Opening Hours

Raasay House Hotel

Raasay House Hotel Opening Hours

July 2022

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Friday 01/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Saturday 02/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Sunday 03/07
  • Closed
Monday 04/07
  • Open 12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday 05/07
  • Open 10:30 - 23:00
Wednesday 06/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Thursday 07/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Friday 08/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Saturday 09/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Sunday 10/07
  • Closed
Monday 11/07
  • Open 12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday 12/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Wednesday 13/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Thursday 14/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Friday 15/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Saturday 16/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Sunday 17/07
  • Closed
Monday 18/07
  • Open 12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday 19/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Wednesday 20/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Thursday 21/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Friday 22/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Saturday 23/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00 (lunch 12:00 till 15:00,restaurant is closed in the evening)
Sunday 24/07
  • Closed
Monday 25/07
  • Open 12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday 26/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Wednesday 27/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Thursday 28/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Friday 29/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Saturday 30/07
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Sunday 31/07
  • Closed

August 2022

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Monday 01/08
Tuesday 02/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Wednesday 03/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Thursday 04/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Friday 05/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Saturday 06/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Sunday 07/08
  • Closed
Monday 08/08
  • Open 12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday 09/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Wednesday 10/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Thursday 11/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Friday 12/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Saturday 13/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Sunday 14/08
  • Closed
Monday 15/08
  • Open 12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday 16/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Wednesday 17/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Thursday 18/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Friday 19/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Saturday 20/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Sunday 21/08
  • Closed
Monday 22/08
  • Open 12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday 23/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Wednesday 24/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Thursday 25/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Friday 26/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Saturday 27/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Sunday 28/08
  • Closed
Monday 29/08
  • Open 12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday 30/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Wednesday 31/08
  • Open 10:30 23:00

September 2022

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Thursday 01/09
  • PRIVATE BOOKING- SOLE OCCUPANCY - CLOSED TO PUBLIC
Friday 02/09
  • PRIVATE BOOKING- SOLE OCCUPANCY - CLOSED TO PUBLIC
Saturday 03/09
  • PRIVATE BOOKING- SOLE OCCUPANCY - CLOSED TO PUBLIC
Sunday 04/09
  • Closed
Monday 05/09
  • Closed
Tuesday 06/09
  • Open 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 07/09
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Thursday 08/09
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Friday 09/09
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Saturday 10/09
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Sunday 11/09
  • Open 10:30 - 23:00
Monday 12/09
  • Open 10:30 - 23:00
Tuesday 13/09
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Wednesday 14/09
  • Closed
Thursday 15/09
  • Closed
Friday 16/09
  • Open 12:00 - 23:00
Saturday 17/09
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Sunday 18/09
  • Open 10:30 - 23:00
Monday 19/09
  • Open 10:30 - 23:00
Tuesday 20/09
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Wednesday 21/09
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Thursday 22/09
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Friday 23/09
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Saturday 24/09
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Sunday 25/09
  • Closed
Monday 26/09
  • PRIVATE BOOKING- SOLE OCCUPANCY - CLOSED TO PUBLIC
Tuesday 27/09
  • PRIVATE BOOKING- SOLE OCCUPANCY - CLOSED TO PUBLIC
Wednesday 28/09
  • PRIVATE BOOKING- SOLE OCCUPANCY - CLOSED TO PUBLIC
Thursday 29/09
  • PRIVATE BOOKING- SOLE OCCUPANCY - CLOSED TO PUBLIC
Friday 30/09
  • PRIVATE BOOKING- SOLE OCCUPANCY - CLOSED TO PUBLIC

October 2022

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Saturday 01/10
  • PRIVATE BOOKING- SOLE OCCUPANCY - CLOSED TO PUBLIC
Sunday 02/10
  • PRIVATE BOOKING- SOLE OCCUPANCY - CLOSED TO PUBLIC
Monday 03/10
  • Closed
Tuesday 04/10
  • Closed
Wednesday 05/10
  • Open 12:00 - 23:00
Thursday 06/10
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Friday 07/10
  • Closed to Public for Private booking
Saturday 08/10
  • Closed to Public for Private booking
Sunday 09/10
  • Closed
Monday 10/10
Tuesday 11/10
  • Open 10:30 - 23:00
Wednesday 12/10
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Thursday 13/10
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Friday 14/10
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Saturday 15/10
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Sunday 16/10
  • Closed
Monday 17/10
  • Closed
Tuesday 18/10
  • Open 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 19/10
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Thursday 20/10
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Friday 21/10
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Saturday 22/10
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Sunday 23/10
  • Closed
Monday 24/10
  • Closed
Tuesday 25/10
  • Open 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 26/10
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Thursday 27/10
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Friday 28/10
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Saturday 29/10
  • Open 10:30 23:00
Sunday 30/10
  • Closed
Monday 31/10
  • Closed

