Here’s a short video feature I put together highlighting a unique building often lost amongst the various ruins around Raasay.
This ‘Boat-Shed’, literally made to utilise the shape of an old boat for its roof, could be a common sight on many islands and coastal communities around the UK. A notable example of these are the famous boat sheds on Lindisfarne that are made up of giant hulls cut in half. While Raasay’s contribution is much less impressive, it represents a more common style found historically. Old boat frames and hulls, no longer suitable or sea-worthy, were placed on shaped walls, then tarred and pitched over to form a sturdy roof for sheds and byres. Though this particular ‘boat-shed’ has long since fallen derelict, the unique shape is still plain to see. Located only a short distance from the Suisnish souterrain, keep an eye out for it next time you’re out exploring.