Isle of Raasay Whisky distillery scoops Tourism Destination of the Year award

Picture of Isle of Raasay

Distillery brings tourism to the 14 mile-long Isle of Raasay

RAASAY Distillery – that only began distilling whisky in 2017 – was recognised in The Scottish Whisky Awards for its “dedication to providing a welcoming and enlightening tourist experience to whisky connoisseurs and newcomers alike.”

In the past the island had been rooted in centuries of illicit distilling. This is the first legal distillery to open and the visitor centre only opened its doors in January 2018.

Picture of whisky distiller Iain Robertson with Raasay casks
Whisky distiller Iain Robertson

It was painstakingly constructed at the site of a former Victorian hotel, Borodale House, on the tiny island of Raasay – just 14 miles long and three miles across. It has a population of 120 people and is reached by a ferry from Skye. Read more from eatnorth here.

The first Raasay single malt Scotch, under the guidance of distiller Iain Robertson, will be ready to drink from 2020.

Local islanders operate the tours seven days a week throughout the year, providing insight into the island’s geography and community.

Raasay distillery co-founder Alasdair Day said: “The distillery team strives every day to challenge the limitations of producing premium distilled spirits in the Hebrides, and welcomes visitors to experience this with them and gain a true sense of Raasay’s past, present and thriving future as a whisky producing island.

“We are confident this award will encourage more people to visit us at our Isle of Raasay Distillery.”

The distillery launched its first handcrafted gin earlier this year.

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