November 2022

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tuesday 01/11
  • Closed
Wednesday 02/11
  • Closed
Thursday 03/11
  • Closed
Friday 04/11
  • Closed
Saturday 05/11
  • Closed
Sunday 06/11
  • Closed
Monday 07/11
  • Closed
Tuesday 08/11
  • Closed
Wednesday 09/11
  • Closed
Thursday 10/11
  • Closed
Friday 11/11
  • Closed
Saturday 12/11
  • Closed
Sunday 13/11
  • Closed
Monday 14/11
  • Closed
Tuesday 15/11
  • Closed
Wednesday 16/11
  • Closed
Thursday 17/11
  • Closed
Friday 18/11
  • Closed
Saturday 19/11
  • Closed
Sunday 20/11
  • Closed
Monday 21/11
  • Closed
Tuesday 22/11
  • Closed
Wednesday 23/11
  • Closed
Thursday 24/11
  • Closed
Friday 25/11
  • Closed
Saturday 26/11
  • Closed
Sunday 27/11
  • Closed
Monday 28/11
  • Closed
Tuesday 29/11
  • Closed
Wednesday 30/11
  • Closed

December 2022

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Thursday 01/12
  • Closed
Friday 02/12
  • Closed
Saturday 03/12
  • Closed
Sunday 04/12
  • Closed
Monday 05/12
  • Closed
Tuesday 06/12
  • Closed
Wednesday 07/12
  • Closed
Thursday 08/12
  • Closed
Friday 09/12
  • Closed
Saturday 10/12
  • Closed
Sunday 11/12
  • Closed
Monday 12/12
  • Closed
Tuesday 13/12
  • Closed
Wednesday 14/12
  • Closed
Thursday 15/12
  • Closed
Friday 16/12
  • Closed
Saturday 17/12
  • Closed
Sunday 18/12
  • Closed
Monday 19/12
  • Closed
Tuesday 20/12
  • Closed
Wednesday 21/12
  • Closed
Thursday 22/12
  • Closed
Friday 23/12
  • Closed
Saturday 24/12
  • Closed
Sunday 25/12
  • Closed
Monday 26/12
  • Closed
Tuesday 27/12
  • Closed
Wednesday 28/12
  • Closed
Thursday 29/12
  • Closed
Friday 30/12
  • Closed
Saturday 31/12
  • Closed

January 2023

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Sunday 01/01
  • Closed
Monday 02/01
  • Closed
Tuesday 03/01
  • Closed
Wednesday 04/01
  • Closed
Thursday 05/01
  • Closed
Friday 06/01
  • Closed
Saturday 07/01
  • Closed
Sunday 08/01
  • Closed
Monday 09/01
  • Closed
Tuesday 10/01
  • Closed
Wednesday 11/01
  • Closed
Thursday 12/01
  • Closed
Friday 13/01
  • Closed
Saturday 14/01
  • Closed
Sunday 15/01
  • Closed
Monday 16/01
  • Closed
Tuesday 17/01
  • Closed
Wednesday 18/01
  • Closed
Thursday 19/01
  • Closed
Friday 20/01
  • Closed
Saturday 21/01
  • Closed
Sunday 22/01
  • Closed
Monday 23/01
  • Closed
Tuesday 24/01
  • Closed
Wednesday 25/01
  • Closed
Thursday 26/01
  • Closed
Friday 27/01
  • Closed
Saturday 28/01
  • Closed
Sunday 29/01
  • Closed
Monday 30/01
  • Closed
Tuesday 31/01
  • Closed

