Auf der kleinen Insel Raasay freut man sich: VisitScotland, die Organisation zur Förderung des Tourismus in Schottland, hat das Besucherzentrum der neuen Isle of Raasay Distillery nach einer Qualitätsüberprüfung mit der höchsten Wertung, fünf Sternen, ausgezeichnet. Diese höchste Prämierung wird nicht oft vergeben, und vor allem nicht nach so kurzer Zeit nach der Eröffnung des Besucherzentrums Anfang dieses Jahres.
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ISLE OF RAASAY DISTILLERY VISITORS CENTRE AWARDED FIVE STARS BY VISITSCOTLAND’S QUALITY ASSURANCE SCHEME
Isle of Raasay Distillery is delighted to announce that its Visitors Centre has been awarded VisitScotland’s highest ‘Five Star Visitor Attraction’ accreditation, joining the ranks of some of the most unforgettable locations in the country.
Raasay Distillery is pioneering a new provenance for Scotch Whisky and, since opening the visitors centre in January 2018, it has become a popular tourist destination for whisky pilgrims. Visitors to the Raasay Distillery can now experience first-hand the exciting journey from converting a disused Victorian building to handcrafting the first Isle of Raasay single malt.
Raasay Distillery is independently owned by co-founders Alasdair Day and Bill Dobbie. The pair worked with local architect Olli Blair (ABIR Architects) and Allen Associates to incorporate Borodale House, a disused Victorian villa, within the design for a modern distillery, visitors centre and accommodation.
Alasdair Day comments:
“We were delighted to receive a five-star rating from VisitScotland for our visitor centre. It reflects all the great work by our talented team, who have managed to set a high standard in such a short amount of time.“
Distillery tours cater for all levels of whisky knowledge, from the curious to the connoisseur, and offer an insight into the innovative whisky making process. Raasay Distillery’s tour guides are local islanders who share their unrivalled knowledge of Raasay’s geography and community. The distillery offers eight tours per day, seven days a week, throughout the year. Raasay Distillery predicts that this modern Visitors Centre will bring a significant number of new visitors to the island.
Chris Taylor, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, adds:
“It is commendable that the Isle of Raasay Distillery Visitor Centre has achieved 5 Stars so soon after opening in January 2018. Delivering a quality experience that not only meets but exceeds visitor expectations is crucial in making Scotland a must-visit, must-return destination. I am delighted that Raasay’s first legal distillery and visitor centre has proved such a success and has been so well-supported by the island community. Just a few minutes’ walk from the ferry terminal, it is in an ideal location to attract visitors through its doors.
Quality Assurance means stars on the door and a great deal more. It is about the entire visitor experience and driving improvement in that experience throughout the country.”
Raasay Distillery is also the only distillery in Scotland to provide luxury accommodation within the same building. Three of the bedrooms offer views of the Cuillin mountains on Skye, while the other rooms overlook the production yard and are designed for the ultimate whisky lover. Raasay Distillery is also planning a calendar of events throughout the year, including Raasay Tunes which celebrates local musicians, and is an integral part of the annual ‘Whisky, Fire and Song’ community festival. The distillery is an ideal destination for whisky tourists and those looking for an unusual off-the-beaten track holiday.