’s secluded nature. The Royal Yacht Britannia is said to have moored just offshore allowing the royal party to be shuttled to beach.|
|The small island of Rona – Rona is an extension northward of the ridge of Raasay. Its geology is Lewisian gneiss and the glaciated landscape is underlain by some of the oldest rocks in western Europe. No roads, no shops, no bars in fact just wild and beautiful. The island has only one permanent resident, the island manager who can be contacted to arrange boat trips to island.|
|The Joe Strummer connection- It’s a little known fact but Joe Strummer of the The Clash did have Raasay family connections. His grandmother was born and raised here and you can follow in the footsteps of Paul Simonon and other die hard Clash fans by searching for the ruins of Joe’s grandmothers house. He himself was said to be planning a pilgrimage back to explore his Raasay roots in years before he died but sadly he never did.|
|Raasay Souterrain ‘Uamh nan Ramh’ –
Uamh nan Ramh, or Oar Cave, is a souterrain just off the road between Inverarish and Clachan. It is of Iron Age origin, constructed by placing lintel stones across a natural cleft in the rock. It gets its name from around the time Boswell and Johnson visited it in 1773 when it was used to store oars.
This view is looking out of the tunnel towards the main entrance.
|Eyre Point – Dolmen (ancient burial chamber)|
|The Isle of Raasay Distillery
Less than a 10-minute stroll from Raasay House, the site of Victorian Borodale House is currently under construction and will open as R&B Distillers’ Isle of Raasay Distillery in the Summer of 2017. This innovative new whisky distillery will offer an informative visitors’ centre, tours, and stunning views across to Skye. While you wait to visit next year, enjoy Raasay While We Wait single malt on the bar at Raasay House – the style of whisky the distillery will produce on the island itself when open.