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Meet the Locals: We are running another Deer Walk this summer...


Meet the Locals! Saturday 25th June 2016
We are running another walk out to Kilmory this summer, to see the deer (and hopefully some of this year’s calves) and learn more about the

Rum Deer Project

Meet outside the Village Hall at 1pm, returning by around 8pm
Wear good boots – it’s a 16km (10 mile) round trip, on mostly dry but uneven surfaces. Bring a picnic supper, cameras, binoculars and midge repellent/jackets

There will also be a short talk about the work of the Rum Deer Project and a chance to see the vast collection of skulls and antlers built up over the last 40+ years

£10 Visitors / £5 Children *Booking essential*
For booking and more details speak to Trudi the Ranger or contact her on

Rum is in the news again - this time for our enormous worms!


The earthworms out at Papadil are the size of young snakes - more than three times the length and weight of mainland worms.

Dr Kevin Butt talked about them on Radio 4's Today programme recently:

"Dr Butt believes the Rum worms are bigger than average due to their remote, undisturbed location, with good quality soil.

Rum also lacks predators such as badgers, moles, hedgehogs and foxes which would usually gobble the worms before they had chance to grow into monsters.

Unlike most animals, which stop growing once they reach an adult size, earthworms keep on growing if left alone.

“These things have just have been left and have grown bigger and bigger,” explained Dr Butt, who has been studying earthworms for around 30 years."

Click on the link below for the full article:

A new lichen discovered on Rum!


A colleague on Rum recently discovered a new lichen for the island – Pseudocyphellaria norvegica or the Norwegian Speckle Belly to use the quirky common name! It’s a nationally scarce species.

Finding the Norwegian Speckle Belly is always exciting because it usually means you’re in a special place for a whole range of globally restricted bryophytes and lichens that thrive in our Celtic Rainforests. It is very sensitive to air pollution; one reason why it thrives in the pure air of western Scotland. The British Lichen Society consider it a key indicator that woodland has been continually present at a site for a very long time (although it will colonise more recent woodland where conditions are optimal and there is a good source of new material). Threats include being shaded out by invasive rhododendron and loss of habitat, particularly in areas where many years of high grazing pressure has prevented woodland regeneration.

Rum's Red Deer are stars again!


Rum’s red deer are on AutumnWatch again this year. See episode 2 for the spectacular fights between Sargasso, Smooth and Anemone04. Ali sent the snapped off antler down to the AutumnWatch team and Chris Packham gave a brilliant demonstration and explanation for the difference between antler bone and ordinary bone. Watch the next episodes for the night filming of the red deer shenanigans too! Photo by Sean Morris.

BBQ Bothy


The brand new BBQ Bothy is now available for hire - £50 per night for as many people as you can fit inside! The cabin sleeps 4 and can seat 20.

The barbeque is inside the hut for a warm and cosy, midge-free evening, whatever the weather.

Sleeping platforms with luxurious reindeer hides provide comfort and warmth while you wait for your sausages to cook.

Situated on the edge of the campsite, looking out over the loch near the old pier, this beautiful new cabin is a welcome addition to Rum’s accommodation.

It’s close to the toilets and showers, and only a ten minute walk from the village.

For more details call 01687 460328

You can find more photos on the BBQ Bothy Facebook page:

Green light for our Community Land Use Plan!


The Highland Council has approved an innovative Community Land Use Plan designed to reverse population decline on the Isle of Rum and attract new investment to the village of Kinloch.

Commissioned by The Isle of Rum Community Trust (IRCT), the plan has been produced by PAS following a significant amount of intense community engagement with the residents of the island and other key stakeholders such as Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), whilst working in partnership with Highland Council.

Read more in the link below:

Mallory and Rhum Plants


Mallory and Rhum Plants - two 1hour shows here on the Isle of Rum!
Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd September in the Village Hall.
£14 admission price (£7 for residents)
Mallory 7.30-8.30pm, Rhum Plants 9-10pm

New Lives in the Wild


Monday 17th August, Channel 5, 9-10pm

Ben joins Nic and Ady Goddard, who uprooted themselves and their two teenage children from a comfortable life in Worthing, West Sussex, to take up crofting on the island of Rum in the Inner Hebrides. Joining them in their caravan, Ben learns how they survive such a challenging lifestyle and helps them tend their animals, farm their vegetable patch and dig the foundations for what they hope will be their future home - a new cobb house.

Archie the Rum Pony


Exciting news that Rum pony Archie has qualified for the mountain and moorland jumping final at the Royal International Horse Show held at Hickstead later this month. This is a huge achievement that demonstrates how versatile the Rum ponies are!

British Campsites - where to camp in style


Our campsite features in a list of top places to camp in Britain, in the Independent today (link below)

Kinloch Village Campsite, Isle of Rum

One of the best parts of camping is being close to nature, and this site puts you at the heart of it. The community-run site on the shores of Loch Scresort, on the Isle of Rum, makes up for in views what it lacks in luxury. It is just a 10-minute walk from Kinloch Castle and it also has views of the hilly mainland. Basic facilities include toilets, showers, wooden shelters, taps, and picnic benches. There's no need to book, just turn up and pitch.

The Isle of Rum, Inner Hebrides, Scotland (01687 460328; Tent pitches from £6 per adult per night.

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