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Raasay Itinerary

The Ultimate Raasay Itinerary

Planning your ultimate Raasay trip? Despite our small size, there is a vast range of places to explore, sights to take in and activities to do! 

From beautiful historical sites and breathtaking hikes to whisky tours and dinner at the former clan estate house, we’ve run down your essential bucket list for a two-night trip to Raasay.

How to Get to Raasay

DAY ONE

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.

Once you’ve arrived, your adventure truly begins

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Isle of Raasay Ferry at Sconser, Isle of Skye
ARRIVE ON RAASAY

Every trip to the Isle of Raasay starts with a crossing on our beautiful hybrid-electric ferry. Leaving from the peaceful village of Sconser and under the incredible peaks of the Cuillin ridge, advance booking is not required and you’ll soon be crossing the water with an incredible view of the island stretching north.

The ferry disembarks at the terminal in Clachan, the historical ‘capital’ of the island. While this new harbour was only built in 2010, the original 19th century estate pier is also located here, guarded by an impressive gun battery that looks down south over the narrows of Raasay towards the Isle of Skye. You’ll even find one of the original canons still in place, originally fitted as a deterrence against raids during the Napoleonic War!

Whether you’re on foot or in the car, our award-winning distillery hotel is just a stone’s throw from the ferry terminal and the perfect place to drop off your bags and start exploring the island. You’ll first encounter the old steading, one of the former estate buildings that is decorated with an impressive clocktower. Turn right here and follow the road until the distillery comes into view.  

North Bay, Isle of Raasay

A WALK TO NORTH BAY

Once you’ve checked in and unpacked in one of our distillery rooms, you’ll no doubt want to explore. The perfect way to see the island and discover what’s on your doorstep is by taking a walk to Camus Alba or North Bay as it’s commonly known. This beautiful stretch of beach is quiet, secluded and boasts breathtaking views towards Ben Tianavaig and the hills of Skye.

Walking there will take you back past the old farm steading. This is actually where the popular TV series SAS: Who Dares Wins filmed two of their recent series! Carrying on past here, you’ll reach the Walled Garden. Originally built to serve as the main garden for Raasay House, it is now a beautiful community-run garden that grows a range of organic produce. You’ll also pass St Molougs, one of Raasay’s most ancient graveyards and our Celtic standing stone, one of the island’s oldest historical artefacts.

From here, walk down to the shoreline of Camus Alba and enjoy the stunning views and sound of the water crashing onto the shore. A coastal path north will eventually take you back to the road where you can choose to walk into the hills or back towards the distillery and Raasay House. 

LUNCH AT RAASAY HOUSE CAFE

Once you’ve had a chance to settle in, you’ll probably find that it’s time for a bite to eat. The Raasay House Hotel provides food and drink from their beautiful cafe and bar and with stunning views over the sound of Raasay, you’ll probably find it hard to pull yourself away from the place!

From the Steading. you’ll see the leafy stretch of road that leads into the grounds of this former clan house of the MacLeods. Originally built in the 15th century, it was greatly expanded by the MacLeods and subsequent landlords with extra wings, a walled garden and various features around the grounds. It gained the current Georgian facade in the late 19th century and was reopened in 2011 after a multi-million pound renovation. Grab a map or brochure and plan out the rest of your trip while you enjoy a bite to eat, either inside or on the patio at the front of the house.

Raasay House Website

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DISTILLERY TOUR WITH CHOCOLATES

After a casual lunch, the next stop is the distillery to enjoy a tour and have a taste of our single malt and island gin. The distillery has tours running throughout the day, and our talented tour guides will take you through the story of Raasay, the distillery and how we craft our award-winning spirits. You’ll be able to gain access to the heart of the production hall and see where our Single Malt and Gin is crafted by our islander team. At the end of the tour, have a taste of our single malt and gin alongside some handcrafted chocolates from our local partners Chocolates of Glenshiel, each one paired with the spirit you will be tasting. 

Every drop of whisky and gin made at the Isle of Raasay distillery is made, matured, bottled, labelled and shipped from our small island. Being able to taste and explore our single malt or gin on the island that it was created on is the ultimate way to experience our high quality spirits.

