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Isle of Rum Community Trust and the Community Ranger

IRCT LogoFor enquiries about the community trust, crofts, village land and building plots, the village campsite or other general questions about Rum, please feel free to contact us

Development Officer - Steve Robertson - development@isleofrum.com
Company Secretary and Administrator (Part Time) - Fliss Fraser - info@isleofrum.com
Community Ranger  - Trudi Clarke - ranger@isleofrum.com

Isle of Rum Community Trust Office
Isle of Rum, PH43 4RR, UK

For enquiries about the Isle of Rum Community Trust, contact: info@isleofrum.com
Or call 01687 462404 during office hours: 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday

For enquiries about volunteering with the Trust, please contact volunteering@isleofrum.com

For enquiries about Kinloch Castle, please follow this link to the Hostel Reception contact detail.

About Us

The Isle of Rum Community Trust is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status, established in 2007. Follow this link to the recent history page where the main aims of the trust and its origin are explained in detail. The trust is made up of a board of directors from both on and off island and from a range of different backgrounds. These individuals all volunteer their time and expertise to the benefit of the community.

On-island directors:

Abigail Dudgeon
Alison Morris 
Lesley Watt 
Nicola Goddard

Off-island directors:

Allan Henderson (Chairman)
Charlie King

Useful Links and Documents

Isle of Rum Community Trust Memorandum and Articles

IRCT and SNH Visitor Management Plan Report 2011

Village Centre and Byre Planning for Real Report 2011

IRCT Croft Policy

IRCT Housing Plots Policy

Join the 'Friends Of Rum'

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:

  • Receive 2 newsletters per year with updates on what we’ve been doing
  • Get a 10% discount on IRCT accommodation at the campsite and the Camping Kabins
  • 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

Annual subscriptions are £10 for an individual or £20 for a family. Download a membership form HERE. Simply send a cheque made payable to Isle of Rum Community Trust with the completed form or you can contact the Office if you would like to pay by standing order. We prefer to send communications by email, so please indicate if you would prefer to receive updates by post – remember to tell us if the subscription is a gift for someone else!

Page updated 17th January 2013

Scottish Natural Heritage - Reserve Office

The SNH Reserve Office is located in the White House which is at the road junction next to the wooden information shelter about a 10 minute walk from the ferry terminal.

Please contact us if you have any enquiries about the Rum National Nature Reserve.

SNH Rum Reserve Manager – Mike Ingram
SNH Reserve Office
The Whitehouse
Isle of Rum, PH43 4RR, UK

Telephone: 01687 462026
Email: nnr@snh.gov.uk
Website: www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/rum/
Office hours are 9am – 5pm Mondays to Thursdays and Friday 9am – 12noon

Useful SNH Rum downloads from www.snh.gov.uk

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Rum Shop and Post Office

Post Office Logo

The village shop and Post Office is located in the Village Hall - about a 25 minute walk from the ferry terminal. Please check noticeboard for the shop and Post Office opening times as these change depending on the time of year.
 
Follow this link to the Post Office and Shop page.Chip and PIN logo
Follow this link to the Shop Order Form
 
Rum Shop / Rum Post Office
Isle of Rum, PH43 4RR, UK
 
 
Shopkeeper  / Postmistress – Jinty Crocket
Phone: 01687 460 328
Email: rumshop@isleofrum.com
 

 

Page updated 15th March 2012

FAQ's

Q. Do you need permission to visit Rum?

A. No, there are no access restrictions on Rum anymore so you can visit Rum and walk to any part of the island at any time of year. Notices of deer stalking are posted in the village so you will be aware of these activities and it is recommended that you do not get too close to rutting stags (around October). See www.outdooraccess-scotland.com for info about your rights and responsibilities.

Q. How long does it take to walk from the ferry terminal to the places in the village?

A. From the ferry terminal, it’s about a 10 minute walk to the Visitor Centre, toilets and village campsite, then a further 10 minute walk to Kinloch Castle and a further 5 minutes to the Village Hall - where the village shop, Post Office, Teashop and toilets are located. The village road is only about 1 mile long and is a mainly flat, unsealed surface. Here is a PDF map of the village that you can download and print - Map of Kinloch Village

Q. Where are the public toilets on Rum?

A. There are public toilets at the Village Campsite which is near the Old Pier and Visitor Centre. These are a 10 minute walk from the ferry terminal. There are also toilets in the Village Hall. There is also a composting toilet at the ferry terminal.

Q. Can I take my car to Rum?

Old car on the shore (c) George LoganA. No. The roads are privately owned by the Isle of Rum Community Trust and you need a good reason and a special car permit. Please contact the SNH Reserve Office for more info about car permits. The roads are unsuitable for anything less than a 4X4 and the speed limit is 15 miles per hour. People generally leave their cars parked at Mallaig or Arisaig while they visit Rum. Campervans are not permitted.

