Today (Monday 3 December) the residents and friends of Raasay are celebrating the transfer to community ownership of Raasay House, its policies, and other land previously owned by Highlands & Islands Enterprise.
For the first time, the Raasay community itself will actually own land and premises on the island and be able to benefit directly from the income generated from current and future tenants.
Now, as landlords of the historic and iconic building, the community’s elected representatives who make up the board of the Raasay House Community Company have the responsibility of developing these assets. The main purpose of the board is to work with company members and friends, for the benefit of all Raasay residents.
Raasay House Community Company (RHCC) was formed in February 2007 in accordance with the requirements of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, so all members must be on the electoral roll and be permanent residents of the Island.
The house and land were sold to the community by HIE for