Raasay’s fun-filled week­end

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

Whisky, Fire and Song was a fun-filled week­end of live mu­sic, com­mu­nity events and whisky drink­ing on the Isle of Raasay re­cently.

Now in its fourth year, the fes­ti­val kicked off on Fri­day with a night of mu­sic and song at Raasay Dis­tillery. The evening fea­tured tal­ented mu­si­cians Calum Alex MacMil­lan, from Lewis, and Ross Martin, from Ari­saig.

The week­end’s fes­tiv­i­ties also in­cluded com­mu­nity events – a themed cake com­pe­ti­tion and face-paint­ing at Raasay House.

The fri­vol­ity con­tin­ued at Raasay Dis­tillery from 6pm and fol­lowed by a tra­di­tional pass­ing round of the quaich. The high­light of the week­end was a torch­light pro­ces­sion which marched along the lanes with Raasay fire ser­vice as guard of hon­our.

Bad weather meant that the pro­ces­sion was not able to fin­ish at the Boathouse for the bon­fire as planned. Wind and rain did not dampen spir­its, how­ever, as the torch-lit pro­ces­sion in­stead marched to Raasay House to fin­ish the night with mulled wine and good craic in the West Wing and bar.

Calum Alex MacMil­lan and Ross Martin.

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