Step closer to Raasay's people, history and nature in this intriguing small forest


Inspire your senses at Inverarish

This little forest punches well above its weight. Inverarish is only a mile (1.6 km) wide yet is packed with inviting trails, fascinating history and unbelievable views. You can visit the ruins of an Iron Age broch, follow in the footsteps of German prisoners of war, and see the impressive remains of Raasay's iron ore industry.

Forest, moor and coastal wildlife is everywhere – look out for mountain hares and soaring sea eagles. Explore Raasay's many interesting features and scenic trails for yourself. Our Isle of Raasay leaflet will tell you more about this fascinating island.

Picnic area Walking Viewpoint Ancient monument

Plan your visit

You'll enjoy Raasay best 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.

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

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

This is a forest that you can travel to by boat and foot from Skye. The ferry terminal is close to Inverarish forest and under a mile (1.4 km) from Inverarish village, the main settlement on the island.

There are small public roads and other unmarked trails all over the south end of Raasay which you can explore for yourself. Use an OS map and download our Isle of Raasay leaflet for more information.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

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 the main car park at No 1 Mine, leave the ferry terminal and turn right at the junction towards Inverarish village. Follow the road past the village for 1½ miles (2.4 km) until you see the car park sign at grid reference NG 564 365.

If you want a quick, short walk with a good view, you could start at the small cemetery car park run by the council. Follow the road from the ferry terminal and turn right at the junction. Almost immediately turn left up the hill beside the hotel and follow the road to the cemetery. Grid reference NG 550 369.

Using SatNav?

IV40 8NT is the nearest postcode for the main car park at No 1 Mine and IV40 8PB is the nearest for the cemetery car park.

Public transport

There is no public transport on Raasay.

Nearby places

If you've time and a way of getting there, Brochel forest in the north of the island is a fascinating place to explore. Brochel Castle, Calum's Road and the clearance village of Screapadal are all close to Brochel.

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