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Isle of Raasay Distillery Switches Up Leadership

Credit: Howard Cooper

Isle of Raasay Distillery has completed a reorganization of its management team under R&B Distillers. The father-son team of Bill and William Dobbie are amongst those who have moved roles. Son William has been appointed as Managing Director, with the elder Dobbie now chairing at R&B Distillers. 

Of the changes, and in praise for his son, Bill Dobbie said “William has helped drive double-digit revenue growth at over 20 percent per annum during his four years as Commercial Director, and R&B’s Board was unanimous in its decision to give him the opportunity to lead the company’s next phase of growth.” 

R&B Distillers was founded in 2014 by Alasdair Day and Bill Dobbie, who quickly established the first legal distillery on the island of Raasay in 2017. The inaugural whisky release from Isle of Raasay Distillery hit the shelves in 2020. The distillery has also produced Isle of Raasay Gin, which went on sale in 2019. 

Following a revenue report of £5 million ($6.28 million USD) in 2023, R&B hopes to hit £25 million ($31.45 million USD) in sales by 2033. 

The distillery has also been awarded a number of accolades in its short lifetime, including Distillery of the Year and Tourism Destination of the Year at the Scottish Whisky Awards in 2022. On the distillery site, there is a luxury hotel named Borodale House. The small but beautiful hotel is a repurposed Victorian villa with six ensuite bedrooms, and a fine dining hall overlooking the Isle of Skye. 

The Isle of Raasay Distillery and accommodation.

As such, Isle of Raasay Distillery certainly seems to be a growing presence both in the scotch whisky and tourism industries.

Looking to the future, William Dobbie hopes to expand the distillery’s market overseas. He said “[t]he whole team deserves so much credit for our success to date, and our 10-year vision is centered on taking the business to the next level, increasing our international presence in lucrative markets like North America and Asia.

Beth Squires

Beth joined Mark Littler Ltd full-time in October 2020 following the completion of her university degree. Since then she has gained wide-ranging knowledge of all things whisk(e)y, and has written extensively for both company and external publications. Beth is passionate about industry innovation, marketing, and sustainability. With a particular affinity for independently bottled rare scotch, Beth is also a whisky bottle investment specialist.

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