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Iain Hector Ross Raasay Distillery Visitor Experience Manager

Meet Iain Hector Ross: Raasay Visitor Experience Manager

Iain Hector Ross is Raasay Distillery’s Visitor Experience Manager. 

We recently announced the appointment of Raasay’s first legal distiller; Iain Robertson, and now it’s time to meet a new member of the team on the non-production side of Raasay Distillery, Iain Hector Ross.

The name ‘Iain’ is of Scottish Gaelic origin and especially popular in Scotland, so should we be surprised that we’re welcoming two Iain’s to Raasay? Though we might have to make use of nicknames and affectionately refer to our Distiller as ‘Robbo’.

Welcome Iain Hector

Iain Hector is a Gaelic-speaking Glasgow highlander who grew up in the leafy West End enclave of Kelvingrove. With parents from Skye and Lewis, he is a veteran of epic summer journeys ‘home’ to the islands, and it’s these which fed his lifelong love of the highland landscape and history.

He was first steered to Raasay however twenty-five years ago by his wife Marion and has been visiting every year since.

Iain is already an accomplished writer, documentary producer, playwright, and singer songwriter. While we’ve been ‘waiting’, he’s been writing. His finished book ‘The Whisky Dictionary’, launches in October.

As Visitor Experience Manager he’s tasked with developing the content of the Raasay Distillery tour to tell the story of Raasay, the Isle of Raasay Distillery and its first legal whisky. Iain Hector is also recruiting a team of talented visitors centre guides to ensure a visit to the Isle of Raasay Distillery is a memorable one whether you’re a whisky novice or a veteran expert.

Iain Hector has a personal passion for whisky history, assisting ourselves at events in the Highlands and hosted our 2016 St Andrew’s Day Gaelic video:

Chatting about his new role Iain Hector had this to say:

As a visitor experience we intend the Isle of Raasay Distillery to be more than just another distillery tour and whisky tasting. We have completely embraced the history of Raasay and Borodale House throughout the project, bringing innovative thinking and contemporary design to this iconic site on the island. The distillery boasts a timeless panoramic view of Skye from the Orientation Room and the team will guide visitors through Raasay’s unique story leading to the creation of the island’s first legal distillery. Thereafter they will enjoy an intimate look inside the art and craft of creating premium island single malt whisky in our stunning new still-house, and of course, a dram.

I especially look forward to ensuring a traditional island welcome for our Na Tùsairean members staying with us in the beautifully restored members’ rooms at Borodale house. All our visitors will enjoy Raasay’s unique island atmosphere. We have members in different countries from different cultures around the world but to all I’ll be saying; Fàilte! That’s Gaelic for Welcome, to Raasay!

Na Tùsairean Club at Raasay Distillery

Access to Raasay Distillery ensuite rooms and private members’ lounge within the renovated Borodale House is only possible when you become a member of our pioneers club – Na Tùsairean. Take in the incredible views across the water to Skye from a cosy chair in the members’ lounge, dram in hand, and wake up on your annual visit to sights of Glamaig or the distillery production yard itself.

As a member you’ll be able to book a room at Borodale House once a year across your 10-year membership.

And, on the hill behind in our bonded warehouse we’ll set aside the first 100 casks ever distilled at The Isle of Raasay Distillery just for you and the other 999 members of this exclusive club. We’ll then bottle these every year from 3 years minimum maturation right through to the 10  year old.

Discover all the benefits of Na Tùsairean Club here.

Raasay Distillery view to Skye. Iain Hector Ross recently appointed Visitor Experience Manager

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