February 2023

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Wednesday 01/02
  • Closed
Thursday 02/02
  • Closed
Friday 03/02
  • Closed
Saturday 04/02
  • Closed
Sunday 05/02
  • Closed
Monday 06/02
  • Closed
Tuesday 07/02
  • Closed
Wednesday 08/02
  • Closed
Thursday 09/02
  • Closed
Friday 10/02
  • Closed
Saturday 11/02
  • Closed
Sunday 12/02
  • Closed
Monday 13/02
  • Closed
Tuesday 14/02
  • Closed
Wednesday 15/02
  • Closed
Thursday 16/02
  • Closed
Friday 17/02
  • Closed
Saturday 18/02
  • Closed
Sunday 19/02
  • Closed
Monday 20/02
  • Closed
Tuesday 21/02
  • Closed
Wednesday 22/02
  • Closed
Thursday 23/02
  • Closed
Friday 24/02
  • Closed
Saturday 25/02
  • Closed
Sunday 26/02
  • Closed
Monday 27/02
  • Closed
Tuesday 28/02
  • Closed

March 2023

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Wednesday 01/03
  • Closed
Thursday 02/03
  • Closed
Friday 03/03
  • Closed
Saturday 04/03
  • Closed
Sunday 05/03
  • Closed
Monday 06/03
  • Closed
Tuesday 07/03
  • Closed
Wednesday 08/03
  • Closed
Thursday 09/03
  • Closed
Friday 10/03
  • Closed
Saturday 11/03
  • Closed
Sunday 12/03
  • Closed
Monday 13/03
  • Closed
Tuesday 14/03
  • Closed
Wednesday 15/03
  • Closed
Thursday 16/03
  • Closed
Friday 17/03
  • Closed
Saturday 18/03
  • Closed
Sunday 19/03
  • Closed
Monday 20/03
  • Closed
Tuesday 21/03
  • Closed
Wednesday 22/03
  • Closed
Thursday 23/03
  • Closed
Friday 24/03
  • Closed
Saturday 25/03
  • Closed
Sunday 26/03
  • Closed
Monday 27/03
  • Closed
Tuesday 28/03
  • Closed
Wednesday 29/03
  • Closed
Thursday 30/03
  • Closed
Friday 31/03

April 2023

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Saturday 01/04
Sunday 02/04
Monday 03/04
Tuesday 04/04
  • OPEN 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 05/04
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Thursday 06/04
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Friday 07/04
Saturday 08/04
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Sunday 09/04
  • Closed
Monday 10/04
  • Closed
Tuesday 11/04
  • OPEN 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 12/04
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Thursday 13/04
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Friday 14/04
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Saturday 15/04
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Sunday 16/04
  • Closed
Monday 17/04
  • Closed
Tuesday 18/04
  • OPEN 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 19/04
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Thursday 20/04
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Friday 21/04
Saturday 22/04
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Sunday 23/04
  • Closed
Monday 24/04
  • OPEN 12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday 25/04
Wednesday 26/04
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Thursday 27/04
Friday 28/04
Saturday 29/04
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Sunday 30/04
  • Closed

May 2023

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Monday 01/05
  • Closed
Tuesday 02/05
  • OPEN 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 03/05
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Thursday 04/05
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Friday 05/05
  • OPEN 10:30 -23:00
Saturday 06/05
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Sunday 07/05
  • Closed
Monday 08/05
  • Closed
Tuesday 09/05
  • OPEN 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 10/05
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Thursday 11/05
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Friday 12/05
  • OPEN 10:30 -23:00
Saturday 13/05
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Sunday 14/05
  • Closed
Monday 15/05
  • Closed
Tuesday 16/05
  • OPEN 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 17/05
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Thursday 18/05
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Friday 19/05
  • OPEN 10:30 -23:00
Saturday 20/05
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Sunday 21/05
  • Closed
Monday 22/05
  • Closed
Tuesday 23/05
  • OPEN 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 24/05
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Thursday 25/05
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Friday 26/05
  • OPEN 10:30 -23:00
Saturday 27/05
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Sunday 28/05
Monday 29/05
  • Closed
Tuesday 30/05
  • OPEN 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 31/05
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00

June 2023

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Thursday 01/06
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Friday 02/06
  • OPEN 10:30 -23:00
Saturday 03/06
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Sunday 04/06
  • Closed
Monday 05/06
  • Closed
Tuesday 06/06
  • OPEN 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 07/06
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Thursday 08/06
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Friday 09/06
  • OPEN 10:30 -23:00
Saturday 10/06
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Sunday 11/06
  • Closed
Monday 12/06
  • Closed
Tuesday 13/06
  • OPEN 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 14/06
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Thursday 15/06
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Friday 16/06
  • OPEN 10:30 -23:00
Saturday 17/06
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Sunday 18/06
  • Closed
Monday 19/06
  • Closed
Tuesday 20/06
  • OPEN 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 21/06
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Thursday 22/06
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Friday 23/06
  • OPEN 10:30 -23:00
Saturday 24/06
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Sunday 25/06
  • Closed
Monday 26/06
  • Closed
Tuesday 27/06
  • OPEN 12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 28/06
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Thursday 29/06
  • OPEN 10:30 - 23:00
Friday 30/06
  • OPEN 10:30 -23:00

We reserve the right to change our opening days/hours without notice.

