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The island of Raasay is located to the east of the Isle of Skye, immediately north of the island of Scalpay, in Highland Council Area. State owned, Raasay has suffered like many of the islands from a diminishing population, Raasay has the lowest proportion of children of all the Scottish islands. The population has dropped from 211 (1961), to 163 (1971) and 152 (1981), before seeing a modest resurgence to 163 (1991), 192 (2001) and 161 (2011). Covering an area of 6405 ha (15,827 acres), the highest point on the island is Dun Caan, situated in the centre of the island and rises to a height of 443m (1453 feet). The island is populated with Red Deer, water shrew, a unique native bank vole, alpine hares and is the only Scottish island on which pine marten live, as well as varied birdlife, including golden eagles. The main settlement on the island is Inverarish, which is located on the southwest coast of the island, a mile (1.5 km) from the ferry terminal at Suisnish. Places of interest include The Battery, site of a 19th Century cannon emplacement, Raasay House, with many links to the islands past and now run as an outdoor centre and the Pictish-Ogam stone of Temptation Hill. Raasay is particularly famed for its pipers and for the poet Sorley MacLean (1911-96).

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