Borodale House – Isle of Raasay Hotel
Borodale House is a lovely, secluded, 3-star Isle of Skye accommodation set on the Isle of Raasay (Ratharsair). To picture where it is located, imagine skipping a stone between the Scottish mainland, and the Isle of Skye. Along the way, it would skip across Raasay. The Isle of Raasay, which is Norse and means Roe Deer, being just 14 miles by 3 miles in size, has limited lodging options.
Borodale House is the only hotel on Raasay. The hotel offers 12 en-suite rooms, 10 of which overlook the Sound of Raasay, with particularly lovely views of the Cuillin Hills. Rooms vary from ‘standard’ to ‘superior’, and priced accordingly. Upgrade to the superior rooms, which are larger and include everything from fresh flowers and fruit, hand made chocolates, Isle of Arran toiletries and very luxurious towels and linens. Indirectly affiliated with Borodale House is the Isle of Rona Lodge owner Bill Cowie. If you would like a bit of an island-hopping holiday, and to get away from it all, then look no further. Rona is only accessible by boat from Portree or Raasay, has abundant wildlife, ruined settlements to explore, great fishing and more. There are three holiday cottages, a bothy, camping or a bed and breakfast to choose. Just like Rona, Borodale House is not open all year-round, so be sure to call well in advance, particularly during the cooler months of the year. The hotel can be reached via the Sconser ferry terminal at Portree. Many photos of Raasay feature the familiar flat-topped peak of Dun Caan, towering over the island at 1456 feet.
There are plenty of interesting geologic features, as well as plant and animal life, which are unique to the island such as the Raasay vole, pine martens, mountain hares, white-tailed sea eagles and the magnificent golden eagles. There are numerous red deer, rabbits, otters and even water shrews. Some of the more noteworthy plants include the carline thistle and red broomrape, plus several pines, ferns, orchids and saxifrages.
If you are looking for one of the Isle of Skye Hotels which is off the beaten path, unspoiled, and something special, consider Borodale House on the Isle of Raasay. Address: Isle Of Raasay Hotel, Isle of Raasay, Isle of Skye, IV40 8PB Telephone: 01478660222.