If you would like any assistance please email us on info@raasay-house.co.uk

SAS Who Dares Wins Returns To Raasay!

After two very successful SAS: Who Dares Wins seasons last year which saw contestants fighting for their survival right here on the Isle of Raasay, we were thrilled to welcome Minnow Films back again to film season 6 last autumn. As it had been in 2019, Raasay House was again used by the film crew as the main hub where meetings could take place, equipment could be charged and looked after, meals could be eaten and where the crew could unwind and recharge when some downtime came around.

Covid Free “Bubble”

As with many businesses, 2020 was a very difficult year for us. With around 85% of our usual revenue gone we were delighted when Minnow Films contacted us once again about bringing SAS Who Dares Wins back to the island and to Raasay House Hotel. Raasay House had been closed since March and we had chosen to remain closed even after the July opening of hotels came around. With a largely elderly population and limited medical access we just couldn’t risk bringing untested guests into our small island community. We decided to remain closed and to cancel any bookings we had. When SAS Who Dares Wins enquired to book it was on the basis that they had a rigorous Covid prevention policy in place managed by their private medical team. This was the perfect break we had been waiting for amid a desperate year for the business. Knowing that all crew members would be Covid free and could exist in a special covid free bubble with our staff for the duration of filming was a very reassuring prospect. Our own staff team had to be tested and then go into isolation, some even isolating away from their families and then staying away from home in the bubble for the duration of the shoot. This significant booking allowed us to end the year on a happier note and in a better position to face what 2021 would bring. Thank goodness considering that our planned opening in February is only happening now….in the latter half of May!

The bubble system which covered our team, the crew and recruits protected our island community and allowed us to offer a relaxed and informal place for the crew to feel at home away from home. The crews were shooting 24 hours a day in challenging conditions and it was wonderful to be able to provide a base where they could recharge their batteries.

Spanner in the works

Just after the film crew arrived and started to settle in we heard the news that hotel pubs and hotels in our area were to become subject to a 10 pm curfew. This was a concern for us because crew members working long shifts and finishing at odd hours still needed to take dinner and refreshments sometimes late at night. We knew that our special situation was nothing like the usual situation serving the general public so we felt we should be exempt.

We contacted our local licencing office and outlined our rather unique situation. Yes, we have licensed premises, but all of our guests and staff were in a covid tested bubble, essentially making them the same household, we couldn’t see how the rules for public opening should apply. Our local licensing office was very helpful and put us in touch with a fantastic solicitor from TLT solicitors who agreed to look at our situation straight away. We began working with him to present our situation to the Scottish government, which was that the hotel was only in use for this one private group as accommodation and a workplace canteen. During this time while gathering our information for an exemption for the 10 pm rule another more serious spanner was thrown into the works, all licensed premises must close at 6 pm. This would mean crew wanting to come back for dinner after 6 pm would have to sit outside or in their rooms to eat a takeaway, not ideal after being out in the West Highland October weather for 12 hours. Our solicitor gathered details of our Covid free bubble, risk assessments and many other documents and presented our case to the powers that be. We were over the moon when we heard that the exemption had been granted and that we would receive a letter allowing us to cater properly for the crew.

Raasay House SAS Who Dares Wins Safety Boat

For the crew it’s real physical work, hiking up and down barely accessible escarpments, lugging heavy cameras and other equipment around, standing in a dry suit in the sea filming whilst getting blasted on the face with ice-cold waves, getting absolutely drenched and blasted by the highland winds at practically all times. When you see the recruits on the show going through hell, spare a thought for the team behind the scenes who definitely deserve some high praise as well. We had a little taste ourselves of what this kind of work involves while providing extra safety support in our RIB.

As we had done in 2019, we provided an extra boat for some of the sea and beach activities in 2020. With a show like SAS WDW where you have the most challenging locations, conditions and activities, the amount of behind the scenes preparation and safety support is huge. We were working extremely close to the action carrying the dedicated medics from ‘Remote Trauma’ while they closely monitored the safety of the crew and recruits. Despite the long hours, waiting around, wet and cold conditions this was such a great experience for us. Imagine bobbing around in a RIB with all the action going on around you! Very cool indeed!

