"Raasay" means Isle of the Roe (or Red) Deer.
About fourteen miles north to south and three miles east to west (at its widest), its terrain is varied. The highest point at 1456 feet is Dun Caan, an unusual, flat-topped peak. The village of Inverarish is near the southeast coast. A portion of the village served as a prisoner of war camp for Germans during the World War I. The prisoners were used to work the iron mine on the island (inactive since shortly after that time).
Presently, the primary employment is in fish farming, working for the ferry company, or commuting to jobs in Portree on Skye. There is a primary school, but older students must get to Portree via ferry and bus.
Geologically interesting, the island is visited by many students engaged in mapping projects.
Sites of interest include the remains of a broch, the ruins of Brochel Castle, inscribed stones, the old manor house--Raasay House--visited by Boswell and Johnson, the remains of several abandoned crofting communities (including Sorley MacLean's Hallaig), and many walking paths. Raasay is home to the Raasay vole--found nowhere else in the world. It also supports a rich variety of plants and a good otter population.
A fifteen minute ferry ride connects the island with Sconser on Skye. An excellent small shop and post office is located in Inverarish. Accommodation is available at the Isle of Raasay Hotel, the Raasay Outdoor Center (located in Raasay House), a couple of B&Bs, and the Scottish Youth Hostel Association hostel--Creachan Cottage.
With a large population of people who strictly observe the sabbath, there are no services available on Sundays, the playground is closed, and the ferry does not run.