Top award for Raasay Distillery visitor destination
Little more than a year after opening the Isle of Raasay Distillery Visitors Centre has been awarded the country’s highest tourism award.
The ‘Five Star Visitor Attraction’ accreditation puts the new distillery among some of the best and most unforgettable locations in the country.
Raasay Distillery is pioneering a new provenance for Scotch Whisky and, since opening the visitors centre in January 2018, it has become a popular tourist destination for whisky pilgrims.
Visitors to the Raasay Distillery can now experience first-hand the exciting journey from converting a disused Victorian building to handcrafting the first Isle of Raasay single malt.
Raasay Distillery is independently owned by co-founders Alasdair Day and Bill Dobbie. The pair worked with local architect Olli Blair (ABIR Architects) and Allen Associates to incorporate Borodale House, a disused Victorian villa, within the design for a modern distillery, visitors centre and accommodation.
Distillery tours cater for all levels of whisky knowledge, from the curious to the connoisseur, and offer an insight into the innovative whisky making process. Raasay Distillery’s tour guides are local islanders who share their unrivalled knowledge of Raasay’s geography and community.
The distillery offers eight tours per day, seven days a week, throughout the year. Raasay Distillery predicts that this modern Visitors Centre will bring a significant number of new visitors to the island.
Chris Taylor, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, adds: “Delivering a quality experience that not only meets but exceeds visitor expectations is crucial in making Scotland a must-visit, must-return destination.
“I am delighted that Raasay’s first legal distillery and visitor centre has proved such a success and has been so well-supported by the island community. Just a few minutes’ walk from the ferry terminal, it is in an ideal location to attract visitors through its doors.”
Raasay Distillery is also the only distillery in Scotland to provide luxury accommodation within the same building. Three of the bedrooms offer views of the Cuillin mountains on Skye, while the other rooms overlook the production yard and are designed for the ultimate whisky lover.
Raasay Distillery is also planning a calendar of events throughout the year, including Raasay Tunes which celebrates local musicians, and is an integral part of the annual ‘Whisky, Fire and Song’ community festival. The distillery is an ideal destination for whisky tourists and those looking for an unusual off-the-beaten track holiday.