Raasay Distillery Whisky Lounge & Bar
PRE DINNER DRINKS IN OUR MEMBERS LOUNGE

Our distillery will be debuting a new distillery bar this year, where our in-house mixologists will be creating a range of cocktails based on our whisky and gin. However, guests at our hotel can also take in the more relaxed surroundings of our residents lounge, which has an honesty bar stocked with local beers, wines and spirits to sample and enjoy. It’s the perfect place to decompress after a long day of exploring and to relax before dinner.

 

Raasay House hotel & hostel

DINNER AT RAASAY HOUSE HOTEL

Boasting incredible views over the Isle of Skye and a diverse restaurant menu made with local produce from around the islands, the Raasay House Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a meal after your day on the island.

DAY TWO

After your first introduction to the island, it’s time to explore a bit further afield for your second day on the Isle of Raasay.

Day two will take you through one of our famous historical sites, as well as a hike to Raasay’s tallest point where you’ll be greeted among the most beautiful and breathtaking vistas found anywhere in Scotland. Before that however, no adventure on Raasay can properly start without a proper Scottish breakfast! 

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BREAKFAST IN OUR GATHERING ROOM

Start your morning the right way with a fabulous breakfast in the surrounds of our distillery Gathering Room. 

A WALK TO HALLAIG

The perfect way to explore the island and discover what’s on your doorstep is by taking a walk to Camus Alba, or North bay as it’s commonly known. This beautiful stretch of beach is quiet and secluded, and has beautiful views towards Ben Tianavaig and the Hills of Skye. Walking there will take you past the Raasay House Walled Garden, a beautiful community run garden that grows a range of local organic produce. You’ll also pass the [link to history page] celtic standing stone, one of Raasay’s oldest historical objects. From here, you can wander back towards the harbour, up into the hills or down towards the main community of inverarish. 

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Raasay House hotel & hostel
LUNCH AT RAASAY HOUSE CAFE

Back in Clachan and only a short walk from the distillery, the Raasay House Cafe provides food and drink from their beautiful cafe and bar, with stunning views over the sound of Raasay. Grab a map or brochure and plan out the rest of your trip while you enjoy a bite to eat, either inside or on the patio at the front of the house.

Raasay House Website

DISTILLERY TOUR WITH CHOCOLATES

After a casual lunch, walk or drive to the distillery to enjoy a tour and have a taste of our single malt and island gin. The distillery has tours running throughout the day, and our talented tour guides will take you through the story of Raasay, the distillery and how we craft our award-winning spirits. You’ll be able to gain access to the heart of the production hall and see where our Single Malt and Gin is crafted by our islander team. At the end of the tour, have a taste of our single malt and gin alongside some handcrafted Chocolates from our local partners Chocolates of Glenshiel, each one paired with the spirit you will be tasting. 

Every drop of whisky and gin made at the isle of Raasay distillery is made, matured, bottled, labelled and shipped from our small island. Being able to taste and explore our single malt or gin on the island that it was created is the ultimate way to experience our high quality spirits.

Raasay Distillery Whisky Lounge & Bar
PRE DINNER DRINKS IN OUR MEMBERS LOUNGE

Our distillery will be debuting this year a new distillery bar, where our in house mixologists will be creating a range of cocktails based on our whisky and gin. However guests at our hotel can also take in the more relaxed surroundings of our residents lounge, which has an honesty bar stocked with local beers, wines and spirits to sample and enjoy. It’s the perfect place to decompress after a long day of exploring and to relax before dinner.

 

Raasay House hotel & hostel

DINNER AT RAASAY HOUSE HOTEL

Boasting incredible views over the Isle of Skye and a diverse restaurant menu made with local produce from around the islands, the Raasay House Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a meal after your day on the island.

Raasay Distillery Casks FAQs

Cask Filling Strength (ABV)

All of our casks are filled with Raasay Distillery spirit at an alcoholic strength of 63.5% ABV.

Peated or Unpeated Spirit

When building your cask, you can choose either our peated or unpeated spirit. Not all cask types will be available in both peated and unpeated spirit due to stock availability.

Type of Casks Available

Full Size Scotch Whisky Casks
First-fill Ex-Bourbon Whiskey Barrel (Four Roses)
Ex-High Rye Whiskey Barrel (Woodford Reserve)
Ex-French Bordeaux Red Wine Barrique

Small Scotch Whisky Casks
Our smaller 30 litre casks are ex-Speyside Scotch whisky oak casks. It is our opinion that using first fill sherry, bourbon or virgin oak for our 30 litre cask would over-power our Isle of Raasay spirit in three years’ time.

