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All Aboard the CalMac to Raasay

Congratulations to publicly-owned Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac), which has won the contract to continue servicing both the Clyde and Hebridean Islands. Both CalMac and privately-owned firm Serco raised tenders with Transport Scotland for the new contract, which runs for the next 8 years.

Calmac provides ferries between a variety of ports in the Western isles including from Sconser on the Isle of Skye to Raasay, so we thought we’d take a look at just how easy it is to get from Skye to Raasay.

A quick 25 minute journey across the Sound of Raasay (that never feels even that long) transports both foot and vehicle passengers to the Island. You’ll arrive looking up at Raasay House Hotel and just a 10 minute walk to our Isle of Raasay Distillery site at Borodale House.

The ferry to Raasay runs all year round, leaving Sconser every hour during the Summer – 25th March through to the 23rd October.

A return journey costs just £3.70 for adults in the peak season, and just add on £12.20 if you want to take your car.

Click here to see CalMac’s full Summer timetable and price list for the Raasay ferry.

Not only will you take in the best views of both Raasay and Skye as you cruise across the water with Dùn Caan out ahead and Glamaig rising behind you, but you’ll also likely meet some Raasay locals crewing the voyage!

Whenever our R&B team head up to the Hebrides, we always see a friendly face as we board the CalMac MV Hallaig to Raasay.

mv hallaig from calmac website

The MV Hallaig CalMac ferry from Sconser to Raasay (image courtesy of CalMac website)


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