Isle of Raasay Distillery

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Isle of Raasay Distillery
FounderBill Dobbie & Alasdair Day
Isle of Raasay
United Kingdom
ProductsDistilled and blended liquors

Isle of Raasay Distillery is a Scotch whisky distillery on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Raasay in Northwest Scotland.[1][2][3][4] The distillery is owned by R&B Distillers and was the first legal distillery on the Isle of Raasay when it opened in 2014.[5][6][7]


R&B Distillers was founded in 2014 by Alasdair Day and Bill Dobbie.[8] The company started its operations at the Isle of Raasay in September 2017 after receiving its distiller's license.[9][10][11] The water used during the distilling process in the production of whisky comes from a Celtic Iron Age well.[12] The water has a high mineral content derived from the island’s volcanic and sandstone rock.[13]

The whisky is distilled in copper pot stills and is matured at the distillery on Raasay in a variety of oak casks. The distillery will produce approximately 200,000 litres of pure alcohol per year.[14][15] The distillery's flagship brand is Isle of Raasay Single Malt Scotch Whisky and will be ready to drink in distribution from November 2020. [16][17][18]

Location and visitor centre[edit]

The distillery is based on the site of a former disused hotel called Borodale House on the south west of the island.[19] The Isle of Raasay Distillery also has a visitors’ centre that opened in January 2018.[20][21][22][23] It was awarded 5 stars by VisitScotland as a tourist attraction in June 2018.[24][25] The distillery also features a six bedroom hotel with views over the Isle of Skye.[26]


  • IWSC 2016 Silver, ISC 2016 Bronze,[27] HKIWSC 2016 Bronze[28]
  • ISC 2017 Bronze
  • IWSC Silver 2018
  • IWSC Silver 2016 for Raasay While We Wait Second Release[29]
  • World Whiskies Awards 2018 Best Scotch Grain[30]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Bat Watch Night at Raasay Distillery – Scotch Whisky News". 23 July 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  3. ^ "New Isle of Raasay Distillery Opens". Quality Food Awards. 2017-09-30. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  4. ^ "Remote British Isle Of Raasay Launches First Distillery, Welcomes Tourists To Taste Its Whiskey". TheTravel. 2018-06-09. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  5. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery, Isle of Raasay – Whisky Distilleries". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  6. ^ "First distillery opened on Raasay". BBC News. 2017-09-18. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  7. ^ Merritt, Mike (2017-09-16). "Island of Raasay celebrates opening of first whisky distillery". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  8. ^ "Interview with Alasdair Day of Raasay Distillery". Malt. 2017-09-18. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  9. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery now has an official opening date - Scotsman Food and Drink". Scotsman Food and Drink. 2017-08-07. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  10. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery ⋆ Skye Food & Drink Festival". Skye Food & Drink Festival. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  11. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery to open its doors in September - Imbibe". Imbibe. 2017-08-03. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  12. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery undertakes a second year of barley variety trials on Raasay". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  13. ^ "An inside look at the Scottish island of Raasay's first legal distillery". Foodism. 2018-08-15. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  14. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery - Premier Construction News". Premier Construction News. 2017-11-01. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  15. ^ "Raasay's first distillery to open next month | Press and Journal". Press and Journal. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  16. ^ "Raasay distillery to release own whisky in 2020". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  17. ^ "Andy Gemmell's Drinks Cabinet: The Raasay Distillery, Borodale House, Isle of Raasay". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  18. ^ "Scotland's Hidden Whisky Distillery: Isle of Raasay Distillery - Drink Me". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  19. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery | Isle of Skye | Activities | CalMac Ferries Ltd". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  20. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery Tours & Whisky Tastings". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  21. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery centre and accommodation now open - Exclusively British Magazine". Exclusively British Magazine. 2018-04-17. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  22. ^ Turner, Sarah. "Sleeping In A Distillery, Scotland's Newest Pleasure". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  23. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery opens its visitor centre! - Drampedia". Drampedia. 2018-01-15. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  24. ^ Dorsey, Kristy (2018-06-14). "Island distillery gets five-star rating". businessInsider. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  25. ^ Roz. "Raasay Distillery Visitors Centre awarded 5-Stars by VisitScotland". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  26. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery in Isle of Raasay | Hotel Rates & Reviews on Orbitz". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  27. ^ "R&B Distillers win two bronze medals in HKIWSC – FAB News". Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  28. ^ "World Whisky Day 2018 – Raasay cocktails at Bull in a China shop – Scotch Whisky News". 12 May 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  29. ^ "R&B Distillers Announce that their Raasay While We Wait whisky has won Silver award in the IWSC 2016 – Scotch Whisky News". 2 August 2016.
  30. ^ "World Whiskies Awards 2018 - Winners". Retrieved 2018-10-11.

Coordinates: 57°21′07″N 6°04′26″W / 57.35183°N 6.07382°W / 57.35183; -6.07382