REPOST: Raasay emerges as the true winner in ‘SAS Who Dares Wins’

West Highland Free Press – 9 February 2020 – Article by Adam Gordon

…While those who followed the show across its six-week run were no doubt on the edge of their seats in anticipation of who would triumph in last weekend’s grand finale, the setting of this year’s show – the Isle of Raasay – has proved to be as much of a draw for many of a West Highland persuasion.

The old steading on the island was selected by the programme’s producers as the perfect location for the recruits’ digs, while many other parts of Raasay, such as the beautiful and iconic Dun Caan also featured prominently.

Norman Gillies, who works as the operations director at the Raasay Distillery on the island, spoke to the Free Press this week about the impact the programme has had on the island.

He said: “From the distillery’s perspective, the filming of Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins on Raasay was a welcome boost to the island economy last October and some great exposure in the lead up to the release of our first Isle of Raasay Single Malt this year.

( ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’, is a British hard-core ‘Reality TV’ programme. Recruits are challenged by former Special Forces members to complete tasks to progress to the next stage. SAS = Special Air Service)