The Isle of Rum is the real jewel of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, diamond in shape and diamond by nature. With amazing wildlife, an eccentric castle, walks to suit all levels, beautiful beaches and stunning scenery, our island has it all.
With just a short ferry journey from either Arisaig or Mallaig you can be here experiencing the Isle of Rum for yourself. You can come for a few hours between ferry stops; soak up the atmosphere of our village, visit Kinloch Castle, the craft shop and still have time for a bite to eat in the Village Hall teashop before departure.
Or, why not stay for longer and really get to the heart of our island. For accommodation, we have the Village Campsite and Camping Cabins, Ivy Cottage Guest House and the Castle Hostel, run by Scottish Natural Heritage. Out in the far flung reaches of the island there are two mountain bothies.
We also have a well-stocked shop for all your provisions.
For the adventurous there is no limit to the walking on Rum, taking in the stunning mountain and coastal scenery, spectacular wildlife including eagles, shearwaters, red deer and the hardy Rum ponies.
Rum’s unique geology tells an amazing story, with the core of an ancient volcano forming the ‘Rum cuillins’ you see today. In addition, Rum is an important natural heritage site, designated as a National Nature Reserve in 1957, now managed by Scottish Natural Heritage.
The Isle of Rum is part of the Small Isles National Scenic Area, a Special Protection Area for Birds, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation. The island also has 17 nationally important ancient monument sites, so you can see why it is such a special place.
Alongside the wonders of the natural environment, Rum’s community is undergoing a period of change. 2009 and 2010 saw the phased transfer of land and assets in and around Kinloch Village from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to Isle of Rum Community Trust ownership. This is giving the community and individuals control over their own destinies and creating unique, exciting opportunities for locals and people who would like to come and live here.
So if you come to Rum for a day, a week or forever, there's