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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.



Moth Monitoring Events - Summer 2013


Community Teashop Sundays - June 2013


Community Sunday Cafe PosterMembers of the community on Isle of Rum are running a Sunday teashop service in the village hall to raise funds for essential works needed in our Community Hall. Running from 11am to 3pm with a changing menu each week offering hot and cold drinks, sweet and savoury options.

Starting this Sunday 23rd June hosted by Nic & Ady from Croft 3 who will be offering freshly baked rolls and home made soup, quiche using their own free range eggs and a selection of cakes and biscuits.

Come and join the community for some refreshments, stop for a chat and be part of our fundraising efforts too.


Small Isles Games


Small Isles Games Poster


New Roof for Visitor Centre - June 2013


Rum’s Visitor Centre received some much needed TLC this month thanks to the sterling efforts of our volunteers Gav, Dave and Claire.  The rusted, holey tin roof has been Shiny new roof (c) Ali Morrisreplaced and the whole building looks much smarter as a result!

Visitor Centre make-over (c) Vikki TrelferThe Visitor Centre is housed in what was a boatshed in the time of the Bulloughs’ ownership of the island and it still has the original oak panelling inside.  After the island was sold to the Nature Conservancy in 1957 the building was used as a petrol store for a number of years, receiving a new lease of life as a Visitor Centre in 2009 when it was taken over by the community on Rum.

The information and displays inside are maintained by our Ranger, Mike Werndly, who is only too happy to answer your questions on the island’s flora and fauna.  Mike has an exciting programme of events running over the summer, alongside his regular weekly talks on a Tuesday and Thursday evening, the “Discover Rum” guided walk on a Wednesday, and “Where Eagles Dare” guided walk on a Friday.  Golden eagles and sea eagles are regularly spotted over the village, and the walks are on good paths at a leisurely pace.

Upcoming Ranger events this summer include:

Kid’s Biodiversity Afternoons: Friday 12th July & Monday 26th August – Energetic exploration and games with environmental education thrown in. *Kids go Free!*

Damsels & Dragons: 2nd July – delve into the unseen lives of Rum’s dragonflies and damselflies.  2hr guided walk & pond dipping fun! Suitable for all ages.

Evening Storm Petrel Excursion – 15th July – Join Ranger Mike for an evening monitoring excursion, catching and ringing these enigmatic little birds.  Booking essential.

Meet the Rum Ponies: 27th August – Join Reserve Officer Lesley Watt for an up close and personal encounter with the island’s favourite four-legged friend!  Suitable for all ages.  *Free Event!*


The Big Lunch - June 2013


Big Lunch 2013 (c) Nic Goddard

Big Lunch cakes (c) Nic GoddardOn Sunday 2nd June the Isle of Rum took part in The Big Lunch, a nationwide event which has been happening every year since 2009 where communities and neighbours get together to eat lunch all over the UK.

Our Big Lunch was well attended with adults and children, islanders and visiting relatives all joining in and bringing along food to share to the table. We had delicious soup (a regular feature on the menu at Ivy Cottage Guest House), home made bread, jam and cakes from Croft 3, delicious cheese and onion pie, Rum Nursery School had been talking about healthy lunches all week at school and brought along some yummy bread the girls had made at school.

We also had pasta, rice and some fantastic home baked sausage rolls using some of our own Rum Venison.

As well as sharing lunch together we had activities for the children and then wore some of our lunch off playing with the balloons! Thanks to all who came and contributed.


Celebrating Volunteers - May 2013


1st – 7th June is Volunteers’ Week, celebrating the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Much of what we have managed to achieve would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the many people who have contributed their time and energy to the Rum cause.  From the board of volunteer Directors which manage the affairs of the Isle of Rum Community Trust to the conservation volunteers who have helped Ranger Mike out in the wildlife garden and with the rhododendron eradication programme – and not forgetting the myriad small things people do every day to keep our community ticking over and our village lovely.

We want to say a big THANK YOU to all our volunteers over the past 12 months, with a particular shout out to the following:

Gordon, Kyle, Peter, Mike & Artur for their rhodie-bashing efforts;

Chris for helping to tame the wildlife garden;

Kinloch Castle Friends Association - especially Catherine, Mairi, David, Ewan, and Andrew - for their help erecting the community polytunnel;

Ali and Jinty for managing the kabins so efficiently;

George Logan for his endlessly patient help with the website.


