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Planning Application for new EE mast on Rum


Planning permission being sought for 15m emergency services mast at the junction between Kinloch and Kilmory glen on Rum. To be powered by a diesel generator. You can view the application on the Highland Council planning website HERE

'In Tune with Nature' music competition


Scottish Natural Heritage are inviting musicians and songwriters of all music genres to write a new composition inspired by one of a list of National Nature Reserves, which includes us here, on the Isle of Rum. The piece will be used to help celebrate Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters.  Closing date for submissions is 31st May 2020.

Further information about this competition can be found HERE

New Housing Development - Kinloch


The past couple of years have seen real changes on Rum. The new housing cluster tucked up behind the deer larder with good views up the Coire Dubh is progressing well, with the MOWI Manager’s House and worker’s accommodation now in full-time use.

Four new 2-bed houses are being built in the same area by IRCT. These will be the first new community houses in decades, providing an affordable rental option to residents. Started in September 2019, by contractors S&K Macdonald Homes, they will hopefully be finished by April 2020.
The first two houses were wind and water-tight by the end of November with roofs, windows and doors in place. The remaining two semis are now underway. This is a massive achievement for IRCT and we look forward to seeing the finished homes.

Rhododendron Eradication within Kinloch


IRCT contractors have been diligently working since November 2019 to eradicate Rhododendron ponticum on Trust land within Kinloch Village. Scottish Natural Heritage also have plans in place to eradicate Rhododendron from their land within Kinloch.  This is great news as it will open up the woods again. However, the face of the village will change as can be seen by some of these before and after pictures.

2020 Seasonal Ranger Post


The Isle of Rum Community Trust is now recruiting a seasonal Ranger for 2020. This is an exciting opportunity for someone keen to work with visitors and locals to achieve a high standard of visitor satisfaction.

Closing date is Tuesday 11th February 2020.

Follow the link to the advert HERE

We now have moorings


IRCT now have 10 moorings in the the bay at Loch Scresort to provide safe mooring for visiting yacht's people.  These were installed by MOWI in the summer of 2019 and have proved very popular.  You can find out more about paying for your mooring by visiting the Rum Bunkhouse website HERE.

Isle of Rum Scouts


At our winter gathering, Joss and Eve were invested as Scouts, by their leader Jenny, of the 11th Lochaber, Isle of Rum Scouts. Eve and Joss are very excited and can’t wait to get going with all the activities and especially the Scout camps planned for later in the year.

Girl scouts

Picture: Fliss Fraser.

Burn's Night Winter Gathering


Saturday 25th January saw us gather in the Community Hall for our Burn’s Night Supper and winter gathering. The children of Rum Primary and Nursery along with Mrs Ingram (Teacher) and Jenny (Nursery Assistant) perform their Christmas play, Baboushka. Now, we know it’s a little late, but the run up to Christmas was far too hectic and since then we have all been struck by the various illnesses that have been doing the rounds.

Jed addressed the haggis valiantly, Eve, Joss and Dougal performed brilliantly, with acting, poetry, singing, dancing and Eve and Jed playing a tune they composed on the electric guitars.

A great night was had by all. Thank you to all of those that made it happen. (Photos: Fliss Fraser)

Basking Shark Search - rescheduled for August


>>>Rescheduled due to bad weather in July<<<

Monday 12th August: 9.30am-1.30pm: Basking Shark Search

Join the Ranger for a guided walk to Port Na Caranean to search for this amazing plankton-feeding shark – the second largest fish in the world!

Wear good boots and bring sandwiches, drinks, cameras, binoculars and midge repellent/nets.

Meet outside the Village Hall at 9.30am Cost £10 Adults / £5 Children

National Marine Week 2019


The Sea, the Sea! 

Come over to Rum and celebrate National Marine Week and National Whale & Dolphin Watch week with the Isle of Rum Community Ranger Service

Events for National Marine Week 2019:


Monday 29 July: 5-6pm: National Marine Week: Evening Talk: The Even-More-Ancient Mariners – Whales & Dolphins of the World

Venue: Rum Village Hall Cost £5 Adults / £2 Children

Tuesday 30 July: 11am-1pm: National Whale & Dolphin Watch Week: Seawatch

Join the Ranger at the Otter Hide on the south shore, to record marine creatures for the SeaWatch Foundation

Venue: Rum Otter HideNo cost, but donations gratefully received!

Wednesday 31 July: 5-6pm: National Marine Week: Evening Talk: Sounds Deep – Oceanography Since Aristotle

Venue: Rum Village Hall Cost £5 Adults / £2 Children


Thursday 1 August: 10am-12pm: National Whale & Dolphin Watch Week: Seawatch

Join the Ranger at the Otter Hide on the south shore, to record marine creatures for the SeaWatch Foundation

Venue: Rum Otter HideNo cost, but donations gratefully received!

Thursday 1 August: 1-3pm: National Whale & Dolphin Watch Week:The Rum Pelagic Experience boat trip: the Thursday Boat Trip in the MV Sheerwater

Come along on a 2 hour Ranger-guided pelagic trip from Rum to Soay, to record marine creatures for the SeaWatch Foundation

Meet at the Calmac ferry pier, 1pmCost £10 Adult / £5 Child

Friday 2 August: 5-6pm: National Marine Week: Evening Talk: Mysteries of the Deep – Nessie & other mysterious creatures of loch & ocean

Venue: Rum Village Hall Cost £5 Adults / £2 Children





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