TV and Film in the time of Covid

The fact that so many films and TV shows have been able to keep filming during the pandemic is largely due to these bubble systems where the crew are tested and isolated and then can work together freely during the shoot. Our location coupled with the fact that you can have exclusive use of Raasay House does make us a great option for TV and Film clients, even more so since Covid. We have seen an increased level of enquiry from this type of client and we hope that this trend continues. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Minnow Films these past 2 years. Lots of fun moments like the one captured in the main image above. This was the moment when our founding director, Lyn, introduced the DS to a couple of her favourite swords! Yes there’s never a dull moment here, that’s for sure!

No Spoilers

Unfortunately, we can’t give you any tips on what happens in this series but do we hope that you are as excited as we are to see Raasay back on our TV screens for the second year in a row.

You can watch the first episode of SAS: Who Dares Wins (Location Raasay & Skye) on Channel 4 at 21:00 tonight.

Family Outdoor Activity Holiday

On our all-inclusive family outdoor activity holidays, you will stay in your choice of family accommodation, enjoy fabulous food, take part in a mixture of outdoor activities and enjoy some free time to explore or relax at your own pace. Our all-inclusive package is the easiest and most cost-effective way to enjoy a range of activities and our excellent hospitality.

outdoor activity holiday raasay skye hotel family

What’s included in the Family Outdoor Activity Holiday?

  • Accommodation
  • Delicious breakfast with continental and cooked dishes (Each morning)
  • Lunches from our day menu which has dishes such as soups, toasted flatbreads, salads etc.
  • Delicious evening meals
  • All instruction, equipment and transportation on the island for the activity session
    Exclusions

Exclusions: The package does not include drinks, ice creams, sweets or other extra refreshments but these are available and you can charge these to your room if you wish.

What does a typical Family Activity Holiday look like?

Our holidays are customisable and can be any length from 3 nights to 6 nights and but a typical 6-night package might look something like this.

Sample 6 Night Summer or Easter Holiday

  • Monday
    • Afternoon Arrival
  • Tuesday
    • AM Loch Kayaking Family Games Session
    • PM Traditional Sailing aboard our Hebridean Fishing Boat, creels, line fishing, hands-on experience
  • Wednesday
    • AM Rock Climbing/abseiling – exploring the beautiful north end of the island – full day with packed lunches
    • PM Rock Climbing/abseiling – exploring the beautiful north end of the island – full day with packed lunches
  • Thursday
    • AM Free Time – maybe take a day trip to Skye or Climb Dun Caan on Raasay
    • PM Free Time – maybe hire bikes and explore Raasay even further – a trip to Hallaig would be lovely.
  • Friday
    • All day-Wildlife RIB trip to the Isle of Rona – look out for seals, dolphins, eagles and otters as well as many sea birds and have a picnic on Rona
  • Saturday
    • AM Coasteering!
    • PM Free Time
  • Sunday
    • Depart After Breakfast

Can I add more activity sessions?

The package has one half-day session built-in for every night you stay with us. If you would like to add sessions that is great. We will also give you 10% off of every session you add on above your package. You can also hire bikes to explore the island in your free time.

What kind of room will my family be staying in?

boat trips outdoor activity holiday raasay skye hotel family

You can book this package for any type of room that we have. Our rooms vary from 8 Bedded Bunk Rooms right up to Deluxe Family Rooms with 3,4 and 5 bedded Classic Family Rooms in between.

How do I book an All-Inclusive Family Activity Package?

You can book this package easily through our booking page,

You can book this package for any type of room that we have. Our rooms vary from 8 Bedded Bunk Rooms right up to Deluxe Family Rooms with 3,4 and 5 bedded Classic Family Rooms in between.

How do I book an All Inclusive Family Activity Package?

You can book this package easily through our booking page, just look for the “Full Board With Activities” price when searching stays of 3 nights or more. Just remember to put in the correct amount of guests to get the correct price. This package is available for stays of 3 nights and more.

What about deposits and cancellations?

We ask that you pay 50% At the time of booking, then pay 50% 8 weeks before arrival. If you cancel within 8 weeks of arrival your 50% deposit will be retained. Of course, we understand that these are uncertain times so if you can demonstrate that the cancellation is due to Coronavirus illness or restrictions then you will receive a full refund.