Maturation & Finishing

Once filled, all of our casks are matured on Raasay in our island warehouses. To be called Scotch Whisky, spirit must be aged in Scotland for a minimum of 3 years in an oak cask.

Full Size Scotch Whisky Casks
Our full size Scotch whisky casks include up to 10 years of warehouse storage. After 3 years of maturation, the cask owner can decide at what point they would like to bottle their whisky.

Small Scotch Whisky Casks
Our small 30 litre casks include 3 years of warehouse storage. We will then bottle your cask on your behalf, charged to you at then current industry rates. We strongly recommend that you bottle your 30 litre cask after three years. Due to the increase surface to volume ratio in a 30 litre cask there is considerably more evaporation (Angel’s share) and much greater influence on the flavour of the spirit from the oak cask.

Finishing
We do not currently offer any additional finishing options for cask purchases.

Can 30 Litre Casks Be Matured More Than 3 Years?

We strongly recommend that you bottle your 30 litre cask after three years. Due to the increase surface to volume ratio in a 30 litre cask there is considerably more evaporation (angel’s share) and much greater influence on the flavour of the spirit from the oak cask.

To discuss further with our team please complete the form below.

Labelling

During the bottling process, whisky from your cask will be labelled under the Isle of Raasay Distillery brand by default. Any other specific label text requests or requirements may be considered but would need to be arranged by prior written agreement and may incur additional costs.

Bottling

The cost of bottling is not included in the cost of your cask. We will arrange bottling with the casks owner at an agreed cost prior to bottling based on industry standard rates at the time of bottling.

All of our bottling will take place on site at the distillery. The water used to reduce your spirit down to bottling strength is the same water used throughout our process, sourced from our Celtic well on-site.

Cask Samples & Visiting Casks

Cask SamplesDrawing cask samples in our dunnage warehouse requires breaking up the stows to access each cask. We will therefore draw cask samples every 3 years on pre-arranged dates. Cask sample tastings will also be available at our cask owner events. Please join our Slàinte Whisky Club to receive information on upcoming events.- wordpress-581402-1968994.cloudwaysapps.com/slainte

Visiting Casks
We will be arranging special events for casks owners in the future, allowing them to visit their casks in our island warehouses. Please join our Slàinte Club where we will keep members up to date with information on upcoming events.

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What Happens After I’ve Ordered My Cask?

Once you have purchased your cask we will provide a full terms and condition document by email for you to sign and return to us. This will document will also act as your proof of ownership.

Number of Bottles per Cask

The number of bottles in your cask will vary depending on the angels’ share – the natural evaporation and loss of spirit that occurs during maturation – as well as the maturation period, bottle size and bottling strength. For example, we estimate a 190 litre cask will produce 250 70cl bottles at 46% ABV. This number is approximate and will vary based on the above factors.

Are There Other Additional Costs?

Additional costs over and above the price paid for your whisky include:

• Bottling, Dry Goods & Delivery.
• UK Duty & Value Added Tax (VAT). All taxes are subject to change by the UK government.
• International Taxes.

If your bottled whisky is exported from the UK, international duty and other taxes may be payable. Different tax rates apply throughout the EU and the rest of the world. If your bottled whisky is being exported from the UK, UK duty and VAT may not payable.

Duty & Tax

Duty
HMRC charge Duty on liquid based on the percentage of pure alcohol. This is measured in alcohol per volume (ABV).

VAT
UK value added tax (VAT) is currently 20%. Both Duty and VAT are due after your cask has been bottled and the finished goods are removed from our bonded warehouse.

Other Taxes
Different rates of Duty apply throughout the EU and the rest of the world.

Tax Variations
All taxes are subject to change by the UK government.

Duty & Tax Examples

The below examples are based on what we believe to be the worst case future scenario. The figures used in our examples are all subject to change.

30 Litre Casks
Based on current UK duty rates of £28.74 (valid at February 2019) per litre of pure alcohol, a 30 litre cask when filled at 63.5% will hold 19.05 litres of pure alcohol, equating to a total of £547.50 alcohol duty. However, these rates are subject to change and the figure does not account for variables such as the angels’ share, which is the natural evaporation and subsequent loss of spirit that occurs during maturation in the cask.

