Sea views, island heritage and coastal trails in North Raasay


Leave the world behind at Brochel

Brochel wood is in the north of Raasay close to the start of Calum's Road. The ruins of Brochel Castle, a MacLeod stronghold built over 500 years ago, are also nearby.

Poverty and the cruel decisions of landlords forced many people in the north of Raasay to seek new lives elsewhere. You can take a trail to the abandoned settlements of Screapadal, movingly remembered in Sorley MacLean's Gaelic poetry. Our Isle of Raasay leaflet will tell you more about this fascinating island.

Parking Walking Ancient monument

Facilities on Raasay

There's no bus on the island, so to explore the north end of Raasay you'll need a bike or a car. There's no petrol station either, so make sure you have enough fuel.

You'll enjoy the island more 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.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

We're changing the trees in Brochel wood from fast growing conifers to native species such as birch, rowan and Scots pine. It takes a few years for regeneration to get going, so there may be areas of the forest which look rough and messy for a few years. Take a closer look and you'll see the beginnings of new native woodland pushing through the old.

There are many interesting and enjoyable paths in the north end of Raasay which you can explore for yourself. Use an OS map and download our Isle of Raasay leaflet for more information.

Contact: Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District

Address: Tower Road, Smithton, Inverness

Postcode: IV2 7NL

Telephone: 0300 067 6100


How to get here

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 Brochel wood, take the road from the ferry terminal and follow the signs to Inverarish village. At Henderson's Bridge take the left hand fork to Arnish. The forest entrance and car park is 7½ miles (12 km) along this road at grid reference NG 579 461.

You can also park at Brochel Castle, ½ mile (800 metres) further on.

Using SatNav?

IV40 8PF is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There is no public transport on Raasay. To get to the north you will need a car or bike.

Nearby places

Inverarish forest, in the south of Raasay, has a great mixture of short and long routes, as well as access to the Dun Cana hill path.

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