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Raasay

Raasay can be reached via ferry from Sconser and it is well worth spending a day there. The ferry landing is very close to Raasay House which is easily reached on foot. Raasay is most famous for being the birthplace of Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean, an important figure in the Scottish Renaissance. Traditionally the home of Clan MacSween, the island was ruled by the MacLeods from the 15th to the 19th century. Subsequently, a series of private landlords held title to the island, which is now largely in public ownership. Raasay House, which was visited by James Boswell and Samuel Johnson in 1773, is now an hotel, restaurant, bar and outdoor activity centre. Raasay means "Isle of the Roe Deer" and is home to an endemic subspecies of bank vole. The current Chief of the Island is Roderick John Macleod of Raasay.

How To Drive on Single Track Roads

'How To Drive on Single Track Roads' Struthach Productions
Animation by Georgia, music by Alasdair
Struthach Films
A short film about how to drive on single track roads
Useful advice for anyone coming to the Scottish Highlands and Islands

Sorley MacLean was a Scottish Gaelic poet, described by the Scottish Poetry Library as "one of the major Scottish poets of the modern era" because of his "mastery of his chosen medium and his engagement with the European poetic tradition and European politics".
Nobel Prize Laureate Seamus Heaney credited MacLean with saving Scottish Gaelic poetry. He was raised in a strict Presbyterian family on the island of Raasay, immersed in Gaelic culture and literature from birth, but abandoned religion for socialism. In the late 1930s, he befriended many Scottish Renaissance figures, such as Hugh MacDiarmid and Douglas Young. He was wounded three times while serving in the Royal Corps of Signals during the North African Campaign. MacLean published little after the war, due to his perfectionism. In 1956, he became head teacher at Plockton High School, where he advocated for the use of the Gaelic language in formal education.
Official Sorley MacLean Website
Sorley MacLean
Sorley MacLean at Hallaig, Raasay, c. 1982. (Dr Julian Toms)

An Roghainn Dàin Do Eimhir XXII · Julie Fowlis Gach Sgeul / Every Story
℗ Machair Records
Released on: 2014-02-24
Lyricist: Sorley MacLean
Composer: Sorley MacLean

‘An Roghainn/The Choice‘ is a lyrical love poem by Raasay’s own Sorley MacLean.
He was the most significant Gaelic poet of the 20th Century.
The poem has been beautifully committed to music by Donald Shaw

Official Julie Fowlis Website
The new Calmac Sconser to Raasay Hybrid Ferry
The ferry is designed for use on the short crossing route and uses some of the most innovative new ‘green’ technology, including battery banks supplying a minimum of 20% of the energy consumed on board. The ferry has a service speed of nine knots and is powered by small diesel generator set, feeding power to a 400 volt switchboard, which supplies power to electric propulsion motors that turn the propulsion units. In addition 2 lithium-ion battery banks with a total of 700kWh also supply power to the units reducing fuel and CO2 consumption by at least 20%. The battery banks are charged overnight from the mains. The vessel design and power configuration will additionally realise 19-24% savings of power input to the propulsion units over a conventional diesel mechanical solution reducing Carbon Dioxide, Sulphur Oxide and Nitrous Oxide emissions. Caledonian Maritime Assests Ltd are also looking at the possibility of using energy from local wind, wave or solar systems to charge the batteries, making the process even more environmentally friendly.
CalMac Raasay Hybrid Ferry
CalMac Raasay Hybrid Ferry
Raasay House September 2013
Raasay House September 2013
Raasay Beach September 2013
Raasay Beach September 2013
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Calum's Road May 2019
Calum Macleod's Road May 2019
Raasay Flying Pig May 2019
Raasay Flying Pig May 2019
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View of the Skye Bridge
from the Kyle of Locchalsh
The Cuillin in the background
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View towards Sconser September 2013
View towards Sconser September 2013
Raasay Towards Old Man of Storr September 2013
Raasay Towards Old Man of Storr September 2013
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Raasay Distillery May 2019
Raasay Distillery May 2019
Raasay Distillery May 2019
Raasay Distillery May 2019
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Raasay Distillery May 2019
Raasay Distillery May 2019
Raasay Distillery May 2019
Raasay Distillery May 2019
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Raasay Distillery May 2019
Raasay Distillery May 2019
Raasay Distillery May 2019
Raasay Distillery May 2019
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The view towards the Isle of Skye from Raasay House looking towards the Trotternish Storr September 2013
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The view from Raasay House towards the Isle of Skye looking at the Cuillin Mountains September 2013
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