The adventure of visiting the Isle of Rum starts in earnest when joining the Road to the Isles from Fort William. The main ferry terminal is in Mallaig but, during the summer months there are more choices, with the Sheerwater which runs from Arisaig approx. 7 miles south of Mallaig, with other companies offering charters, see below for further details.
Google map showing the 'Road to the Isles' and the ferry route from Mallaig to Rum.
Ferries Caledonian MacBrayne
The MV Loch Nevis sails from Mallaig to Rum five times a week in Summer and four in Winter. A leisurely day trip will allow a short stop for a cup of tea and a gentle stroll while for the more adventurous there is the opportunity to stay over and enjoy some of the island’s wilderness. Have a look at the CalMac website for timetable information.
The Sheerwater runs from Arisaig on 3 days a week (summer only) offering 2-3 hrs ashore on Rum. Times are flexible as this is also a wildlife and cetacean watching cruise and the boat may be lead off at a tangent by basking sharks, dolphins or minke whales.
For information have a look at their website
Other trips, landing and non-landing, wildlife watching and scenic tours are also available from a number of different operators and locations. Among them are:
Based in Mallaig
Minch Adventures is a charter-boat concierge service based in Mallaig, serving Knoydart, Skye and the Small Isles. You can find out more on their website here.
Based on Skye
Bella Jane Boat Trips and Aquaxplore run both landing and non-landing trips to Rum and the other Small Isles, from Elgol on the Isle of Skye. They run throughout the summer months. Contact them for further information about excursions at other times of year.
Based in Knoydart
Sea Knoydart based in Knoydart is also available for charters, with their boat, the Lophelia, a covered RIB, giving you the choice of expeditions, island transfers and travel to and from Mallaig.
Bruce Watt operates the Knoydart ferry and also has a boat in Mallaig available for charters.
Based on Mull
Island Shuttle Tobermory's fast Boat Service - follow this
Rum is a popular destination for yachts as it offers relatively safe, sheltered and shallow anchorage in Loch Scresort. There are no moorings at present and access to the village is preferred via the Old Pier as it's closer to village services. The Old Pier had new safety features added in December 2011 including new ladders and handrails making it easier to use. You can also land your dinghy at the ferry terminal, but remember that it's regularly used by ferries, so make sure you are aware of their timetables. Also please note that there is no gas station on Rum.
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Services section to see what Kinloch village has to offer.
Download a Map of Kinloch Village by clicking on the picture to the left.
page updated 5th December 2016
Road to the Isles
Follow the recently upgraded A830 from Fort William to Mallaig. Cars are not permitted on Rum, unless there is a very good reason, although some residents do have their cars on the island. On entering Mallaig, there is a large car park on the left-hand side where foot passengers can leave their cars and it is a 5 minute walk from the ferry terminal.
Please note The roads in Kinloch Village on Rum are privately owned and managed by the local community. In line with the other Small Isles, visitors to Rum are not permitted to bring vehicles except under exceptional circumstances. Should you require additional vehicular support, a local buggy / taxi service runs from the pier after every ferry.
Travel along the West Highland Line, voted one of the world’s top ten rail journeys. Scotrail services run from Glasgow to Fort William and on to Mallaig, a leisurely journey through stunning scenery. The train services also link in with the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry sailings for easy transfer. Scotrail route maps, timetables and fares can be seen here.
A local bus service runs from Fort William to Mallaig see the Shiel Buses website for timetable information.
This website has further information on accommodation and sites of interest along the way, such as the Glenfinnan viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films and it is along this road that you will have your first tantalising glimpses of the Isles of Rum and Eigg.