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First Legal Distillery on Raasay

First Legal Distillery on Raasay

The excise Acts of 1788 outlawed stills under a hundred gallons and was amended in 1823 to allow only taxed distillation. As a result, people across the region began to hide their distillation from the taxman.

Illicit distilling is said to have taken place as recently as 1850 on Raasay. According to local resident and historian Rebecca Mackay, “archaeological evidence exists of a still in a collapsed rock shelter” on the island.

More than 150 years later, whisky has finally returned – this time legally – to Raasay.

Isle of Raasay Distillery Building

Distilling Philosophy & Process

The rugged windswept Hebridean Isle of Raasay is the perfect location for distilling a lightly peated single malt. Our site, previously The Isle of Raasay Hotel, was perfectly suited to allow us to create our state of the art modern distillery, with arguably the best view of any in Scotland.

Driven by our passion, expertise and curiosity, Isle of Raasay Distillery is designed to be experimental, allowing us to respectfully push the boundaries of Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Our core Raasay expression will be a lightly peated single malt Scotch whisky, matured in three different varieties of oak casks.

Our Whisky

Raasay Water

Although some argue that water lends only a little to the flavour of a whisky, Raasay whisky is very different.

At Raasay Distillery our water flows across volcanic rock and down through sedimentary rock to our Celtic well on site, known as the ‘Well of the Pale Cow’.

Unlike many distillers we use our own water at every stage of distillation, including our long fermentations producing a fruitier spirit, for cask reduction and reduction to bottling strength to ensure the high minerality throughout the production process.

Our Whisky

Raasay Barley

Working with local crofters, we have successfully grown and harvested barley in a nearby field, the first time that barley has been grown on Raasay in over 40 years. We intend to expand such collaboration across the island, while using local peat to dry the barley enabling us to craft an annual release of 100% Isle of Raasay single malt.

In August 2018, our team produced spirit from the 2017 batch of Raasay barley crop, which will mature into the first ever single malt produced from Raasay-grown barley in 2021.

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Isle of Raasay Distillery Facts

Isle of Raasay Distillery will produce Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

  • Capacity: 188,000 LPA
  • Mash Tun: 1 Tonne
  • Washback Size: 6 x 5,000 L
  • Fermentation Time: 115 hours

  • Wash Still: 5,000 L
  • Spirit Still: 3,600 L
  • Maturation: All maturation on site

Looking to find out more about Isle of Raasay Distillery?
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Our Distillery Team

Bill Dobbie, Co-founder
Bill Dobbie


An experienced entrepreneur, Bill has led a number of highly successful private equity funded businesses. He also sits on the boards of several companies. Bill’s taste for business is perhaps matched only by his taste for fine whisky.

Alasdair Day, Co-founder
Alasdair Day


Alasdair’s family heritage lies in whisky; his great-grandfather was an early 19th century blender. His other great grand-father hailed from the Hebrides. In 2014 Alasdair teamed up with Bill to begin the journey to build their own distillery.

Norman Gillies

Distillery Manager

Born and raised on Raasay, Norman has been involved in the distillery from the early days, working as site engineer and construction foreman. With unparalleled local knowledge, Norman is the ideal ambassador for Raasay and the distillery.

Visit Raasay Distillery

Visit Raasay Distillery, with arguably the best view of any distillery in Scotland, for a guided whisky tour. Discover our tour options and book today.

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Raasay Distillery Whisky

We may be one of Scotland’s newest distilleries but we already have whisky for you to enjoy. Taste the future of our distilling with Raasay While We Wait.

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Raasay Distillery Whisky Shop

Browse and buy our range of whisky, gin, wine and casks online by visiting our online shop. Our range is also available to purchase from our distillery shop.

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Raasay Distillery Whisky Hotel

For the most unforgettable whisky experience, stay overnight at Isle of Raasay Distillery in one of our six exclusive en-suite bedrooms.

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