Raasay Development Trust


A charitable trust established to sustain a diverse range of community assets and development projects

Raasay Development Trust (RDT) develops projects which improve the island’s infrastructure, offer new opportunities and deliver benefits to islanders and the community generally in terms of welfare and sustainability. 

The trust consists of a board of seven directors, all volunteers, working with our local development officer, Elizabeth Taggart. This position is funded by  HIE.

Elizabeth’s role is to deal with public and private agencies, progress complex funding applications, and progress these projects and opportunities within tight timescales.

Some of these projects have a long history and some are relatively recent.

Registered charity number  SC045185 . Registered company number SC483429.



In collaboration with  Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association  and the  Communities Housing Trust  we are developing five properties for affordable rent and five serviced self-build plots. Plots will be discounted through the  Rural Housing Burden scheme

Catoe Brown Architects and  James Macqueen Building Contractors Ltd  are the appointed contractors. Site preparation began in January 2023 and the house kits are being manufactured off-site.

The development is being funded by the Rural and Island Housing Fund, the Ecology Building Society and the sale of the self-build plots. 


The pontoon, which can accommodate up to 24 boats, is now open and in use. Water and power facilities are due to be operational by the end of July 2023. The second phase will see onshore facilities and wider visitor infrastructure developed.

Construction phase 1 project funders/supporters are  Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF),  Highland Council Coastal Fund (HCCF) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).


Raasay Community Renewables  (RCR) was set up to manage this after a successful community shares offer. RCR is supported by Elizabeth and the hydro contractor BluEnergy. 

Construction is finished and the hydro was commissioned in September 2022. It is now producing and exporting electricity to the National Grid. 

New 5-year plan

As the current 5-year plan is in it’s final year, a new 5-year plan for 2024–2029 is being put together on behalf of RDT by Community Enterprise Scotland. Consultation events are taking place with the community and the new plan will presented at RDT’s AGM (date to be confirmed).


Below are the links to the minutes of the RDT meetings in date order. To open, click on the date.

This will open the minutes in PDF format in a new window.


Chairperson’s Report


AGM February 2021 


RDT membership application form


AGM proxy form, nomination


Isle of Raasay

pine cones
raasay moss
Waterfall Raasay HM

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