Raasay Distillery

Raasay | Inverarish | Distillery | ★★★

[Possibly the best view from any distillery in Scotland?]

Opening its doors to the public in January 2018, Raasay Distillery is the Isle of Raasay's very first whisky distillery. Or should we say legal distillery - because illicit distilling no doubt existed at various times in this remote island's past. The operation is a small one - equipment is pretty much squeezed into a single room (photography isn't permitted in here) - and production only began in 2017, so Raasay whisky won't be available to drink until 2020 at the earliest. For now, the informative, friendly tours include a tasting of While We Wait - a blend of peated and unpeated expressions from elsewhere in Scotland in proportions which we imagine will roughly mirror the finished product. With so many distilleries now available to visit, why choose this one? Well, the beautifully-designed building has a stunning outlook across the Narrows of Raasay towards Skye's Cuillin mountain range which is hard to beat. And were certainly given the impression that this new venture is breathing a new lease of life into a community where local jobs may be otherwise scarce.

[Raasay Distillery]

📌 Raasay Distillery ★★★
By minor road half a mile (15-min walk) east of the ferry terminal, Raasay, G.R.: NG 550364 ///pulp.towns.campus
Open daily except over Christmas & New Year period; booking recommended, and compulsory on Sundays | £10+ adult / £5+ child depending on tour type

Getting to Raasay

Raasay is a small island reached by generally frequent, 25-min CalMac ferries from Sconser on the Isle of Skye. Cars are permitted, but are usually unnecessary for most tourists visiting the island's main attractions, which are all close to the ferry terminal on the south side of the island.

[Raasay Distillery]

[Raasay Distillery]

[Raasay Distillery]

[Raasay Distillery]

[Raasay Distillery]

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