“Often overlooked by it’s bigger neighbour, Raasay is an island that rewards patient exploration. Visiting Raasay is a great way to relax, if coming from the relatively tourist-heavy isle of Skye.
Raasay is one of my favourite islands. I stayed at a Bed and Breakfast about a mile from the ferry terminal. The B & B overlooked the Sound of Raasay with panoramic views across to the Cuillins of Skye. I had my meals at the nearby Borodale House Hotel and I found the staff there to be incredibly friendly and helpful about the best places to visit on the island.
On one of the days I visited, I drove up to visit the ruins of Brochel Castle and to drive a short way upon Calum’s Road, which is an amazing achievement for one man to complete. I spent a lovely day around here visiting the quiet, eastern side of the island, with views over to Applecross on the mainland”.
How do I get to Raasay? There is a Caledonian Macbrayne Car Ferry from Sconser on the Isle of Skye that travels to Raasay frequently during the day. You can drive to the Isle of Skye over the Skye Bridge from mainland Scotland.
How do I get around Raasay? The best way to get to Raasay is by Car or by Bicycle, although there are some excellent walks around Raasay. The main village of Inverarish is an easy 15 minute walk from the ferry terminal
What’s worth visiting on Raasay? The remains of Brochel Castle on the east coast of Raasay can be seen from the road leading onto Calum’s Road. In the 1960’s the council refused to build a road to the tiny settlement of Arnish, so one of the residents decided to complete the road himself. It took him 10 years to complete, hence the name ‘Calum’s Road’.
Where can I stay on Raasay? The Borrodale House Hotel is just outside the main village of Inverarish. There is also an excellent B & B called Alt Arais in Inverarish. Other Isle of Raasay Hotels are available to book through Hotels Combined. Alternatively, you could stay at the stunning Raasay Hostel, overlooking the Isle of Skye. Self-catering accommodation on Raasay is also available at Sheena’s Cottage.
Any other information on Raasay? Dr Johnson visited Raasay in 1773 and on the summit of Dun Caan, Boswell ‘danced a highland dance’. On a clear day, the summit affords magnificent views of Raasay, the Outer Hebrides and the Cuillins of Skye.