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Rassay [1] is an island off the coast of Skye. It is one of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.


Dùn Caan from Loch na Mna

The island is about 14 miles by 5 miles wide, and is home to around 160 people.

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A Calmac [2] car ferry operates from Sconser on Skye to Inverarish on Raasay. In summer there are 9 nine sailings per day Mon-Sat (first 08.25, last 18.45) and two on Sundays.

At Sconser there are connections with Citylink [3] buses to Glasgow and Inverness, and local Stagecoach [4] services to Broadford and Portree.

Get around[edit]

The start of Calum's Road

There is no public transport on Raasay; the only realistic options are to drive, walk or cycle. Hitchhiking is also possible.

If you go to the north of the island, you will probably end up travelling on Calum's Road. Over a period of about ten years (1964-1974), the crofter Calum MacLeod constructed one and three quarter miles of road between Brochel Castle and Arnish, using little more than a shovel, a pick and a wheelbarrow. The road was subsequently paved by the council. Since then, both Calum and the road have been immortalised in song and books. This portion of the road is well-marked, with signs and a memorial cairn at Brochel Castle.

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  • Raasay Youth Hostel, Creachan Cottage, Raasay, IV40 8NT, 01478 660 240 [5]. A basic hostel with breathtaking views. Open from Mid-May to early Sept. Hostel is 3 miles from the ferry.
  • Borodale House, IV40 8PB +44 1478 660222 [6]. Hotel with rooms from £40.
  • Raasay House, IV40 8PB +44 1478 660266 [7]. Outdoor centre - currently being rebuilt after a fire in 2009.


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