The Isle of Raasay


The weather was forecast to be very nice today, and the forecast was absolutely spot on. Woke around 0630 where it was a reported -5C. The van was fine and warm, but the pipe from the water tank which connects to the van was frozen hence no tap water. The taps at the site service point were also frozen stuck!

After walking the dogs, breakfast, and getting sorted out in general, we headed off for the 50min drive to Sconser on Skye to catch the 1025 Ferry to Raasay.

The conditions were perfect for the short 20min crossing.

Nice little terminal with a waiting room, toilets, and a carpark. Tickets for this crossing are purchased onboard.

It was a nice, quiet ship.

The weather for the crossing was stunning with fantastic views back to Skye.

After disembarking, we headed the short drive past the main Island village of Inverarish to a car park which serves a great waymarked route around the Islands mining history, mining for Iron Ore.

Great paths, not too hilly.

This old mining building is where I parked up for a few days in my campervan back in 2017.

The stunning view over to Skye.

The remains of the railway viaduct which carried the line from up the hills down to the old pier.

The Raasay Ferry, the hybrid diesel electric 'Hallaig' approaching Raasay.

A fantastic route following the 'Burma Road'. A circular route leading back to the car.

After the walk, we headed back to the Old Pier to enjoy my packed lunch.

A parking spot near the old Quarry.

Following lunch, we headed North on the road signposted 'The North Pole' to a parking spot just south of Brochel. From here, a nice walk to the cleared villages of Screapadal.

The runrig system of cultivation still clearly visible from above.

A stunning part of the east coast of Raasay.

The remains of the buildings.

And from above. This was quite a healthy population.

On the walk in, I spotted a Golden Eagle, but on the return a pair of White Tailed Eagles. I spotted a further four White Tailed Eagles above the Ferry on the return trip!

The Cuillin as taken from the high road on Raasay.

On the ferry back to Sconser on Skye.

This was a brilliant day in perfect weather. I am so glad I chose to return to Raasay, and I will certainly return again.


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