What dates are available for an All Inclusive Activity Holiday in 2022?

Our activity holidays are available in the Easter and most of the Summer holidays.

Please have a look at the availability calendar below to help you book for 2022. Please note that we are closed on Sundays so 6 nights is our maximum package.

ALL INCLUSIVE ACTIVITY HOLIDAY AVAILABLITY

Activity Holidays are only available to book where it says Available in green on the calendar below.

July 2022

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Friday 01/07
  • NOT AVAILABLE
Saturday 02/07
  • NOT AVAILABLE
Sunday 03/07
  • NOT AVAILABLE
Monday 04/07
  • AVAILABLE
Tuesday 05/07
  • AVAILABLE
Wednesday 06/07
  • AVAILABLE
Thursday 07/07
  • AVAILABLE
Friday 08/07
  • AVAILABLE
Saturday 09/07
  • AVAILABLE
Sunday 10/07
  • NOT AVAILABLE
Monday 11/07
  • AVAILABLE
Tuesday 12/07
  • AVAILABLE
Wednesday 13/07
  • AVAILABLE
Thursday 14/07
  • AVAILABLE
Friday 15/07
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Letter from Canada

Raasay photos from the 1900’s discovered in Canada

raasay house history

At Raasay House from time to time we receive interesting emails from people in places like Australia and Canada who have family roots here on Raasay. We recently received a slightly different email from a gentleman in Ontario, Canada who has come across some Raasay House history following a house clearing. We found his email and the photos he sent quite interesting and have shared an excerpt from the gentleman’s email below along with the photographs he sent. Maybe there are some Cochranes out there that might have some information about the people in the photos.

Excerpt from the letter
“Some years ago, two old trunks were found in the attic of a house here in Sarnia. Being somewhat of a local historian, they were sent to me to determine if they held any historical information. One trunk contained negatives, mostly glass plate, but some early film and a few contact prints. The other trunk contained correspondence of the Cochrane family of the UK. Having determined they held no local content, the trunks and contents were given to me.

Upon further investigation, I discovered that a Cochrane descendant had previously lived in the house, but had since passed away leaving no local relatives. By looking at the negatives and reading some of the correspondence, I was able to determine that the family at one time (c1885-1906) owned a cattle ranch near Calgary, AB and they would travel back and forth between the ranch and the UK each year. Unfortunately, all the envelopes are missing, I presume taken for the stamps, so all I have to go on is the stationery the letters were written on.

So, I’ve been trying to match scanned images from the negatives to letters, but haven’t been having much success, however I was recently given the name of one of the houses – RAASAY HOUSE. So far, Raasay house is the only one still standing. I’m hoping that you might have a little history as to who owned/lived in the house from 1900-1910, the time frame of the majority of the negatives. I’m attaching scans of the negatives that I believe pertain to Raasay House, although I may have others that I have made the connection with.”

raasay house history hotel skye

Edward Herbert Wood

During that period 1900-1910  the house was owned by (Edward) Herbert Wood and his wife Mary Douglas Wood. Although Mr Wood was only 25 years old when he bought the Raasay estate, he was definitely not short of money being the heir to the Staffordshire Five Towns’ pottery fortune. Wood bought the house and the estate in 1876 from George Rainy who put up the infamous wall. Wood paid £65000 for the estate including the house which would be about £4 million today. Sadly, although he was said to have provided some employment to local men, Woods kept going with the existing policy of clearing inhabitants from the south and central part of Raasay to make way for deer and game. Residents who weren’t pushed up to the north end of Raasay and Rona were sent overseas.

“Mrs Wood’s Room” photographed by geography student Ian Button when the house was derelict in 1977

Following Mr Wood’s death it is rumoured that Mrs Wood, left on her own, moved into a small section of the house in the West Wing. In that wing there is a room with a big bay window which was supposedly her bedroom, we still refer to this room as “Mrs Wood’s Room”.

Here is a link to the timeline of the ownership for the Raasay estate.  https://www.highlifehighland.com/skye-and-lochalsh-archive-centre/wp-content/uploads/sites/123/2015/03/SL-D222-Raasay-Estate.pdf

You can see the Wood family as part of the house history here http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/GDL00321

Isle of Raasay visitors guide

A Natives guide to Raasay

Guest blog from islander Alastair McGowan

When you first arrive on Raasay it can become a daunting task to decide what to do, where to go, and what things are on. But never fear weary traveller as I, your friendly neighbourhood hero, am here to shine a light on everything that Raasay has to offer.

