Raasay is an island in the inner Hebrides that lies between the Isle of Skye and Applecross on the mainland. Raasay has a population of 161 as of the 2011 census, a 10% decrease since the 2001 census. Raasay is most famous for being the birthplace of the poet Sorley MacLean.
Raasay is connected to Skye by Calmac ferry from Sconser that takes 20 minutes.
There is a primary school on the island but high school pupils travel to Portree for their secondary education.
RAASAY SOCIAL HOUSING (POPULATION: 161)
Registered Social Landlord: Highland Council
No. of 1 bedroom homes: 1
No. of 2 bedroom homes: 1
No. of 3 bedroom homes: 1
No. of 4 bedroom + homes: 0
Registered Social Landlord: Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association
No. of 1 bedroom homes: 0
No. of 2 bedroom homes: 3
No. of 3 bedroom homes: 4
No. of 4 bedroom + homes: 1
Any house plots available on Raasay are listed here and here
PRIVATE RENTED HOUSING AND HOUSING FOR SALE
Most housing on Raasay is privately owned. There are a limited number of houses sold every year and there is often strong demand increasing local house prices.
The Scottish Government promotes initiatives to help first time buyers, but some like the Help to Buy scheme and the MI New Home initiatives are mainly available for new build housing in locations outside of the Hebrides.
Open Market LIFT may be accessible, however access to financial support is currently limited and house price thresholds are low. In Raasay, the low threshold means there are few if any houses coming on the market where Open Market LIFT would be relevant. Many islands also have few house sales limiting this option – it is not available for self build.
Islanders may also be able to get help to buy through the Mortgage Guarantee Scheme
Please click on the links below to search for housing for rent and sale on Raasay.
Isle of Skye Estate Agency | Skye Property Centre | Rightmove | Gumtree