Getting here for your gin and whisky distillery tours 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
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.
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 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.
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.
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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Everyone we have met was very friendly and passionate about their distillery!
We had a lovely stay at the distillery. Lovely room, complementary whiskey in room which was nice. Good bar. Guest lounge lovely. Restaurant & set meal was outstanding, that is a great chef there, food was exceptional. Breakfasts gorgeous. Staff were great, Kat was lovely & informative. We’re going back someday.
Fantastic stay! Couldn’t recommend more!
I can thoroughly recommend staying here to anyone. The service, attention to detail, interior design ,food and friendliness of staff was exemplary. I cannot thank everyone enough for a truly fantastic stay. We will be back.
Fantastic hotel and stunning location
Brilliant in every way! From walking in the door to a drink in the bar, then early check in, gorgeous view from room, honesty bar to delicious breakfast in morning- just one of my favourite places ever I’ve stayed!
Beautiful location, wonderful and enthusiastic staff, and a warm, stylish and modern hotel with the tantalising scent of whisky in the air. We loved every minute of our stay!
Please take time out of your Skye visit to stay overnight at the Raasay Distillery accommodation because it is fantastic. We stayed in sept 2022, in room 1 , with views all the way to the Cuillins. We had exceptional comfort as the room was appointed to a high standard with “oh so soft” melt into bed after a fabulous whisky, Gin and chocolate tasting. We used the bar area for a post tour drink before an absolutely delicious meal in the distillery restaurant . Then we relaxed in the private accommodation lounge with views watching the ferry between the island and Skye, and the sun lighting up the magnificent Cuillins before retiring to our room. A complimentary half bottle of Raasay whiskey was in our room and we sank into a very sound sleep . Hastened, I must add, by a 21 mile cycle in the morning of the same day to Callum’s road….please don’t miss visiting this as the views, once again are exceptional. Our personal thanks go to Chloe on reception and shop, Steve on the tour , who was so interesting on the history of the distillery , and the lovely lady on the bar (who’s name apologetically I forget , maybe due to Gin and whisky consumption) …we would highly recommend an overnight experience after the tasting as you do not want the ambience and splendid comfort that all the staff go out of their way to provide, to pass you by. Many thanks also to Ethan serving our meal and the lovely lady serving us breakfast next morning. Slainte Mhath!
Amazing little lodging that is part of a distillery. The room was really nice and cozy and the staff was amazing. I highly recommend this place is you are needing an inexpensive, laid-back location for trips to the Isle of Skye and the associated areas.
Great stay, probably the only one of its kind.
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