As you ascend towards the Old Man of Storr, the Isle of Raasay can be seen nestled between the Isle of Skye and the Scottish mainland. Known as the "Isle of the Roe Deer," Raasay, or the Isle of Raasay is located between the Isle of Skye and the Scottish mainland, separated from Skye by the Sound of Raasay and from Applecross by the Inner Sound.
The island has a rich cultural heritage and is a stunning backdrop to the hike. It's famous for being the birthplace of Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean, an essential figure in the Scottish Renaissance. Historically, Raasay was the home of Clan MacSween but was ruled by the MacLeods from the 15th to the 19th century. It then passed through several private landlords before becoming largely publicly owned. The current Chief of the Island is Roderick John Macleod of Raasay.
Raasay House, a significant site on the island, was visited by notable figures such as James Boswell and Samuel Johnson in 1773. It serves multiple purposes as a hotel, restaurant, bar, and outdoor activity centre. The blend of natural beauty and historical importance makes Raasay an exciting sight as you go to the Old Man of Storr. The island is known to be home to an endemic subspecies of bank vole, further adding to its natural appeal. The rich history and beautiful landscape of Raasay combine to create a captivating view during your ascent, reflecting the island's blend of natural beauty and cultural significance.