Well off the beaten track this intimate island offers many good walks including one to the iron ore mine, near Suisnish, worked by German prisoners of war between 1916 and 1918. Another trail leads to the flat topped summit of Dun Caan.
Rich in wildlife, Raasay boasts its own vole – a sub-species of bank vole, larger and darker than those on the mainland. The limestone cliffs of the east coast support a rare and unusual flora.
Raasay is the birth place of the famous poet Sorley Maclean. In his well known poem Hallaig he wrote movingly of the clearances of the mid 19th century when several hundred people left the island for Australia.
There is a range of accommodation on the island and a store at the attractive village of Inverarish.
Car ferry from Sconser on Skye