Monday, 27 June 2022
Rachel Orchard is one of our Trees and Timber Apprentices working from our base in Durris, Aberdeenshire. As a newcomer to the forestry sector she has hit the ground running by win...
This little forest punches well above its weight. Inverarish is only a mile wide yet is packed with inviting trails, fascinating history and unbelievable views. You can visit the ruins of an Iron Age broch, follow in the footsteps of German prisoners of war, and see the impressive remains of Raasay's iron ore industry.
Why not escape the busy roads of Skye and head here for the day by boat? The forest surrounds the area to the north and east of Inverarish village, near where the ferry arrives, so it's easy to access on foot.
However, do come prepared... While the ruggedness and remoteness of this wonderful little island is a primary reason to visit, it does mean facilities are limited. Bring clothes for all weathers and a packed lunch just in case. And don't forget to top up your car if you plan to explore the island afterwards - the nearest petrol stations are back in Broadford or Portree on Skye!
Learn about the travels of pioneering Ratharsairich (Raasay people) on this short wander up Inverarish Burn.
Mostly firm but uneven gravel surface. Short grassy section and potentially muddy area. Two short steep slopes. Includes short flights of steps and a narrow opening.
Allow ¼ hour
Hundreds of Raasay people left their island home in the 18th and 19th centuries and travelled all over the world. The trail includes plantings from some of the countries that they settled in.
You can start from near Henderson's Bridge, where there is a large information sign, or from the car park in Inverarish village.
Climb up onto Temptation Hill for fine views across the Sound of Raasay towards Skye, and discover Dun Borodale and Loch na Muilneadh on the way.
Mostly firm gravel and tarmac surface. Uneven earthy and grassy section, with narrow and muddy parts. One long steep slope. Includes some steps and a long section along the road.
Allow 1½ hours
You can return on the public road past a Pictish Stone, St Moluag's Chapel and Raasay House, but the path off Temptation Hill is steep and slippery: the easiest route back is the way you came.
Start from near Henderson's Bridge, where there is a large information sign. For a shorter walk to see the view from Temptation Hill, start from the cemetery car park.
Discover Raasay’s iron mining history and follow the line of its dismantled railway across the hillside above Inverarish.
Sections of rough grass and earth paths with narrow parts. One long steep slope and long sets of rough rocky steps. Two gates, several muddy sections and a road section.
Allow 1½ hours
During the First World War nearly 300 German prisoners of war worked in Raasay's iron ore mines. Two mines were built but only the top mine (No 1 Mine) was actively worked. You can follow the dismantled railway line from this mine to the processing works at East Suisnish.
The easiest access for the hill trail to Dun Cana starts at the main car park (No 1 Mine). You can start from the main car park at Mine No 1 or from a smaller car park at Mine No 2, near Henderson's Bridge.
Follow Raasay’s rugged coastal shore round the headland and look for seals and otters in North Bay, before returning through Orchard Wood.
Rough, narrow grass and earth paths. Some rocky and muddy sections. One long steep slope and some rock steps. Includes some gates and sections along the road.
Allow 2 hours
The trail takes you through the former policy woods of Raasay House, past Loch na Muilneadh (the Home Loch) where herons fish, and north through Oskaig Wood. Short detours to the cemetery, the Pictish Stone and to St Moluag's Chapel are worthwhile and interesting. You can start and finish at the ferry terminal, or from the cemetery car park.
You'll enjoy Raasay best if you have boots, clothes for all weathers and an OS map. If you're visiting for the day bring food too as you may not be near somewhere to eat when you need it. There are public toilets at the ferry terminal as you arrive.
There's no bus on the island, so to explore the north end you'll need a bike or a car. There's no petrol station either, so make sure you have enough fuel.
There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.
The ferry for Raasay leaves from Sconser on the east coast of Skye and arrives on Raasay about a mile (1.6 km) from the village of Inverarish.
To reach the main car park at No 1 Mine, leave the ferry terminal and turn right at the junction towards Inverarish village. Follow the road past the village for 1½ miles (2.4 km) until you see the car park sign.
If you want a quick, short walk with a good view, you could start at the small cemetery car park run by the council. Follow the road from the ferry terminal and turn right at the junction. Almost immediately turn left up the hill beside the hotel and follow the road to the cemetery.
IV40 8NT is the nearest postcode for the main car park at No 1 Mine and IV40 8PB is the nearest for the cemetery car park.
There is no public transport on Raasay.
Stunning sea views, coastal trails and island heritage
A quiet forest for birdwatching and stargazing