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Rum Ranger New Contact Details - March 2013


Isle of Rum Community Ranger Mike now has a new e-mail address:

If you have tried to contact him to book any events or for any queries from the start of March, please could you write to him at this new e-mail address as he will not have received your mail.

He apologises for any inconvenience caused and looks forward to hearing from you.

You can see Ranger Mike's Events Programme for the 2013 Year of Natural Scotland HERE


WestWheels Car Club Vacancy - March 2013


WestWheels Car Club is recruiting for a new Local Coordinator post to support the car club in the Mallaig, Arisaig, Knoydart & Small Isles area. 

WestWheels Car Club owns two cars parked in Mallaig, and one in Arisaig.  These cars are used by members based across the area.  Members book the cars online, pick up keys from an unmanned secure key safe and complete a ‘trip sheet’ to show the time they’ve used the car for and the miles they’ve done.  This information is then converted into a monthly invoice, sent out to members by car club administration.

Job description

In the main, the car club operates on a self-service basis by members, but there is a need for someone to check and maintain the cars on a regular basis.  The Local Coordinator’s main responsibilities will be to check the cars, perform basic car maintenance, report use and any problems to the car club administration, be the main telephone contact for member in the event of a problem and to show new members where the cars are parked and how to access them.  The Coordinator will also need to arrange for repairs/ servicing/ MOTs etc as required.

On submission of a monthly timesheet, the post holder will be paid a guaranteed retainer for 20 hours per month at £8.50 per hour (PAYE).  In a busier month, any hours worked over the core 20 hours will be paid at the same rate.  

Initially the post will be for a period up until the 1st June.  Thereafter, subject to funding, the post may be extended to the end of March 2014.

Based in Mallaig or Arisaig, the Car Club Coordinator will:

As necessary:

Check and clean and the three WestWheels cars after use by car club members

Be the first point of contact for car club members on a mobile phone supplied by WestWheels car club and assist or direct callers as appropriate.

Brief new members – showing them the cars, where they’re kept, operation, location of keys, PIN number, and general car club information and rules

Once a month:

Collect ‘trip sheets’, send them to the car club administration and put a new trip sheet into each car

Check tyre pressure, screen wash, water, oil of each car at least once a month

There will also be additional opportunities to be involved in the marketing of West Wheels and how the car club develops in the future.   This will be on an as and when basis and subject to the post holder’s interest and availability and is not a requirement of taking on the post.

Person Specification

Reporting to a volunteer director of West Wheels Car Club, the post holder will have the following skills and attributes:


Live within easy access of Mallaig or Arisaig
Have a full, driving licence
Live or work in an area with reliable mobile phone access
Be flexible
Be confident working with members of the public
Have an understanding of the need for car maintenance
Entitled to work in the UK


Interest in learning about car clubs and transport
Be computer literate

Applications & Interview

For more information and an application form, please email or telephone 01687 482 480

Please return application forms to or by post to Sue Hollands, 13 Cleadale, Isle of Eigg, PH42 4RL by Wednesday 20th March.

Interviews will be held in Mallaig on afternoon / evening of Sunday 24th March. 


Conservation Volunteers wanted - March 2013


Rhododendron ponticum (c) Mike WerndlyConservation volunteers wanted on the beautiful Isle of Rum:

Friday 19th - Monday 22nd April 2013

The Isle of Rum Community Trust Ranger Service is looking for 6 volunteers to assist with Rhododendron clearance (using the Lever and Mulch technique).

We would prefer applicants to have some experience in this field already i.e., students and trainee land managers who would like more to add to their CV.However, other applications will be considered. You will need to be physically fit, have a good sense of humour and an interest in the environment.

Successful applicants will be provided with accommodation for the duration of their stay (in our new cabins) and ferry tickets to and from the island (you will have to make your own way to Mallaig our nearest port), and everyone will be rostered on for cooking  duties (1 in 3 not bad).

The evenings will be free, so plenty of time to explore. The island has red-throated divers, golden eagles, otters and many other interesting species.

If this is for you please send a CV and short covering letter/e-mail to Mike Werndly or IRCT Office Kinloch Castle, Isle of Rum, Inverness-shire PH43 4RR by April 5th 2013.Successful applicants w ill hear back a few days later.



Burns Night - January 2013


Burns Supper (c) Ali MorrisA fabulous Rum Burns Supper for 2013 was held on Friday 25th January. Splendid food, poetic contributions from various members of the community, plenty of drams and dancing and a great time had by all. We found plenty to toast to and celebrate, a very English Selkirk Grace was given by Ady, the addressing of the haggis came from Dave in his full tartan kilted glory and we had toasts to the lassies and laddies from James and Abby.

Fliss and Sylvia toasting absent friends and life and we had poems from Rhys reading Burns and other islanders reading their own work or that of islanders past and present. Auld Lang Syne was accompanied by a visiting pianist who joined us for the evening.

Thanks for the splendid food, company and to all those who made it happen and came along to join in.



Website Changes - January 2013


We are in the process of updating some of our pages as we find it hard to believe how things can get out of date in the year since we launched our new improved site.

If a link isn't quite working yet, or a page is looking a little jumbled - or completely disappears, please bear with us and check back again soon as we are just having a tweak.

Thanks - Rum web team.

