Raasay is one of the most easily accessible islands in Scotland, with a regular ferry service that runs throughout the year and seven days a week. Travelling to Raasay requires catching the ferry from Sconser on Skye, which is located along the main route to Portree and the North of Skye.
The Calmac ferry runs daily between Raasay and Sconser, with sailings taking approximately 25 minutes. The first sailing leaves at 7.55am from Raasay and the last at 6.45pm from Sconser with crossings almost each hour. There’s a late ferry on Saturdays at 9pm from Sconser and three crossings on Sundays. Sconser is about 20 minutes’ drive from Portree, the biggest town on Skye, and all the main services can be found there, including the Doctors’ Surgery, Hospital, Library, Swimming Pool, Filling Stations, Garages, Supermarkets, Shops and more.
Ferry information and current summer timetable can be found here on the Calmac website. You can also call for information on sailing through 0800 0665000.
Raasay’s ferry, the MV Hallaig, is a large 23-car ferry with plenty of space for vehicles. You cannot book the ferry in advance and it’s advisable to be there at least 15 minutes before the ferry sails. All tickets can be purchased on board the vessel.
Travelling to Sconser Ferry Terminal
From Edinburgh: we like to follow the A90 across the Forth Road Bridge and join the M90. Then follow the A9, turning at Dalwhinnie onto the A889/A86. Continue through Spean Bridge and Invergarry to Kyle of Lochalsh and over the Skye Bridge.
From Glasgow: drive west on Great Western Road to join the scenic A82 route north to Fort William. Here you can choose the A830 Road to the Isles for the Mallaig-Armadale ferry crossing or continue along the more direct route to Invergarry to join the A87 route to Kyle of Lochalsh and continue over the Skye Bridge.
From Inverness: travelling west, take A82 along Loch Ness-side to Invermoriston then right onto A887 to join A87 at Loch Cluanie. Continue on A87 directly to Sconser Ferry Terminal via Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye Bridge. Alternatively, travel north on the A9 to join A835 at Tore roundabout. Continue to join A832 to Achnasheen, A890 then A87 to Sconser Ferry Terminal via Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye Bridge.
Be careful using SatNav – or you may find yourself in Mallaig!
By Public Transport
By Coach: Citylink Coaches go directly to the Sconser Ferry Terminal. This is the easiest way to get to Sconser from Inverness, Glasgow or Edinburgh on public transport.
By Train: The closest train station is Kyle of Lochalsh. From here you can either get a Citylink Coach or a local Stagecoach bus. Websites such as the Trainline will let you easily book a journey to Kyle, where it is then only a short 30 minute bus or taxi ride to Sconser.