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How to Get to Raasay

How to Get to Raasay

Getting here is easier than you might think.

With regular ferry sailings from the Isle of Skye seven days a week, the Isle of Raasay is one of Scotland’s most accessible islands. Step aboard CalMac’s hybrid ferry in Sconser and enjoy a scenic 25 minute sailing over to Raasay looking across the Sound of Raasay and Cuillin mountains.

Along the main road to Portree on the Isle of Skye, look out for signs to Sconser as you approach Loch Sligachan. You will see signs for Raasay (or RATHARSAIR in Gaelic) as you approach Sconser
Ferry Terminal.

By Sea

CalMac operates a regular ferry service to Raasay from Sconser Ferry Terminal on the Isle of Skye.

Advance booking on the MV Hallaig is not required. Just turn up at Sconser at least 10 minutes before departure to guarantee passage.

You can either leave your car in the car park, or drive aboard the 23 car roll on roll off ferry over to the Isle of Raasay. Tickets are purchased on the vessel.

CalMac operates Summer and Winter timetables, so please ensure you look at the right timetable for the date of your visit. Please note – there are a limited number of sailings on a Sunday, and the 9pm sailing from Skye-Raasay is only available on a Saturday. In winter, this late sailing must be pre-booked by calling Cal Mac on 0800 066 5000 or 01475 650 397.

Driving to the Isle of Raasay via Skye

Travel by car to Raasay from anywhere in the UK. Popular cities to set off from include Inverness, Edinburgh, or Glasgow. The nearest airport is in Inverness, the ‘capital of the Highlands’.

From Inverness: travelling west, take the A82 along Loch Ness-side to Invermoriston, then right onto A887 to join A87 at Loch Cluanie. Continue on A87 directly to Sconser Ferry Terminal via Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye Bridge. Alternatively, travel north on the A9 to join A835 at Tore roundabout. Continue to join A832, A890 then A87 to Sconser Ferry Terminal via Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye Bridge.

You will know you’re getting close when you pass Eilean Donan Castle – Scotland’s most photographed castle, and location for films like Highlander and Made of Honor, to name but a few! Hop out and capture your own memories.

From Edinburgh: we like to follow the A90 across the Queensferry Crossing and join the M90. Then follow the A9, turning at Dalwhinnie onto the A889/A86 (past Scotland’s highest distillery). Continue through Spean Bridge and Invergarry to Kyle of Lochalsh and over the Skye Bridge.

From Glasgow: drive west on Great Western Road to join the scenic A82 route north to Fort William. Here you can choose the A830 Road to the Isles for the Mallaig-Armadale ferry crossing, or continue to Invergarry to join the A87 route to Kyle of Lochalsh and continue over the Skye Bridge.

Parking

Parking spaces are available at the distillery, which is only a 2 minute drive or a short 10 minute walk from Raasay pier. Remember to take a right at the fork in the road. You can also leave your car for free in Sconser car park, board the ferry by foot and walk to the distillery once on Raasay.

Fun Fact

“Did you know, we are just 14 miles as the crow flies to Talisker Distillery on the Isle of Skye, one of our Hebridean Whisky Trail partners?”

Getting to Raasay by Train

From Edinburgh or Glasgow, catch a train to Inverness, travelling through the picturesque Scottish countryside to the Highland capital. From there you can take another train to Kyle of Lochalsh.

From London Euston station, you can catch the Caledonian Sleeper overnight to Inverness. Then travel by day train to the end of the line at Kyle of Lochalsh. Or join the above journey after travelling first to Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Once you reach Kyle of Lochalsh, it takes 30-minutes in a taxi or bus to the Sconser ferry terminal.

Distillery Address

Isle of Raasay MapIsle of Raasay Distillery
Borodale House
Isle of Raasay
Kyle, Scotland
IV40 8PB (view on Google Maps >)

Call us on +44 (0)1478 470 178 if you would like a hand planning your journey.

Distillery Coordinates: 57.3535 N, 6.0766W

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Distillery Opening Times

We are open Monday to Saturday all year round until the evening of Friday 17th December 2021.

Distillery Tours

Monday to Saturday: 11:00-17:00 (last tour of the day starts at 5pm).

Shop & Bar

Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 9:00 pm / Saturday: 10:00 – 10:00 PM

The Isle of Raasay, an island rooted in centuries of illicit distilling, provides the ingredients for the perfect dram. Our lightly peated Isle of Raasay Single Malt is an expression of this magical place.

Our zesty, smooth and refreshing Isle of Raasay Gin combines an exciting selection of ten Raasay and traditional botanicals, including Raasay juniper, sweet orange peel, rhubarb root and our triple distilled spirit.

Enjoy a warm island welcome at our award-winning visitor centre and whisky hotel, Borodale House. Discover our tour options and book today, or better still, wake up in the distillery for an unforgettable experience!