The Isle of Raasay is renowned for its wealth of outdoor activities. There is an exceptional outdoor centre here which offers an amazing range of pursuits. Sea kayaking, canoeing, abseiling, mountain biking, escorted wildlife walking, hill-loch fishing and even gorge-walking down the dramatic rivers that flow through the rocky crags, are some of the activities that visitors can participate in. The cottage also has an adjoining slipway for boating enthusiasts. Raasay is Gaelic for ‘the isle of Roe deer’ and local wildlife abounds. Not only deer but nesting golden eagles, visiting white-tailed eagles, Northern Diver, seals, dolphins and a number of otters can be seen in the vicinity. The island terrain varies from heather-clad moorland, forests and hills to rocky outcrops and limestone cliffs. Dun Caan is the highest point on the island. A distinctive flat-topped mountain with a 360 degree view from the summit, it makes a wonderful day’s walk for the fit and able. For the less energetic there are numerous woodland walks through pretty scenery and miles of single tracks and quiet lanes for cycling and exploring. An intriguing story lies behind the now famous ‘Calum’s Road’, which runs from the ruins of Brochel Castle to Arnish. It was constructed by the sole inhabitant of Raasay, Calum MacLeod, who, after the clearances, wanted to encourage people to return to his beloved island. Using only a wheelbarrow and local stone the project took over 20 years to complete and is commemorated in the book by Roger Hutchinson. It is still in use today.
Local facilities include a restaurant, café, general store and post office, together with an excellent leisure centre. This is an ideal location for a real get-away-from-it-all holiday whilst being readily accessible to the delights of the Isle of Skye by a short and frequent ferry crossing. A real “island hopping” adventure holiday!