For approximately 40 bottles – not including any potential evaporation in order to offset potential UK duty increases – we estimate that including bottling costs charged at standard industry rates, UK duty and VAT at 20%, the total payable will be around £2,009.2 in three years’ time, which equates to £50.23 per bottle including the original cask price of £999.

190 Litre Casks
Based on current UK duty rates of £28.74 (valid at February 2019) per litre of pure alcohol, a 190 litre cask when filled at 63.5% will hold 120.65 litres of pure alcohol, equating to a total of £3467.48 alcohol duty. However, these rates are subject to change and the figure does not account for variables such as the angels’ share, which is the natural evaporation and subsequent loss of spirit that occurs during maturation in the cask.

For approximately 250 bottles – not including any potential evaporation in order to offset potential UK duty increases – we estimate that including bottling costs at standard industry rates, UK duty and VAT at 20%, the total payable will be around £11,365 in ten years’ time, which equates to £45.46 per bottle including the original cask price of £6,000.

Delivery & Collection

Delivery costs are not included in the cost of your whisky and will be charged at standard rates at the time of bottling. Bottles can also be collected from the distillery by prior arrangement at a mutually agreed time. All collection costs are the responsibility of the cask owner. Single Malt Scotch Whisky can only be exported from Scotland in bottles, so your cask will be bottled by us on Raasay and then exported to your country. The cask is not included in the sale, unless you are buying one of our smaller 30 litre casks, which are included in the sale.

UK & Europe

Delivery is available to UK and European countries. Shipping cost will vary dependant on the delivery address.

United States of America

Please contact us for more information on shipping to the US.

Other International

If you would like to have your bottles delivered to an address outside of the UK or Europe, please contact us.

View Cask Terms & Conditions

You can view our full terms & conditions for cask purchases by clicking on the link below.

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Require More Information?

To request more information on our cask offering, please complete the form below. A member of the Raasay Distillery team will then be in touch to answer any queries.

Alternatively, please feel free to contact our team on +44 (0) 1478 470178 or email [email protected]

Require More Information? To request more information on our cask offering, please complete the form below.
A member of the Raasay Distillery team will then be in touch to answer any queries.

Isle of Raasay Distillery

Isle of Raasay Distillery

The magical 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.

Rooted in centuries of illicit distilling, Raasay provides the ingredients for the perfect dram.

Every drop of spirit is distilled, matured and bottled on the island using water from the Raasay Distillery well.

Pioneering Scottish Island Distillery

Experience at first hand our exciting journey from revitalising a landmark island building, to harvesting the first Raasay barley for a generation, and handcrafting the first legal Isle of Raasay Gin and Isle of Raasay Single Malts in history.

Isle of Raasay Single Malt

Our signature Isle of Raasay Single Malt is lightly peated balanced with rich dark fruit flavours.

Matured in six signature casks as part of our unique six-part maturation, creating real depth and complexity. Natural colour, non-chill filtered. 46.4% ABV.

Isle of Raasay Gin

Our handcrafted Scottish island gin combines ten carefully chosen botanicals, including Raasay juniper, rhubarb root, sweet orange peel and our triple distilled spirit. The result is dry, zesty and refreshingly smooth.

Isle of Raasay Distillery Casks

Choose between one of our small, full size, or shared Isle of Raasay whisky casks via Caskshare, and become part of the Isle of Raasay Distillery story.

Opening Times & Exciting Changes At the Distillery

This year, we are making major improvements to our visitor centre and accommodation, including adding a restaurant. Construction work will be ongoing at the distillery until approximately May 2022. We have temporary arrangements in place for our distillery tours and shop and we aim to minimise any disruption caused during your visit.

Distillery Tours

There is something for everyone on our distillery, warehouse, and mouth-watering chocolate tours.

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Shop & Bar

Monday to Sunday from 10am – 11pm.

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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 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 Isle of Raasay Distillery for an unforgettable experience!

Save £5 on Your First Online Order

Slàinte Club members enjoy £5 off their first online order over £50, and are always the first to find out about new releases and stories from the island.

Celebrating World Whisky Day

Get FREE premium UK delivery this weekend!

To celebrate this special day in the calendar, we’re offering free premium delivery for UK customers across all our products from today until midnight tomorrow (Sunday 22nd May).

With fresh stock of our new batch of Isle of Raasay Single Malt R-01.1 now available, it’s the perfect time to treat yourself or a loved one.

Check out our full range of whisky (and gin!) using the links below.

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