Rum Photography Competition 2013


Rum from Eigg (c) Georgina McMillan

Isle of Rum

Photography Competition


To celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland the Isle of Rum Community Trust is running a photography competition.  Photographs are invited on the following themes and must be recognisably Rum:

Natural Landscapes
Historic Landscapes
Wildlife, Flora and Fauna

* Star Prize *

The taker of the best overall photograph will receive two free places + 3 nights’ accommodation on George Logan’s photography course to be held on Rum on 1st-2nd June 2013

There will be two prizes in each category:

1st prize – a weekend (2 nights) for 2 people in a camping cabin

2nd prize – one night’s accommodation for 2 people in a camping cabin

The top 4 photos in each category will also receive a calendar containing the 12 best images; the calendar will be on sale on the island.

Judge: John Aitchison

Entries should be accompanied by a donation of £5 per photo using the PayPal button below.


Please make your file no larger than 1.5MB and email your entry to, indicating whether you will be sending a cheque or have paid via paypal on the website.

Closing date for entries: Friday 15th March 2013

Winners will be announced by 29th March 2013 on

Competition Rules can be seen here

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Happy New Year One and All - January 2013


Well, many, many of our best Rum style New Year wishes to you all.  We are all well on the way to being recovered after our Hogmanay meal in the Village Hall and fireworks outside.  Now we are faced with the reality of January, but can look forward to the coming season as we tell ourselves that it really is just around the corner.

We are pleased to announce the opening of our new Guest House at Ivy Cottage on the shore road by the phone box.  With commanding views of Loch Scresort and the mainland hills, Fliss and Sandy will give you a warm welcome and spoil you with local produce.  Further information can be found here.

There will be changes afoot in the style of Hostel accommodation available this year, but rest assured that accommodation will be available and we will publish that information as soon as we get confiirmation from Scottish Natural Heritage.

Our 2013 Isle of Rum Year of Natural Scotland Ranger Events Programme has now been published and can be found on the Wildlife > Ranger Service page - or you can follow this link.   Ranger Mike will be conducting his usual weekly round of guided walks and talks, and has some unmissable trips planned, firstly night walks up to the Shearwater colony (April and September) and an exciting mid-summer wildlife watching overnight camping trip into the Red Deer Research study area at Kilmory in the north of the island.

With the Year of Natural Scotland upon us we look forward to welcoming both old friends and new to hop over and join our journey.  After all, we're on the Isle of Rum and there is ...always something new to discover.


Isle of Rum Christmas Fayre - December 2012


winning mince pie, Izzy (c) Nic Goddard

We welcomed December in classic Rum fashion with our Christmas Fayre on Saturday December 1st. The aroma of mulled wine, mince pies, cinnamon and cloves filled the crisp winter air as we had our first falling of snow in the village (we had a dusting on the peaks a few weeks ago). Inside the community hall was an array of Rum-made goodies - decorations, gifts, festive foodie treats, Christmas cards, crochet, knitted and felted delights. handmade chocolates and fudge, cosmetics, hats, scarfs and more. Christmas tunes rocked the hall and competition was stiff for the coveted title of Best Mince Pie.

Christmas Fayre (C) Nic Goddard

Independent judge Doug cogitated and contemplated long and hard taking into consideration appearance, texture, taste and  

traditional mince pie standards while judging the array of entries before him. We had classic mince pies dredged with icing sugar and adorned with holly, a maverick mincemeat muffin entry, mincemeat pasties and an enormous specimen clearly entered hoping the same judging criteria as the pumpkin competition would be played out with bigger being better! Doug's comments included: "quite nice", "hard, oatmeally pastry", "lovely buttery taste". "harder than I thought", "it's not a pie!" and "oh my goodness, thats enough!" before proclaiming Izzy the winner. Izzy said "I'd like to thank my pastry chef trainer, except I never had one!" before returning to work in the castle kitchen clutching her goodie bag of Christmas Fayre produce prize.



Castle Hostel winter closure dates - November 2012


Kinloch Castle Closed Over Winter

Kinloch Castle, including the Hostel, will be closed from 1st November 2012 to 1st April 2013.
Pre-booked guided tours of the castle’s Principle Wing will be available during this period, subject to the availability of staff. Tours must be booked at least 48 hours in advance. A minimum charge of £35.00 applies to bookings comprising less than 5 visitors.
For information about hostel accommodation and castle tours telephone 01687 462037, or have a look at the Castle Tours page here

Prizewinning pumpkin - October 2012


prizewinning pumpkin (C) Nic Goddard


The proud winner of the 2012 pumpkin growing competition is Fliss Fraser.  What the prizewinning specimen lacked in traditional pumpkin shape and bright orange colour it more than made up for in height, girth and weight.

Fliss, who has been nurturing her super squash for months said "As one of the island's Growing Gurus I am very proud to have achieved such success with my pumpkin this year. I am looking forward to carving it and making soup, pie and more soup!" Fliss declined to share the secret of her success but denied the use of any black magic or chemical assistance in growing her ginormous gourd.

Runner-up in the growing contest, Ali Morris, also a Growing Guru for the island was happy to have spread her green fingered genius across several specimens and brought a selection of carved and complete pumpkins to display.

Shopkeeper and judge of the contest Jinty Crocket said of the prizewinning pumpkin; "it's off the scale, man!" referring to the lack of scales on the island big enough to weigh it.

First prize was a cosy pair of socks, much needed in the light of the first snow of the season falling today here on Rum.

Elsewhere on the island Halloween was celebrated by the children with a party at the school, pumpkin carving and trick or treating around the village. A spooktastic time was had by all!

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