Mike the Ranger can always use an extra pair of hands in the wildlife garden or community woodland – if you’re planning a visit to Rum and want to do something practical while you’re here, drop him an email to see if he can put you to work somewhere:


Rum's new 'Mountain Man' - April 2013


Rum (c) Gav CoplandWe're pleased to welcome our newest residents and third set of crofters Gav and Laura Copland here to Rum. After getting stuck in to digging ditches and getting to know his new croft Gav is now ready to launch his Mountain Leader guided walks. Taking you  to the summits of Hallival, Askival and the further summits of the island, which command amazing views over the Small Isles, Skye and the mainland. All levels of experience can be catered for, from beginners to seasoned mountaineers.

Coming soon Gav also intends introducing 4x4 Safari trips over to Kilmory and Harris for a chance to see the Red Deer, Golden and White Tailed Eagles, the Rum ponies and the historical and geological sights of the island beyond the village. Special tours on a Wednesday and Saturday to fit between ferry sailings. For more info and to see what many visitors miss on a trip to Rum, search for Brocholme Croft on Facebook or email Gav at

Community Beach Clean - April 2013


Harris Beach Clean (c) Nic GoddardOn Saturday 20th April, the Rum Community got together for a beach clean over at Harris. This is the first year that we have tackled this beach as we usually conduct our clean up at Kilmory and we knew we had set ourselves a challenge. However, with our thoughts tuned into the task and the lure of a lunchtime barbeque we set to it.

Despite it being a blustery day, everyone quickly piled up huge mounds of plastic rubbish.  Unfortunately, no treasures were found, just more and more plastic bottles and rope, broken fish boxes and oddly enough, many toothbrushes.

With black bags and bulk bags overflowing, the task began of getting everything up to the trailer waiting at Harris Lodge and our thoughts turned to a grand lunch of sausages, venison burgers and freshly caught fish. Yum-oh.

In the end we collected 10 bulk bags of rubbish in a few hours from just one small section of Harris beach.  There is a lot more to go, but we can at least enjoy one rubbish free area - until the next storm.

A really big thank you to everyone who participated, the Council for contributing bags and gloves and SNH for providing the barbeques.


Photo Competition Winners - April 2013


Well done to all of our photo competition winners and many thanks to our judge John Aitchison, who said “there are some really lovely pictures which truly reflect the many Bringing home the stag (c) Jurgen Bornhauptmoods of Rum, and congratulations to all the photographers - especially the winners.”  The best 4 pictures from each category including our overall winner will be featured in our Isle of Rum calendar for 2014, with proceeds being ploughed back in to good causes in our community.

We love to see Rum through the eyes (or lens!) of others, and to know that so many people share our enthusiasm for this wonderful island.  The quality of the entries was excellent, with a good mix of striking landscapes and wildlife.  Our very photogenic ponies featured in many of the pictures!  Here are the results:


Overall winner

Bringing Home the Stag Jurgen Bornhaupt  
(Wildlife, Flora & Fauna category)

Natural LandscapesBlack Cuillin from Rum (c) D&E BairdLoch Papadil (c) Sarah MoffatAncient Volcanoes (c) Sarah MoffatMountains (c) Phil Lyon

1st: Sarah Moffat, Ancient Volcanoes
2nd Phil Lyon, Mountains
3rd: Loch Papadil, Sarah Moffat
4th: David & Evelyn Baird, Black Cuillin in Skye

Historic Landscapes

1st: Graham Bullough, Mausoleum & RainbowRum Ponies and Castle (c) Vanessa BlowerFlower and Castle (c) J&A WhalleyMausoleum (c) Gaie BrownMausoleum and rainbow (c) Graham Bullough
2nd: Gaie Brown, Mausoleum 
3rd: John & Alison Whalley, Flower & Castle
4th: Vanessa Blower: Ponies in front of castle 

Wildlife, Flora & Fauna

1st: Vanessa Blower, Pony Eye
2nd: Gerald Lincoln, George McNaughton’s Favourite Pony 
3rd: Gerald Lincoln, Nature’s Rock GardenGeorge McNaughton's favourite pony 1968 (c) Gerald LincolnRock Garden (c) Gerald LincolnRum Pony Eye (c) Vanessa Blower




Many thanks to all who took part, and we’re sorry that not all of you could win a prize.


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