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Sconser on Skye

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Sconser is a very small Village in the central area of the Isle of Skye, on the south side of Loch Sligachan, 21 miles north of the Skye Bridge, 12 miles south of Portree.

The Village is popular for Golf, Hiking the 775m / 2,543ft Glamaig Mountain, and Ferries to Raasay Island with the popular Raasay House with many outdoor activities.

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The top image is of the Main Road north running through Sconser with the Ferry Terminal on the right. This small Village has a few B&Bs, Self Catering properties, and the 9 hole Isle of Skye Golf Club on the south side.

The second image is of the Ferry Slip and Ferry waiting room. Ferries run every hour taking about 25 minutes to cross to Raasay. You just turn up and go on these Ferries, buying a ticket before you board.

Raasay has a number of attractions such as a Distillery and a number of Walks.

Raasay House is the main Accommodation on the Island with a range of activities such as Archery, Tours, Sea Kayaking, Sailing, Loch Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Gorge Walking, Abseiling, and Bird Watching.

Raasay House was built for a branch of Clan MacLeod from 1747.

Glamaig Mountain is a popular hike on the north side of Sconser. This is a steep hike with scree in the steepest places, with the top giving amazing views.

Sconser History

1500s - a large House was built for Clan Macleod on Raasay, for the head of that branch of the Clan.

1746 - the original Clan House on Raasay was burned by Government Troops after that branch of Clan MacLeod fought at the Battle of Culloden. Clan MacLeod on Skye supported the Govenment at the time of Culloden, so never took part in the Battle.

1747 - the present Raasay House was built.

1843 - John Macleod left Raasay House to emigrate to Australia. The House had a number of owners over the following years.

1856 - the professional climber John Mackenzie was born at Sconser. Sgurr Mhic Choinnich mountain (Mackenzie's Peak) is one of the toughest Mountains to Hike on Skye.

1937 - Raasay House began being used as a Sporting Hotel.

1960 - the Sporting Hotel closed.

1976 - the Ferry terminal was completed at Sconser with the MV Raasay Ferry operated on the Sconser to Raasay route capable of carrying 6 cars. Before this time, a Mail Steam Ship from Portree was used for the Raasay crossings.

1999 - MV Loch Striven Ferry begins operating on the Sconser to Raasay route capable of carrying 12 cars and 203 passengers.

2013 - Raasay House re-opens for Accommodation with a large number of Outdoor Activities.

2013 - MV Hallaig ferry begins operating on the Sconser to Raasay route capable of carrying 23 cars and 150 passengers.

2017 - Isle of Raasay Distillery opened with Tours available and Accomodation.

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