Whisky galore: in fine spirits on Raasay, Inner Hebrides

Raasay, off the east coast of Skye, is launching its first real distillery and it’s a state-of-the-art affair. But it’s the beautiful island itself that retains the starring role

Reaching Raasay is about as elaborate a journey as you can undertake in Britain before you start to wonder why you have not simply gone to Mexico instead. It lies in the Inner Hebrides, just off the east coast of Skye, six miles or so from the mainland across the Applecross sound. I had woken up in Finsbury Park, north London. After a taxi, a flight, a beguiling train ride from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh and another taxi to Sconser, on Skye, I finally met the ferry to Raasay, 11 or so hours after my alarm went off.

The most famous account of Raasay was by Samuel Johnson, who stopped by on his Western Isles tour with Boswell in 1773

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