Raasay Distillery offers visitor tours now

The new whisky distillery welcomes visitors from January 15 onward

Since September last year Raasay Distillery has been producing and now it’s time for the next step: The doors will be open to visitors, starting next week on January 15th. Those who will be visiting the Northwest of Scotland in future and plan to include the Isle of Skye in their program should think about a short side trip to visit one of Scotlands newest distilleries.

Ferry and short walk to Raasay Distillery

The trip from Sconser on Skye to the Isle of Raasay by a small CalMac ferry takes about 20 minutes. Then it’s just a short walk from the ferry terminal to the distillery which already was in sight approaching the Island. The tours are offered several times daily and can (and in high season probably should) be booked in advance on the homepage of the distillery. The one hour Basic Tour costs £10 per Person and includes the tour through the distillery as well as a dram of whisky. This single malt wasn’t of course produced at the distillery itself but in another Scottish one but it shows the direction the Rassasy Distillery plans to give its whisky.

A lightly peated whisky

The annual production is planned to be 94.000 litres of alcohol. One 5.000 liters wash still and a 3.600 liters pot still care for the wash that is produced in a 90 hours lasting fermentation. The future Raasay Whisky will only mature here on the island. The core style of the whisky will be a lightly smoky one, caused by a phenolic content of 15 ppm in the malt. But there will also be some less and some more peaty variations of the Raasay Single Malt Whisky according to information on the distillery homepage.

Alasdair Day and Bill Dobbie built Raasay Distillery as the first project of their company R&B Distillers. „R“ is for „Raasay“, „B“ is for „Borders“ – so we should probably hear some more news about a new distillery being built by R&B Distillers in future…

Pictures: Alasdair Day / R&B Distillers