Q. Can I take my bicycle to Rum?

A. Yes! Rum is a good place for bicycles and they are carried free on the ferries. Please see our Cycling section for some suggested routes. And we also have bikes available for hire.

Cycling to Rum? (c) Georgina McMillanQ. Are there internet facilities on Rum?

A. Public internet is provided in the hall for which we ask a small contribution of £1 per half hour. Broadband on Rum is not provided through the telephone lines as the BT exchange on Rum does not have suitable equipment. The internet on the Small Isles and a few other remote locations in the area are provided by a community interest company called Hebnet CIC which beams the internet from island to island and the mainland through a network of wireless masts. Most of these masts have been installed by the local communities on each of the island sites.

Q. Will I get any mobile phone reception?

A. There is limited reception on Rum. Most people can get a small signal standing outside the front of the Kinloch Castle or at the shop or ferry terminal. Sometimes walkers can get a signal from the tops of hills but don't rely on it!

Q. Are dogs allowed on Rum?A happy dog on Rum (c) Georgina McMillan

A. Yes, although you must keep your dog under control at all times and make sure they do not worry livestock or ground nesting birds. Please pick up your doggie doody as well - the village shop sells doody bags.
See www.outdooraccess-scotland.com for info about your rights and responsibilities.

Q. What is the weather like and which are the best months to visit?

A. May and June tend to have more sunny calm weather than the rest of the year. June, July and August are also fairly warm but with more possibility of wind and rain. Have a look at this weeks weather forecast on the Met Office site here.

Q. Can I see eagles?

A. Nest locations of these protected birds are secret but it is possible to see golden and white-tailed sea eagles in flight over Rum especially on warm sunny days when they like to ride the up-drafts.

Q. Is there a shop?

A. Yes, there is a small but very well stocked shop in the village called Rum Stores. It sells a wide range of items including bread, milk, veggies, fruit, eggs, meat, toiletries, batteries, alcohol, and several kinds of midge repellent. There is also a Craft Shop selling locally made goods. Check out the Services pages for more info.

Q. Is there an ATM on Rum?

A. There aren't any ATMs on Rum - but there are some in Arisaig and Mallaig. You can get cash withdrawals at the Rum Post Office but please note that only certain types of cards are accepted in Post Offices - so please check with your local Post Office to see if your card will be accepted here too.

Ranger walk (c) George LoganQ. Are there guided walks?

A. Yes, the community ranger has a programme of activities and you can check it out on the ranger pages in the Wildlife section. Also, now Gav at Brocholme Croft runs Guided Walks to suit your needs. Follow this link for more information.

Q. How many people live on Rum?

A. The population of Rum is about 40 although it can fluctuate with seasonal workers.

Q. Is everyone on Rum Scottish?

A. No. There is a mix of people from the UK and other countries with a fairly high turnover of people. The longest resident has lived here for over 20 years.

Q. Do people live on Rum all year round?

Winter on Rum (c) Georgina McMillanA. Yes, most of the residents live on Rum all year although there is a small number of seasonal staff and volunteers.

Q. What do people do in winter?

A. Much of the same. Deer stalking takes place from July to February. There is usually maintenance work carried out over winter so there are visiting contractors to take care of. Winter is also a good time to catch up on paperwork, projects and craft making.

Q. Is there a school?

A. Yes, there is a school and nursery although there are currently only a couple of students. High school age students go to Mallaig high school and come home every second weekend. Here is a link to the Rum Primary School's own website.

Q. Does everyone live in Kinloch Village or are there other villages on Rum?

A. Everyone lives in Kinloch Village except one hardy soul who lives at Kilmory working on the red deer research project. There used to be other settlements on the island years ago – see the Heritage link for further information about Rum's past.

Rum Dam intake (c) www.geograph.co.ukQ. Where does the electricity on Rum come from?

A. Rum is not connected to the National Grid and all the electricity is generated on the island mostly from hydroelectricity turbines with diesel backup.There are two turbines of 30 and 15kw generating capacity.There is also a battery inverter system which can store power for use at peak times and also reduces diesel usage during periods when the hydro turbines are unavailable.The power generation is now mostly controlled by computers which are able to efficiently manage the hydro turbines to maximise green electricity production even at low water levels and in 2013 over 90% of all the electricity on Rum was generated by the hydro turbines.The amount of power available is limited and the use of too many high powered items at one time can overload the system and cause a blackout.Therefore the use of high powered devices such as electric cookers, heaters and power showers is discouraged.

Q. Where does the drinking water in the village come from?

A. Rum gets plenty of rainfall and the water system is fed from the same water intake as the hydro electric scheme. All the water supply in the village first gets chlorinated before being piped to buildings. This ensures that the water pipes stay clean and free from nasties such as E. Coli and the Highland Council tests our tap water regulary to make sure it's safe to drink.

