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Second annual Blasda feast - September 2013


Rum Blasda

Blasda is gaelic for 'sweet and tasty' and that is certainly what our second annual Blasda festival here on the isle of Rum was. A bring and share communal lunch attended by guests and members of the community making full use of the wild and foraged food from Rum, delicious Rum Venison, free range eggs from our crofters, a whole medley of fruit, vegetables, salad and herbs from the gardeners and green fingered residents here and plenty of demonstrations of the cooking, baking and culinary skills here on the island. We enjoyed three courses of fine food followed by some rousing music by visiting musicians which gave the younger members of the community the chance to dance and work some of their lunch off! A fabulous afternoon much enjoyed by all and donations from those not supplying food will be added to our Hall Roof fund.

Red Deer Rut Walks Advert - September 2013


Red Deer Rut Walk Poster

Shearwater Play and Workshop Advert - September 2013


Manx Shearwater Expedition Advert - August 2013


Screen Machine Visit - July 2013


Screen Machine on Rum Pier (c) Vikki Trelfer

Rum residents and visitors were entertained last month by the first ever visit of the Screen Machine, the mobile cinema which tours the Highlands. There was great excitement as the truck rolled off the ferry and parked up at the top of the pier, then smoothly extended its sides to create a roomy cinema complete with tiered seating and surround sound. Two films were shown; the animation Epic and The Great Gatsby – some residents went along to both showings. Well, who knows when we’ll next get the chance? The Great Gatsby was an apt choice for an island which used to be the playground of an eccentric millionaire notorious for throwing lavish parties! Everyone felt a bit disoriented as we stepped out of 1920's New York to discover that we were, in fact, still on Rum. Wending our way home in the twilight there was a sense of disappointment that the party was over and that perhaps Kinloch Castle could host an aftershow party complete with chandeliers, champagne fountains and fireworks to top the night off. Unfortunately this wasn’t possible. We look forward to the Screen Machine’s return, and to Baz Luhrman’s “George’s Folly”, a sumptuous telling of the tale of one man’s dream of a big pink castle on a wild island!

Midge Fest - 27th July 2013


Midgefest poster (c) Mike Werndly

Small Isles Games Success - July 2013


Small Isles Games (c) Nic GoddardA fabulous weekend for us as Rum hosted the Small Isles Games for 2013. The weather could not have been better with sunshine and enough 3-legged Race Small Isles Games (c) Nic Goddardbreeze to keep the midges at bay.  The smell of venison burgers and the sounds of sausgaes sizzling on the barbecue (not to mention the unmistakable noise of cans cracking open) all against the twin backdrop of Kinlock castle and Loch Scresort made the perfect setting.

First game was the Hill Race – the North Side Nature Trail with a short cut across Croft 3 and a choice of ‘short but wet’ through the river or ‘dry but long’ following the path. A great start for Rum with Marcel taking second place for the men, Kez – who is such a frequent Rum visitor she almost counts as a resident – first for the women and Scarlett coming in second for the kids.  Well done to all Rumachs who ran – Ranger Mike, Sean, Gav, Ian and Davies – we’re proud of you all!

Meanwhile the wee kids races began with laddies, lassies and egg and tatties for the little ‘uns.  Alongside this plenty of adults were trying their hand at axe throwing – a very theraputic if slightly dangerous challenge! Mel had the first aid kit on hand just in case but realistically a helicopter ride and a prosthetic limb would have been more the order of the day if it had gone wrong! 

Wellies were wanged, shot was put, legs went running in triplicate and there was many a  tattie turned into mash underfoot as the games continued through the afternoon.  Much discussion on the best welly technique with lots of people managing height without length and some going very off course into the crowd!

Rum tug o'war team (c) Nic GoddardThe true games are won of course with the Tug of War and Team Rum proved unbeatable – we won every pull! Rope burns, bruises and trodden toes a-plenty we may have come in third overall but our victory as a tugging team will have us glowing til the games next year!  

Well done to Muck who were the overall Games winners of 2013Lawrence McEwen victorious with the Games trophy (c) Nic Goddard

The day was topped off with a fab ceilidh and sell-out venison stew at the hall and continued well into daylight hours the next day.  Just in time for Brekka Fest to begin serving up breakfast rolls merging into Sunday Community Teashop  which had the most impressive menu yet.

Massive thanks and well done to everyone who organised, planned, set up, masterminded, barbecued, Brekkafested, served drinks, collected money and otherwise made the day happen. A day to be proud of Rum and our residents.


Visitor Survey - July 2013


Sunset (c) Ali MorrisWe are carrying out a Visitor Survey to find out what you think is great or could be improved about Rum as a visitor destination.  If you’ve been to the island this year but didn’t fill out our paper questionnaire, check out our online version HERE

Leave your details at the end if you’d like to be entered into the Prize Draw to win a box of Rum goodies!




Small Isles Games - July 2013


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Community Bunkhouse Project Takes a Step Forward! - July 2013


Community aspirations to provide visitor accommodation have taken a step forward with the appointment of a design team for the community bunkhouse project.  The team will be BIG lottery logoled by the architect Scott Donald, of Kearney Donald Partnership in Fort William, with John Strachan of Samuel & Partners as QS, David Muir of Fairhurst Structural & Civil Engineers and Gregor Campbell of CDMM (UK) Ltd.  Scott Donald says: “we are very excited to be working on this project.  As a Lochaber firm it’s important for us to work with communities in the wider Lochaber area, and it’s great to have the opportunity to work in such a spectacular place.”

Bunk House Floor PlanThe main funder of the project is the Big Lottery Fund, with an application to Highlands & Islands Enterprise pending, and an open scoring process was followed to select the design team based on quality as well as price.  The group has been able to draw on support and advice from other island communities who have gone through a similar process on Muck, Coll and Harris.  The Trust’s Development Officer, Vikki Trelfer, says “as a group we’ve learned a lot already, and everyone we’ve spoken to has been so helpful and positive.  Maybe one day we’ll be the ones that people come to for advice!” 

Click on the image to see the plans in detail.

The bunkhouse will accommodate 20 people in a mixture of 6-bed and 4-bed dorms, with one private twin room.  The Isle of Rum Community Trust is aiming for it to be complete by April 2014.

The majority of visitor accommodation is currently provided by Scottish Natural Heritage in the hostel adjacent to Kinloch Castle; there is also one B&B, self-catering accommodation, and the community-run campsite and camping pods.



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