EXPLORING RAASAY by Nick Fairweather
With contributions from residents of Raasay and visitors to the island
The twenty walking routes in this illustrated guide to Raasay explore the spectacular scenery of this special island. Following tracks through forests, along rocky coastlines and up on to the summits of Dun Caan and nearby hills, walkers can enjoy some of the best views available in Scotland’s western seaboard. Just a twenty-five minute ferry boat trip from the Isle of Skye, Raasay offers a more intimate and varied landscape than its famous neighbour but with the panoramic backdrop of the Cuillin, Trotternish and mainland hills.
Like rings on a tree, old paths can record the evolution of an area and many of the walks in this book reflect the changing history of the island, from the stone and bronze ages through the Clearances to iron ore mining in the last century. The walk descriptions are linked to people who live on Raasay or have visited the island, and include one linked to the famous Calum’s Road.
'Raasay ….. I call it the earthly paradise because it’s like heaven to me.'
-ROBIN HOWIE, The Scotsman (quoting a memorial plaque on Temptation Hill, Isle of Raasay)
'Raasay is a perfect rambling island. From strenuous to gentle the island provides a variety of walks, always with the hills of Skye dominating the western horizon.'
-MAIRI HEDDERWICK, An Eye on the Hebrides