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The 'Tattie Housers' have arrived! - May 2012


Rum welcomes our long awaited Tattie Housers - welsh couple Ian and Kate who have moved to Rum to rennovate the 'Tattie House' here in Kinloch Village. They have started a new blog to record their ongoing progress with the rennovation. Read their blog here.

Kilmory Beach Clean - April 2012


The community beach clean at Kilmory went very well on Saturday the 21st of April - check out the ranger blog link here for more about the day.

Nursery Assistant Post at Rum Primary - May 2012


The post of Nursery Assistant at Rum Primary is still vacant.  If you are interested please contact Headmaster Stuart Poole on 01687 462034.

It is an opportunity to become a member of the Rum community and experience island life first hand.

New signs, Waiting Room and Loo - May 2012


Visitors gratefully waiting in the new Pier waiting room (c) Ali MorrisThis month sees the opening of the long awaited waiting room at the Ferry Terminal - no pun intended! The work, carried out by SNH, means that we can say goodbye to cowering behind the rubbish and recycling skips while waiting for the ferry in poor weather.

Also, Isle of Rum Community Trust have been busy at the Ferry Terminal, installing a composting toilet.  This project, funded by IRCT, Vikki showing off the new loo (c) Ali MorrisLEADER and HIE, consigns mad dashes into the bushes to use the 'loo with a view' are now a thing of the past.   This new toilet is to be found on the south (far-away) side of the boat sheds.

Finally,  new signs have been popping up throughout Kinloch Village and the NNR providing useful information for Visitors.  There are also markers for different trails around the Village.


New Signs at Ferry Terminal (c) Ali MorrisTrail markers (c) Ali Morris











New Rum and Small Isles Walking book - May 2012


Walking on Rum and the Small Isles - by Peter Edwards 2012

A new guidebook to Walking on Rum and the Small Isles, which also covers near neighbours Coll and Tiree, is published by the UK's leading outdoor pursuits specialists, Cicerone Press, on June 15th 2012. The author, Peter Edwards, spent much of the first half of 2011 carrying out his field 'research' walking the length and breadth of the isles in his attempt to produce the definitive walking guide to a region that he believes offers some of the finest walking to be had anywhere in the UK. However, compared with many areas of the Highlands and Islands, the Small Isles remain off the beaten track; as Peter puts it:

It is customary to refer to the Small Isles as the 'hidden gems' of the Western Isles – and with good cause. Though blessed with great natural beauty, an abundance of wildlife and remarkable geological features, the islands tend to be overlooked, literally and metaphorically, by the many visitors drawn to the famously scenic grandeur of Skye, their renowned and imposing neighbour.

The relative dearth of visitors is partly due to the Small Isles having few roads  and visitors only being allowed to bring vehicles by special arrangement. Furthermore, though the islands' amenities are generally of a good standard, they are far from extensive. Therefore, planning a walking trip to the Small Isles requires a degree of logistical forethought – just getting here can be an undertaking in itself.

The upside is the real sense of remoteness that is found among the hills, along the rugged coastlines and beach-garlanded shores of these wonderful islands;  they are a haven for those who like to get away from the madding crowd and enjoy the peace and freedom of walking through landscapes unaffected by large-scale tourism.

Rum, the largest of the group, is just 14km north to south by 13.5km east to west. Yet in this relatively small area the island provides remarkable scope for the adventurous and experienced walker. The distinctive chain of volcanic hills comprising the Rum Cuillin is the obvious and immediate draw for outdoor enthusiasts, whether for hill-walking, scrambling or rock climbing. A round of the Rum Cuillin makes for a challenging day in the hills and usually features somewhere on the 'to-do' list of Scottish mountain afficianados. This is the first guidebook to provide a detailed route description of this remarkable mountain walk using Ordnance Survey mapping.

However, for the adventurous walker there is much more to Rum than the Cuillin. This guidebook includes detailed route descriptions for seven walks on the island, with variants, including the Cuillin traverse; the Dibdil horseshoe; a challenging and sublime two to three-day walk around the coast, and circular routes around the remote western hills – as well as several shorter routes.

The guidebook also covers the other islands of the Small Isles archipelago – Eigg, Canna and Muck – as well as their near neighbours, Coll and Tiree – the Hebridean Twins. Unsurprisingly, many of the routes included are coastal walks traversing extremely varied terrain from rugged, rocky shores and vertiginous cliffs to vast expanses of flower-carpeted machair and white sandy beaches. These coastal landscapes teem with wildlife and remarkable geological features, including raised beaches, caves, natural arches, sea stacks and basalt dikes. Many traces of the islands' histories, both ancient and more recent, are found around these coastlines; from Bronze Age duns (fortifications) perched on rocky promontories to the abandoned settlements, bearing mute testament to the Highland Clearances.

IRCT Administrator Job Vacancy - April 2012


Isle of Rum Community Trust are looking to recruit a new Administrator.  

Details of the job description can be found here.

Applicants are asked to submit their CV and covering letter to by May 11th.


Job Vacancy at Kinloch Castle - April 2012


Job Vacancy at Kinloch Castle - Catering / General Assistant job - please see for details on how to apply

Camping Cabins Arrive - March 2012


Camping Cabins Arrive (c) Vikki TrelferFriday 30th March saw the arrival of the Isle of Rum Community Trust’s new camping cabins.  The two ‘pods’ are now a part of  Kinloch Village Campsite and are located at the east end of the campsite, nearer to the Old Pier and it is hoped that they will earn a valuable income for IRCT to invest in other community projects.

The cabins are beautifully basic.  With mattresses to sleep up to four people and ample space for kit, they will provide a welcome retreat from the Rum midges later in the season!  They also have solar lighting and spectacular views out over Loch Scresort.

Development Officer, Vikki Trelfer who is in charge of this project says  “This is a really exciting project for the community on Rum; we’re now able to offer visitors a greater variety of accommodation. This wouldn’t have been possible without support from the LEADER programme and Highlands & Islands Enterprise, and is a first step towards greater economic sustainability for the island.”

Dave positioning cabins (c) Sean Morris

Vikki and the first Cabin (c) Sean MorrisThe project owes a massive debt of gratitude to Peter Crocket for his time and dedication to numbers and angles and to Dave Beaton for stepping into the breach and creating the most magnificently sculpted strainer post bases that no-one will ever see, but we know are there!

Further information on how to book the Cabins is available here.  Alternatively, e-mail or call Jinty at Rum Shop 01687 460 328.

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Teashop opening Wednesday April 4th - April 2012


Excitement is building as Claire has announced her opening day for her teashop in the newly redecorated Village Hall as Wednesday April 4th 2012.

We can't wait to sample her selection of soup, sarnies, toasties, tray bakes and other home baking.  Summer is truely here!

For more information have a look at her section of the website here


Rare Bittern on Rum - March 2012


Well done Norman for spotting a Bittern in the nearly completed wildlife garden next to the Village Hall on Sunday 18th.  Apparently the bird spent some time guddling happily in the garden.  

For more on this story and some superb photos have a look at Mike the Ranger's blog here.

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