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Called "uamh na rumh" or "cave of the oars", its original purpose is unknown. From the ferry pier it only takes half an hour to walk to the main village - Inverarish - where there is a post office and shop.
There is only one road on the island and no filling station, so if you take your car over, make sure you have a full tank of petrol.
From Skye you will see Dun Caan - the distinctive flat-topped 1456 foot high mountain (an extinct volcano) that makes Raasay look like a shark whose fin has been cut at the top. It was long owned by the Macleods of Lewis until 1843 when the last chief became bankrupt and went to Tasmania.
As well as being home to golden eagles, buzzards, kestrels and red deer, the island is also the place to see rhododendrons and orchids. Within the next century, Raasay passed through many hands including those of a West Indian sugar planter, an unscrupulous speculator, a London romantic, a sporting industrialist and a firm of ironmasters.
In 1979 it was finally acquired by the Highlands and Islands Development Board.
You can return the same way or rejoin the road back to the old pier.
Inverarish dates back to World War I when it was was built as a prisoner of war camp for German and Italian soldiers who were made to work at the iron ore mine contrary to the Geneva Convention.One German prisoner was killed in an accident and is buried on Raasay.
On reaching grey Talisker Bay you will see a waterfall falling into the sea.It follows the route of an old incline railway line through the forest and heads towards Suisnish jetty where the furnaces and hopper were located.The remains of the viaduct which carried the line over a tributary of the Inverarish Burn are testify to the skills of the engineers that built it.PORTNALONG Make a stop at Jean Thomas's Loch Harport Gallery which has a variety of her prints and watercolours depicting local scenes including the Cuillin. Cheap accommodation is available at the Portnalong Croft Bunkhouse & Bothies.GLENBRITTLE From the B8009 you can also take an unmarked road south to Glenbrittle, well known for its scenic splendour.A souterrain dating back some 2000 years is located at Clachan near the old pier.