Check the ferry times

First things first you must make sure (I can’t highlight the importance of this enough) TO READ THE FERRY TIMETABLE. As there is nothing worse than paying hard earned money to experience the beauty Raasay has to offer but instead experiencing all that sleeping in your car at the ferry waiting room has to offer.

I don’t mean to come off condescending but you would be surprised by the number of times tourist miss the ferry, on weekdays and Saturday’s that isn’t so bad as there are plenty of sailings throughout the day and an extra later sailing on Saturday in the summer. But on Sundays, there are only three sailings.

Raasay House Hotel

As you first arrive on the island you will spot the Georgian mansion ‘Raasay House’. Once the seat of power for the MacLeod’s of Raasay, it is now a hotel and activity centre. This might be where many of you readers will be staying for their time on the island but even if it’s not I’d advise going to the house at some point in their stay. It has a wonderful selection of food, activities and also provides hired bikes and bus tours of the island. Their shop offers helpful tools for travellers such as the ‘Exploring Raasay’ guidebook by Nick Fairweather that gives advice, directions and the difficulty of the best walks on the island. Also sold is the book ‘Calum’s road’, written by Roger Hutchinson who lives on the island. The book tells the true story of Calum Macleod who over a period of 10 years constructed one mile and three-quarters of road by himself with little more than a wheelbarrow, shovel and pickaxe. He did this to fight against people having to move away from his home in the north end of the Island due to how isolated it was. It is a story of the power of human determination and of the love you can have for your home, there is now a cairn near Brochel castle on the island that gives recognition to Calum’s achievement. Raasay House also has the only restaurant and pub on the island so if you would like to end the night with a refreshing beverage, it’s the place to be.

Raasay Community Stores

A staple of the island is ‘Raasay Stores” the community run shop that offers an assortment of food, drinks and all different things a traveller would find useful. From Monday to Saturday the shop is open from 9 till 6.

Local Events

Just outside the shop is the community bulletin board that can tell you of anything exciting happening on the island. It could tell you of a range of events such as ceilidhs; The traditional Scottish dances that come with an insurance of music that forces you to your feet to dance and hoot to your heart’s content. And don’t be afraid to get involved if you don’t know the dances just ask a local to help you out, besides falling over and stepping on some toes is a part of the fun. So come along and have a taste of Scottish culture.

Island Art

If something more sophisticated takes your fancy why not visit Raasay’s art gallery, that houses a mixture of art from the gallery owner and a mixture of jewellery and ornaments from other artists. The owner summed up his art saying that ‘variety is the spice of life. I would get bored doing the same thing over and over again’. The shops opening times are 11am to 5.30pm from Tuesday to Saturdays from Easter to October, so why not come and see the mixture of art and enjoy a friendly conversation with the owner who in my short time talking to him had the obvious pouring out of him, that he had truly fallen in love with the island. And If it is jewellery you are after then a must do stop would be at the silver grasshopper jewellery shop, that sells lovely jewellery and other great gifts, that will be perfect mementoes of your visit to Raasay. The shop is open from 1-5 pm from Tuesday to Saturday.

Beautiful Views

Raasay has an array of beautiful views, both of the island and of Skye that you can’t get anywhere else. It simply is a beautiful Island that never tires the eye. Each day you are on the island there won’t be a scenic sight that ever looks identical, there always seems to be slight changes or different perspectives that never fail to entice the eye. Now on an island such as this, it can be hard to know where to start or which places to pick, especially if you are on a tight schedule. So, I am going to recommend some of my favourite spots on the island that you should try to visit to get an Idea of the scenic sights that Raasay offers.

Temptation Hill

Raasay House Hotel

Now if time is of the essence for your stay on Raasay a good short walk is temptation hill. They are different paths you could take to reach temptation hill but if you are staying at Raasay house the quickest route is from the road behind Raasay House. If you follow it you will also go past the Raasay Pictish stone and not much further than that you will see a walking route sign post, next to a winding path that takes you up the fairly steep hill. Once you reach the top you will think that the hill couldn’t be more aptly named, as once you see the magnificent view of the sound Raasay and the curves, ridges and peaks of the Cuillins that dominate the skyline, you will be tempted to never leave the island. Also at the top of the hill is a memorial stone of a 19-year-old girl who died, the stone was placed on temptation hill as it was her favourite spot.

