For enquiries about Kinloch Castle, please follow this link to the Hostel Reception contact detail.
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.
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 16th January 2015
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
Isle of Rum, PH43 4RR, UK
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.
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?
A. 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.
Q. 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. 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.
Q. 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.
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?
A. 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.
Q. 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’?
A. 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.
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.
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