The Isle of Raasay lies off the west coast of Scotland in the Inner Hebrides, separated from the Isle of Skye by a short 25 minute ferry journey.
This corner of the world is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, geological variety, and one of Scotland’s most incredibly diverse ecosystems.
Comparable in size and shape to Manhattan Island, the Raasay Island has only 160 residents. Today, over 10% of the island work at the distillery.
Rooted in centuries of illicit distilling and rich in history, culture and community, from Bonnie Prince Charlie and celebrated Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean, to the enigmatic Calum’s Road – Raasay Island has a character of its own, distinct from any of the other Hebridean islands. It is also a fantastic base from which to explore the neighbouring Isle of Skye.
Translated from Old Norse as ‘island of the roe (or red) deer’, Raasay, or Ratharsair in Gaelic, boasts a diverse geology, forged in volcanic fires.
Water from our well, known as ‘Tobar na Ba Baine/the Well of the Pale Cow’ flows across volcanic rock and filters through Jurassic sandstone, adding minerals crucial to the flavour in our whisky and gin.
Our fine-tuned range of expressions harness Raasay’s raw elements of water, and for special releases, local peat and barley – and bring them to life through premium Scottish gin and whisky.
Our whisky and gin are an expression of people and place.
One hotel, three bed and breakfasts, two shops, one primary school, and a distillery built by the hands of several islanders – make up the island’s close-knit community.
Generations of people, knowledge, and culture shape Raasay Island’s philosophy and influence the character of our spirit. An island, distilled.
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Raasay Island dates back to the Gaelic Kingdom of Dalriada in the 6th Century and became a Norse subject in the 8th Century, which is why we see such a strong Norse influence on our place names.
The island returned to the Kingdom of Scotland in 1266 and was ruled by Mac Gille Chaluim, the Macleods of Raasay, from the 16th-19th Century before a succession of private landlords.
Bonnie Prince Charlie, undoubtedly one of the most famous historical figures to set foot on Raasay, spent two nights hiding out on Raasay following the 1746 Battle of Culloden. The Macleods of Raasay suffered brutal retribution at the hands of the Hanovarian troops for their support for the Jacobite cause, all their livestock killed, homes and boats looted and razed.
Raasay is also the birth place of Sorley Maclean, the most significant Gaelic poet of the 20th Century. Sorley Maclean’s powerful imagery in works such as ‘Hallaig’, portrays the grief and hardship suffered by his native Raasay as a result of the Highland Clearances, which saw the population drop from over 1,000 to what it is today.
It is this poignant history that has shaped the spirit of Raasay Island today.
You might want to spend all your time on the Isle of Raasay relaxing with a dram or a G&T admiring the magical views, but if you can tear your eyes away, this small but mighty island has a lot to offer.
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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!
What an incredible, and incredibly special place.
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!
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 hotel and stunning location
A small distillery that packs a punch. We stayed and had the tour. A great deal of thought has went into this building and it shows. A modern take combined with natural landscape delivers a blend as good as the fine whisky we were given. Rooms are bright and tastefully decorated with a Scottish twist. A complimentary dram on arrival and 3 drams on the tour makes this new distillery a triumph. Our local tour guided provided an excellent tour and made plenty of time for us to enjoy our whisky. This is the finest of island hospitality. Well done.
We had a great stay! I highly recommend staying the night at the distillery to enjoy the island. The staff was very friendly and our room was very comfortable. Plus the distillery tour was very informational about the whiskey and history of the island.
Raasay Distillery is not just an island retreat to stay, but a complete experience!
We arrived via the ferry from Sconser and had a fantastic experience at the distillery. It was relaxed but also very well organised, the staff so friendly and enthusiastic. Our accommodation was perfect. Great views over to Skye giving an atmospheric visit as the weather was being a tad moody. Breakfast couldn’t be faulted – taken in a room with stunning views. We had a tour of the distillery before we departed back to Skye given by Steve which was also excellent. So thanks to the team, we had a fantastic time and will spread the word to family & friends to come and see for themselves.
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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 double distilled spirit.
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