Q. How bad are the ‘Midges’?

Midge net (c) George LoganA. Rum midges are notorious for being some of the worst on the west coast, so take suitable precautions. The village shop sells midge head nets/jackets, a range of different insect repellents, mosquito coils and incense sticks. Midges usually start to appear at the beginning of June and disappear with the first frosts around October. They don’t come out when it’s windy and if you walk at a brisk pace, you will be too fast for them. For more information see www.midgeforecast.co.uk

Q. What else?

A. BE PREPARED! Rum, while wonderful can have savage weather (so have suitable clothing and footwear); does have very rough roads (even within Kinloch they aren’t that great – take note child buggy pushers); in season midges aren’t a joke so take precautions; rough weather can cancel the ferry for days, perhaps great but slightly inconvenient if stuck on the island, very disappointing if trying to get there.

Page updated 14th January 2014

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Further Reading

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Small IslesPDF Downloadable Booklets / Leaflets / Online Resources

Please note that some of these downloads are fairly large so may take a while to download

Rum National Nature Reserve (NNR)

Visit Rum NNR/Tadhail Rum Tèarmann Nàdair Nàiseanta 2011 SNH leaflet
Rum Natures Island 2007 SNH booklet and visitor guide
The Reserve Plan for Rum National Nature Reserve 2010-2016 2010 SNH detailed plan for Rum NNR
The Story of Rum National Nature Reserve 2009 SNH detailed history of Rum NNR

Kinloch Castle

Kinloch Castle 1999 SNH and RCAHMS booklet and visitor guide
Labels for Thirty-three oil paintings in Kinloch Castle - written and researched by George W. Randall (2012) - as written for the Public Catalogue Foundation - coming soon

Geology

Lochaber Geopark - website with info about Rum and Lochaber's geology

Archaeology

"Rhum - Mesolithic and later sites at Kinloch excavations 1984-86" - online report by CR Wickham-Jones
Archaeology Development Plan for the Small Isles: Canna, Eigg, Muck, Rum 2005 - Highland Archaeology Services Ltd

History

The Population of the Isle of Rum between 1841 and 1891 - Alexander Gordon Wood - First published in the Kinloch Castle Friends Association Newsletter No 11 December 2000
1901 Census for Rum and the 1911 Census for Rum - transcribed by Catherine Duckworth - from the Kinloch Castle Friends Association website.

Birds

Isle of Rum Birds IRCT and SNH leaflet
Manx Shearwaters SNH leaflet
Golden Eagles SNH leaflet
Sea Eagles SNH booklet
The Birds of Rum Species List - over 200 species! - compiled from "Checklist of the Birds of Rhum" by J Love for NCC 1984 and updated by S Morris 2011

Insects

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Small Isles SNH, British Dragonfly Society, Inverness Field Club and the Highland Biological Recording Group leaflet
Dragonflies and Damselflies SNH online resource
Butterflies SNH booklet
All about Midges - SNH fun facts and worksheet

Sealife

Kinloch Castle SNH BookletWhales, Dolphins and Porpoises SNH booklet
Seals SNH booklet
Kelp Forests SNH booklet
Basking Shark Hotspots - SNH leaflet which includes a great hotspot near Rum and Canna
Maerl Beds - SNH leaflet about a fragile coral-like seaweed habitat which occurs very close to Rum

Plants

Mosses and Liverworts SNH booklet
Lichens SNH booklet
Fungi SNH booklet
Boglands SNH booklet
The Flowering Plants of Rum Species List (compiled by Ali Morris from "The Flora of Rum")
The Conifers of Rum Species List compiled by Ali Morris from "The Flora of Rum")
The Ferns of Rum Species List (compiled by Ali Morris from "The Flora of Rum")
The Stoneworts, Liverworts, Mosses, Clubmosses, Quilworts and Horsetails of Rum Species Lists compiled by Ali Morris from "The Flora of Rum")
SNH Commissioned Report, Review: Isle of Rum: vegetation history and landscape change 1997
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Books

If there is a book that you think should be featured here, please contact the IRCT office. Download the Rum Reading List pdf HERE

"Bare Feet and Tackety Boots: A boyhood on the Isle of Rum" - Archie Cameron (Available at the Craft Shop)

"Rum: A Landscape without Figures" - John A Love

"Rum: Nature's Island" - Magnus Magnusson

"Eccentric Wealth: The Bulloughs of Rum" - Alistair Scott (Available at Rum Shop)

"Aspects of Accrington Discovering Local History" - Eds Susan Halstead and Catherine Duckworth

