Highlands & Islands

Fire-hit Raasay House to be reopened following rebuild

Raasay House
Image caption Raasay House was badly damaged in a blaze in 2009

A trouble-hit £4.5m project to revamp an island's community-owned former stately home has been completed.

The work to refurbish Raasay House on Raasay, off Skye, was in its final stages when the property was almost destroyed by a fire in January 2009.

Rok, the project's construction firm, collapsed the following year and a new contractor had to be hired.

An event called the Big Weekend will be held from 12-15 July to mark the finish of the revamp.

Lib Dem MP Charles Kennedy will officially reopen Raasay House on 20 September.

Managed by Raasay House Community Company (RHCC), the property offers holiday accommodation, cafe, bar, restaurant and an activity centre.

Image caption The property will be officially reopened in September

The sprawling 258-year-old mansion once belonged to the Clan MacLeod.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Big Lottery Fund Scotland and Historic Scotland funded the revamp.

RHCC chairman David Westgarth said the project had suffered "numerous setbacks" and "frustrations".

He said: "Raasay House is now a magnificent building with a new interior and new roofs throughout but looking as it always did from the outside.

"Our tenants the Raasay Outdoor Centre are now in situ with a full insurance and maintenance tenancy and we look forward to helping them make the house a key economic driver to help sustain the future of the Island and its community."

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