Miners Trial

If you have a few hours to spare then your options for walks are much more varied. Such as the miner’s trail. To get to this walk just follow the main road from the ferry terminal, turning right once you reach the farm steading continue on this road and you will pass the church then the road splits off, go left here walking on the road alongside the Forrest keep going on this road and you will walk over a bridge keep going straight on until you reach a large tower like structure that are the remains of the old mine railroad. There is a sign saying the miner’s trail next to the path that takes you onto the trail. The rest of the walk you will be able to handle without out directions. It is a beautiful walk, with lovely views of the Cuillin and displays the typical Highland image of Heather for miles to see and brooding tall Scots pine trees scattered throughout. The walk comes to its fruition when you reach the hill above the old ferry pier that opens up to a truly jaw dropping view of the Cuillins, with the remains of the of the old mining buildings all over the hill.

Hallaig

hallaig dun caan raasay skye

Another of my favourite spots on the island is Hallaig that is both one of the most beautiful spots on the Island and a place steeped in great tragedy and sorrow. From the parking place at ferns follow the path northwards, you will walk along a memorising view of the east-coast of Raasay, and will eventually come to a memorial cairn for the people of Hallaig and other cleared crafting townships. On this, you will find a poem by native and famous poet Sorley MacLean titled Hallaig. The poem talks about the damage and impact the clearances had. You can choose to end your walk here or carry on the path and be able to see the abandoned township of Hallaig. Throughout Raasay’s history, people had settled in Hallaig and one can only think that there could of still be people living there today if not for the highland clearances. Once housing 34 families, family’s who had been in Hallaig for generations, were forced to leave their home, many going on emigration ships in search of a better life now that Hallaig had been taking from them. By the time it was over Hallaig’s population had dropped from 127 to 6. There is an eerie sense as you walk, touch and see the abandoned township. All that is left of the centuries of lives people had in Hallaig is ruins. If you close your eyes and listen to the swishing of the wind on the grass, for the cras

hing of the sea on the shore, and calls of the birds soaring in the sky. If you take them away is a

ll that is left silence? Or can you faintly hear the sound of children playing in the bracken, the men tending to their croft, and the sound of a crackling fire in the hearth that keeps the family warm?

Dun Caan

dun caan raasay skye

Now we come to the best view on the island, the summit you will have seen on your journey to Raasay. The flat top the Island is known for, Dun Caan. There are two ways you can reach the highest point on the island. One being more difficult and longer while the other still being some distance is a much easier route and is the one I would recommend. Make sure to pick a clear day to climb Dun Caan otherwise you won’t get to appreciate it as best you could, make sure to bring warm clothes as even on a warm day it can still be quite chilly at the top. While it can take some time to reach the top you will hardly notice as you will be in a euphoric state seeing the fantastic views on the climb, and once you have reached the top of the basalt summit it will be near impossible to not fall in love with the island as you witness all the beauty that surrounds Raasay in one place. From the Cullins to Apple cross, you will have the views and perspectives of these places you could never get anywhere else. It floods your body with longing to try explore the rest of the world in an attempted to find anywhere that comes close to that beauty, and gives you a sense of awe that no matter what humanity creates, it will never come close to the beauty of the natural world. Well, it at least has that effect on me, but to find out for yourself you will have to make the climb.

And that brings this guide to an end. I hope it can be helpful to those that read it and are unsure on what to do on Raasay. Enjoy your time on the Island and get out and explore as that’s really the true wonder that Raasay offers, that you can go off the trail and path and find yourself in a place that can actually make you wonder if you could be the first person to be in this place for a very long time. It’s an Island that is perfect for feeding that sense of adventure and exploring in you. It’s an Island filled with beautiful views and friendly people. It’s an Island truly unlike any other.

 

Sachin Tendulkar visits Raasay House

Sachin Tendulka at raasay hotel
Sachin Tendulkar visits Raasay House

Special Guest

In the last few weeks we are honoured to have played host to the great cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Mr Tendulkar, from Mumbai, became the youngest ever Indian player to play county cricket at the age of 19, and is widely regarded as one of the best batsmen of all time. Now retired, Mr Tendulkar and his family enjoyed a relaxed stay at Raasay House, enjoying fabulous views of the Cuillin range from our balcony lounge.

Big Hit

Happy to pose for photographs on our balcony and chat to our hardworking staff, the famous batsman was a big hit with our team. The cricket legend was happily tweeting about his Scotland trip on his twitter account, where he has over 11 million followers!