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Join the 'Friends Of Rum' - December 2011


The Friends of Rum are a committed group of supporters who help the Isle of Rum Community Trust to achieve our objectives by providing an income for projects, sharing their skills, and through in-kind donations.

Friends of Rum:Handover Celebrations 2010 (c) Georgina McMillan

  • Receive 2 newsletters per year with updates on what we’ve been doing
  • Get a 10% discount on IRCT accommodation (just the campsite at the moment)
  • Have achance to be part of Rum’s development by putting
    forward ideas and providing valuable feedback
  • Enjoy opportunities to join our special Friends events
  • Are able to volunteer for specific practical projects and become part of the community
  • Demonstrate their commitment to the vision of the Isle of Rum Community Trust

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Storm Damage on Rum - December 2011


Trees hanging at the crossroads (c) Georgina McMillan

Scottish School of Forestry Students helping with the cleanup (c) Georgina McMillan

The 8th of December brought high winds to Rum and most of Scotland. Luckily no-one on Rum was injured but we had lots of trees come down in the village.  We were very lucky to have the Scottish School of Forestry Inverness visiting at the time who were amazing at clearing trees and brash in the village.

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Rum Featured on 'Landward' - November 2011


Landward the outdoors TV program came out to Rum in the summer and filmed three short segments for their autumn/winter shows. The focus was on the Rum ponies, Manx Shearwaters, red deer and community development.
The segments will be featured on BBC2 in the November episodes. The first will be shown on BBC2 at 7pm on Friday the 4th of November 2011. Repeated on iPlayer


"Goats to Remain on Rum" - October 2011


SNH Press Release - 24/10/2011

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is to maintain a healthy and viable population of feral goats on the island of Rum, even though some are being culled to protect the island's fragile habitats. The goats are thought to have been on Rum for at least 200 years and, along with eagles, red deer and Manx shearwater, have become an established wildlife feature of the island's national nature reserve. Over the past ten years there has been a marked increase in the size of the feral goat herd, for reasons that are not entirely clear. This has been shown to have a negative impact on protected fragile heaths and grasslands.

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Vote For the Rum Byre Development - September 2011


Help the Rum Byre Development - We need your vote...

Rum Byre (c) Vikki Trelfer
Rum Byre (c) Vikki Trelfer
Rum Byre (c) Vikki Trelfer







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New Book - 'Eccentric Wealth - The Bulloughs of Rum' - August 2011


New Book by Alastair Scott - This is the first book dedicated to exploring the myriad myths and rumours about the Bulloughs of Rum, ranging from their humble beginnings in Lancashire cotton mills to their world-leading inventions which afforded the fantasy world they created on Rum.  Stripping away the hearsay from fact has does nothing to diminish the extraordinary lives they led - indeed, there is a host of spicy new revelations to replace the ones that lack corroboration.  This is not a dry biography but an enthralling read about how the other half lived when they, the nouveau riche, broke free from the social and moral bondage of Victorian Britain. Essential reading for everyone with an interest in Rum and its icon, Kinloch Castle!

Available to buy at Kinloch Castle and at the Rum Community Shop, paperback, RRP £9.99.  Published by Birlinn, 2011.


Burgdorf Students (Switzerland) Visit Rum - August 2011


Twelve students and three lecturers from Bern University of Applied Sciences in Burgdorf, Switzerland, came out to Rum in late August 2011 as part of their architecture summer Burgdorf Students (c) Thomas Krebsschool programme. Thomas Krebs,  group co-ordinator and also a member of the Kinloch Castle Friends Association, liaised with IRCT and arranged for the students to come to Rum and create designs for buildings in the village. Last year, he came to Rum with a first student group and they produced some great designs for the byre/ old farm steading building in the village. These drawings were very helpful to the Rum community as they helped to visualise the potential of the Byre and other developments in the village. This year, they looked at designs for sustainable housing on the north side of Loch Scresort and revisited the Byre design as some of the priorities have changed. We are looking forward to seeing their designs from this year's group and wish to thank Thomas and Bern University of Applied Sciences again for their great work in helping the Rum community.


New Handrails on Rockery Burn Bridge - August 2011


New handrails have been put onto Rockery Burn Bridge this month. The old handrail was getting unsafe and local joiner Sandy Fraser recently finished the new handrails and they are looking great.  The repairs were paid for by SNH as part of the transfer agreement, but IRCT will be responsible for ongoing maintenance and liability.  Rockery Burn Bridge (c) Georgina McMillanRockery Burn Bridge with residents Fliss, Sandy and Jocelyn (c) Georgina McMillan

Take a moment next time you’re there to lean on the rail and watch the river flow by!




New Visitor Services Manager at Kinloch Castle - July 2011


Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum has appointed a new Visitor Services Manager. David Armstrong came to Rum on the 11th of July 2011 and has started in his new role.His wife Lynda and 22 month old daughter Elena will be joining David on Rum in the next few weeks. They are moving from the Wirral Peninsula which is sandwiched between north Wales and Liverpool - so they are used to wet conditions with biting insects! David has a broad background including serving 13 years in the army which included being stationed in a variety of countries such as Norway, Denmark, the Falklands, Canada, Germany and Bosnia. He has also studied and attained an MA in History which has led his career to the heritage field. He was once a costume interpreter at the Tower of London and he recently worked for 4 years with the National Trust. This was in the Liverpool area which involved the management of Speke Hall, and Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road – the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney!

David and his family are looking forward to exploring Rum and the Highlands – David is keen on wildlife and is a closet twitcher, Lynda is keen to do kayaking and canoeing and their daughter has already shown liking of horses and ponies – so Rum should be able to keep them entertained. They are also looking forward to getting involved with the nursery and school on Rum.

Welcome to Rum David, Lynda and Elena!


New Isle of Rum Community Trust Development Officer - June 2011


Following David Frew’s departure in March, IRCT has appointed a new Development Officer; Vikki Trelfer started on 6th June 2011 and is getting into the swing of island life.  Vikki previously lived in Inverness and worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau, and in August will complete her MSc in Sustainable Rural Development through Aberdeen University.  Her contract is funded by HIE and LEADER and runs to the end of November 2011, but we are hopeful it will be extended for a further two years.



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