"Walking on Rum and the Small Isles" - Peter Edwards

"The Small Isles: Canna, Rum, Eigg and Muck" - Denis Rixson

"The Flora of Rum" - Pearman, DA. Preston, CD. Rothero, GP. Walker, JP

"Rhum: The Natural History of an Island" - T.H. Clutton-Brock

OS Landranger Map 1:50,000 Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna Sheet 39

OS Explorer Map 1:25,000 Rum, Muck, Canna and Sanday Sheet 397

"Destination Rum" - W.R. Mitchell

"Rhum - Mesolithic and later sites at Kinloch Excavations 1984 - 86" - C.R. Wickham-Jones

"A Rum Affair: A True Story of Botannical Fraud" - Karl Sabbagh

"Geological Excursion Guide to Rum: The Paleocene Igneous Rocks of the Isle of Rum, Inner Hebrides" - C.E. Emeleus

"Dibidil: A Hebridean Adventure" - Irvine Butterfield

"The Island of Rhum: A Guide for Walkers, Climbers and Visitors" - Hamish M. Brown (1988)

"Hebridean Island Hopping: A Guide for the Independent Traveller" - Martin Coventry

"Macc and Other Islands" - Graham Wilson

"The Scottish Islands" - Hamish Haswell-Smith

"The Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide" - Mary Miers

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page updated 4th August 2013

Links

Travel Links

Ferry from Mallaig - see the 'Small Isles' Timetable on the Calmac Website

Ferry from Arisaig - see the Arisaig Marine website

Boat trips that visit Rum from Skye - Bellajane Boat Trips, Seafari and Aquaxplore

Boat charter and inter-island shuttle, based on Mull Island Shuttle service

Boat trips from Elgol, Skye. Skye Boat trips

Boats to Charter - great if you have a bigger group or want to travel outside the ferry times: Seaknoydart, Bruce Watt Sea Cruises, and Eigg Boat Trips

Train Info - The Trainline website All trains go via Fort William and there are stations at Mallaig and Arisaig

Scottish bus service - Citylink - get a bus to Fort William then a train to Arisaig or Mallaig

Visit Scotland - Scotland's national tourism organisation

Road to the Isles - a useful website with lots of links for accommodation and services from Fort William to Mallaig

Isle of Eigg

Isle of Muck

Isle of Canna - Canna is a great place to go for a day trip from Rum as the ferry links are ideal

Knoydart

Isle of Skye

Mallaig

Arisaig

Fort William

Schools Hebridean Society

Other Useful Links

Kinloch Castle Friends Association Volunteer group that was formed to help preserve Kinloch Castle

Rum Crafts - Rum craft shop online

Edinburgh University Red Deer Project at Kilmory, Isle of Rum

Brochome Croft, guided walks and 4x4 safaris http://www.brocholme.com/

Tattie House Blog - follows Rum residents' progress in their rennovation of the 'Tattie House'

Wondering Wanderers Blog - follow our crofting family adventures since their arrival on Rum in 2012

Produce and services available from Croft 3 http://www.croft3.co.uk

Twitter about Rum - @isleofrum

Rum Ranger on Twitter - @rumranger

Rum Wikipedia entry

Westword - Local monthly paper for the Small Isles, Mallaig, Arisaig, Morar and surrounds

Lochaber Geopark - Website with information about Rum and Lochaber's geology

Mountain Bothies Association

Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - RSPB

Scottish Natural Heritage - SNH

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

Historic Scotland

Tobar an Dualchais - An online catalogue of Scots and Gaelic recordings - including many contributions from the Canna House collections

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) - search this website to see the ancient and historical monuments on and around Rum

Met Office Mallaig Weather Forecast

XC Great Britain Weather Forecast

Admiralty 7 day tide prediction for Rum

Dutch website for travel infomation in Scotland

Rum Photo Galleries

Here are links to people's own online photo galleries and videos. Please contact the IRCT office if you would like to add your own Rum gallery link

Flickr group called 'Isle of Rum' that has started showcasing images of Rum Here. Many excellent landscape images

Have a look at this gallery by George Logan after his trip to Rum in October 2011.

Follow this link to Laurie Campbell's website.

YouTube video about Rum - In April 2010 six wildlife and media students form the University of Cumbria headed off to the Isle of Rum for ten days of Sunshine and Wildlife Filming. This film was submitted as part of their Expedition Planning Module at the University of Cumbria.

Web design and Photography

The Isle of Rum website was designed by: SilveryTay / George Logan - Scottish Photography
The website upgrade was facilitated by the volunteer website steering group from Rum
All photographs are copyrighted and this will be shown when hovered over with your mouse.
The photographs used in our rolling header section are copyright of: Ian Bolas, Martyn Baker, Laurie Campbell, George Logan, Georgina McMillan and Sean Morris.
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