THE FIRST distillery on the isle of Raasay will open for business next month.
Whisky makers R and B Distillers will officially open the Isle of Raasay Distillery in September.
Bringing the whisky craft to this unchartered whisky region, R and B Distillers, co-founded by Alasdair Day and Bill Dobbie, will create the first Raasay Scotch, which will be ready to drink from 2020.
Alasdair said: ‘It is the location, an island off an island with complex geology, water and island climate with probably the best views from any distillery in Scotland, that makes Raasay ideal for our innovative Scotch whisky distillery.’
The island’s 120 residents have watched eagerly as the disused Gothic villa hotel, Borodale House, has been transformed into the new distillery, adjacent visitors’ centre and Na Tùsairean Club members’ accommodation which will open later.
In February 2016, R and B Distillers received permission from the Highland Council to bring the first distillery to Raasay and they subsequently secured grants from the Food Processing Marketing and Co- Operation Grants Scheme and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
R and B stands for Raasay and Borders, encompassing two sides of a family and a landscape. Alasdair Day's great grandfather, Allan MacDonald, hailed from the Hebrides while his other great grandfather, Richard Day, was a masterblender in the Borders.