If you are wondering just how to get to Raasay, then fear no more; the journey to the island is probably much simpler than you are anticipating. This is especially the case if you happen to be on the Isle of Skye already.
The Isle of Raasay is located within the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland. You’ll find Raasay on the map, tucked away between Skye, Rona, and the mainland of Scotland. The island is approximately 14 miles long and only 5 miles wide.
How to Get to the Isle of Raasay
Firstly, if you are traveling from the mainland, then you will need to make your way to Skye. The Calmac terminal for the ferry to Raasay can be found in Sconser.
At the ferry terminal, there are public bathrooms and a sheltered waiting room to keep an eye out for your ferry.
Getting to Raasay By Car
Because you cannot book the ferry in advance, it is advised that you arrive at the ferry terminal 10 minutes before it’s due to depart. As you enter the terminal, you’ll notice two car lanes and one lorry lane that together, form a queue. There is an auto-mated information board ahead that will inform you of the next sailing time.
Getting to Raasay By Foot or Bike
The ferry terminal has around 25 free parking spaces. These are available for overnight parking if you’d like to leave your car whilst you board the ferry on foot.
How often does the ferry sail to Raasay?
Calmac offers a very regular service between Raasay and Sconser. This ferry sails every day, including Sundays (albeit with limited sailings). From Monday to Saturdays, the first sailing leaves at 07:55am from Raasay, with the last ferry departing Sconser at 18:45pm.
Like most ferries in Scotland, Calmac operates between summer and winter timetables. Make sure to check the most recent times on Calmac’s website.
How much is the ferry to Raasay?
You can’t book this particular ferry journey in advance. Because the ferry is so regular, it’s first-come-first-serve from the terminal. Tickets can be purchased on the ferry itself. As of October 2021, the ticket prices are as follows:
How long is the ferry?
The entire journey, one-way, takes 25 minutes.
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From the little I had previously heard of Raasay, it was a very pleasant surprise to learn how quick and convenient the ferry crossing was during my own personal travels in the van. If you are in the area, there really is no excuse… Jump on the ferry to Raasay, even if it’s just out of curiosity!
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