Isle of Raasay Distillery

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Isle of Raasay Distillery
FounderBill Dobbie & Alasdair Day
HeadquartersBorodale House, Isle of Raasay, Kyle, Scotland, United Kingdom IV40 8PB,
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] The distillery is owned by R&B Distillers and was the first legal distillery on the Isle of Raasay when it opened in 2014.[2]


R&B Distillers was founded in 2014 by Alasdair Day and Bill Dobbie.[3] The company started its operations at the Isle of Raasay in September 2017 after receiving its distiller's license.[4] The water used during the distilling process in the production of whisky comes from a Celtic Iron Age well.[5] The water has a high mineral content derived from the island's volcanic and sandstone rock.[6]

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.[7] The distillery's flagship brand is Isle of Raasay Single Malt Scotch Whisky released since 2020.

Location and visitor centre[edit]

The distillery is based on the site of a former disused hotel called Borodale House on the southwest of the island.[8] The Isle of Raasay Distillery also has a visitors’ centre that opened in January 2018.[9] It was awarded 5 stars by VisitScotland as a tourist attraction in June 2018.[10][11] The distillery also features a six–bedroom hotel with views over the Isle of Skye.[12]


  • IWSC 2016 Silver, ISC 2016 Bronze,[13] HKIWSC 2016 Bronze[14]
  • ISC 2017 Bronze
  • IWSC Silver 2018
  • IWSC Silver 2016 for Raasay While We Wait Second Release[15]
  • World Whiskies Awards 2018 Best Scotch Grain[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cumming, Ed (3 June 2018). "Whisky galore: in fine spirits on Raasay, Inner Hebrides". the Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  2. ^ "First distillery opened on Raasay". BBC News. 18 September 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Interview with Alasdair Day of Raasay Distillery". Malt. 18 September 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery now has an official opening date - Scotsman Food and Drink". Scotsman Food and Drink. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery undertakes a second year of barley variety trials on Raasay". Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  6. ^ "An inside look at the Scottish island of Raasay's first legal distillery". Foodism. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery - Premier Construction News". Premier Construction News. 1 November 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery | Isle of Skye | Activities | CalMac Ferries Ltd". Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery Tours & Whisky Tastings". Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  10. ^ Dorsey, Kristy (14 June 2018). "Island distillery gets five-star rating". businessInsider. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  11. ^ Roz. "Raasay Distillery Visitors Centre awarded 5-Stars by VisitScotland". Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Isle of Raasay Distillery in Isle of Raasay | Hotel Rates & Reviews on Orbitz". Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  13. ^ "R&B Distillers win two bronze medals in HKIWSC – FAB News". Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  14. ^ "World Whisky Day 2018 – Raasay cocktails at Bull in a China shop – Scotch Whisky News". 12 May 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ "World Whiskies Awards 2018 - Winners". Retrieved 11 October 2018.

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