How to get to Raasay depends on your origin but is easier than you might think despite being a remote Hebridean island.
Discover the stunning Scottish landscape on the way as you pass through greenery into the more rugged and coastal North.
Wherever you’re traveling from you’ll know you’re getting close when you pass Eilean Donan Castle – Scotland’s most photographed castle, hop out and capture your own memory.
By ferry from the Isle of Skye is the only way to reach Raasay. Step aboard the CalMac ferry in Sconser on the east coast of the Isle of Skye and enjoy the scenic 25-minute sailing over to Raasay.
Advance booking is not required on the Raasay ferry. Please check the CalMac timetable in advance and arrive at the terminal at least 10 minutes before the departure time to guarantee passage.
CalMac operate both Summer and Winter timetables, so please ensure you look at the appropriate timetable for the date of your visit. There are a limited number of sailings on a Sunday. The 9pm ferry sailing from Sconser only sails on a Saturday, it does not sail any other day of the week and during winter this must be pre booked.
You can check the up-to-date timetables on the CalMac ferries website.View Timetable
Travel by car to Raasay from anywhere in the UK. Popular cities to set off from include Inverness, Edinburgh, or Glasgow.
From Edinburgh: we like to follow the A90 across the Forth Road Bridge 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.
From Inverness: travelling west, take 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.
Parking spaces are available at the distillery, however our car park is not suitable for buses. We are a short 5 minute walk from the ferry terminal on Raasay should you wish to leave your car at Sconser.
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 train 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.
It’s a 30-minute taxi or bus right to the Sconser ferry terminal once you reach Kyle of Lochalsh.
Isle of Raasay Distillery
Isle of Raasay
IV40 8PB (view on Google Maps >)
Distillery Coordinates: 57.3535 N, 6.0766W
The Isle of Skye is a popular tourist destination for visitors from around the globe. Famous for its breathtaking landscape, countless walking routes and coastal activities Skye is a must-see for many.
Increasingly the Isle of Skye is also becoming a well-known whisky destination. Talisker Distillery has been on the island since 1830 and has been joined by Torabhaig Distillery, and we’re just a 20-minute ferry ride across the Sound of Raasay from Skye.
Whichever way you choose to travel, you must come aboard the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Sconser on Skye to Raasay. View their summer or winter timetable and prices on the website.