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Isle of Raasay is located between Skye and mainland Scotland (Applecross Peninsula). The island is best known as the birthplace Sorley MacLean (1911-1996) - one of Scotland's most significant poets. Raasay Island covers a total area of approx 62 km2 (24 ml2) and has population around 200.
The highest elevation point (the flat-topped peak Dùn Caan) is 444 m (1457 ft). Raasay is surrounded by several smaller isles (most named with the prefix Eilean), including Fladday, Tigh, Aird nan Gobhar, an Inbhire, Holoman, Manish, Fraoch, Glas, Griana-sgeir, an Fhraoich. The island's main settlement is Inverarish - on the southwestern coast.
Raasay island's primary employers are tourism, the ferry company, crofting (small-scale food production) and sea fishing. Some of the locals work on Isle of Skye. Raasay has only a primary school (older students ferry each day to Portree / Skye Island). Ferry travel to Skye is approx 25-min (Inverarish to Sconser).
Among the island's most popular tourist attractions are the Brochel Castle ruins and numerous walking paths. Inverarish has a shop (with post office service). Hotel accommodations are available in Raasay House. Various holiday homes are also available in the island's southern part.
In 2007, the island's population signed a contract with several building contractors to build a community centre (opened in May 2010). In 2008 started the construction works for the new Churchton Bay ferry terminal (inaugurated in August 2010). Raasay House is a 4 star hotel with an outdoor activity centre consisting of restaurant, cafe and bar.
Isle of Raasay cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Raasay Island dock (anchor) at Inverarish - port town on the southwestern coast.
Port Isle of Raasay cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Isle of Raasay, Scotland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|11 May, 2019|