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RUM Talks & History of Science Lectures, 2018


This year, in addition to the usual Ranger Talk on the Isle of Rum, the Community Ranger Service is providing an expanded range of talks on diverse subjects throughout the season.

All talks take place in the Village Hall (but can be moved to the Bunkhouse on request) and cost £5 per adult and £2 per child (under 5s free)
Talks can be repeated (or given) on request if you’re not here on the right day.
Contact for more details.

Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust visit, January 2018


This week, we had a wonderful visit and evening talk from Karl and Siobhan of the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust (HWDT). They are the officers involved in setting up an exciting new network throughout the Hebrides.

The “Hebridean Whale Trail” is a planned network of 25 whale-watching sites to be created around Scotland’s west coast. 24 species of whales and dolphins have been recorded in the waters of the Hebrides.

“Western Scotland’s seas are one of Europe’s most important habitats for cetaceans and one of the UK’s most biologically productive areas”


The exact sites have yet to be decided upon, but the Isle of Rum is highly likely to be one of them. The project will be officially launched at Easter this year, and is expected to take two years to complete.

Watch this space for more details, as and when we get them!

The Off-Season Delights of Rum


Rum has much to offer in the winter as well as the summer: we are midge-free from October to May. Red deer stags are often seen around the village,

only disappearing briefly for the rut from September to November.

Seals, Otters and feral Goats are seen closer to the village from November to April, possibly due to there being fewer people about.

Golden and White-tailed eagles, Oystercatchers, Curlews, Red breasted Mergansers and Eider ducks are here all year; and you may spot some Great northern divers feeding in the bay during the winter. You may also see winter flocks of Redwings around the village and flocks of Twite and Snow buntings further up the glens.

Ranger wildlife walks, talks and wild food foraging expeditions are available all year round. You can forage for plants and seafood; learn about the history of Rum; visit croft ruins and ancient graves; sample local food and crafts; go fishing and hire (or bring) bicycles for a cycle ride to see Rum’s breathtaking beaches.

Rum Bunkhouse is always warm and welcoming – centrally heated with an eco-friendly wood pellet boiler – and in the common room you can also light the woodburner to thaw out cold feet after a bracing walk. To be honest, it doesn't get terribly cold here anyway: the surrounding seas give the Western Isles a very mild climate. Temperatures rarely drop below freezing, and it's often a comfortable 6C on Rum, while the mainland gasps at -4! 

The bunkhouse has room for 20 people if you want to organise a group visit for a special occasion: Christmas, Hogmanay, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Reunions…

“….the [bunkhouse] construction is imaginative; the location is inspirational…”

John Humphries

Scottish Islands Explorer

“With all the beauty, history and nature to explore and take in, the Isle of Rum will hopefully be on your list to visit very soon.”

Marc Pickering

Visit Scotland Ambassador

Here are some shortcuts for more details: 

Rum Bunkhouse

Isle of Rum Ranger Service

Ivy Cottage (Bicycle hire & B&B)

Isle of Rum Teashop

50 Pairs? Seriously, Guardian Online, seriously??


Someone is wrong on the Internet!

Grateful though we always are for free publicity, we prefer the details to be correct! On Thursday 19th October, 2017, we were listed as No. 5 in the Guardian Online's 'Five of the UK's best birdwatching sites'.

Brilliant, wonderful, marvellous, fabulous etc etc to be included - BUT the article states that we have 50 breeding pairs of white-tailed sea eagles on Rum, along with golden eagles too!

Guess how many we really have. 30? No. 20? No. 10? No. 5? No. 

The real number is 2. Rum has 2 pairs of breeding sea eagles. Actually, it's really 1 and a half, because we share a pair with the Isle of Canna!

So, if you are making plans to come and dive into our sea of sea eagles, please be aware that it's more of a puddle.

To read the Guardian's article click on this: 50 PAIRS?

Have You Been to the Isle of Rum?


Coire Dubh

Have a read of this lovely article by Marc from Visit Scotland, who was here in the last weekend of September, 2017. 

Some gorgeous photos go with it! 

Click on the photo, right, and it will take you to the article.

Scotland the Beautiful, as well as Brave!


Scotland has been voted the most beautiful country in the world by readers of the Rough Guide travel books.

The Rum Rut Walk, 2017


The Rut Walk on 30th September this year is now fully booked, but there are still spaces left on the 7th October walk. Email the ranger on for more details and to make a booking.

Hen Harrier Weekend! Talk & Walk, Sunday 6th August


Meet the Locals! Saturday 29th July


Meet the Locals!

Manx Shearwaters on the Isle of Rum NNR

A Night-time Adventure, Saturday 29 July 2017, 2000 – 0100

A trip to the Manx Shearwater breeding grounds under cover of darkness is a truly amazing wildlife experience.

Get up close to the noise, smell and activity, as tens of thousands of Manx Shearwaters make their return to their nesting burrows.

Join SNH staff on this special guided walk into the Rum Cuillin to discover more about this remarkable sea bird.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

Booking Essential: to book, or for more information, contact:

01687 462026

Buzzfeed "Subterranean tunnels on Rum"


If you have seen the Buzzfeed listing "19 Life-changing Wild Adventures Everyone Must Try in Scotland", Rum is listed at No.5 : "Subterranean tunnels on Rum"

Please be aware, that Rum's Community Ranger is NOT able to tell you "safe spots to explore" - Rum is very wild, and the weather can be unforgiving. Even spots considered safe, can become unsafe very quickly if bad weather sets in. 

The Coastguard helicopter has come out to Rum to rescue hillwalkers twice already this year.

Caves Bay is very beautiful and accessible by a rough trail overland, but the majority of the caves around Rum's coastline are only accessible by kayak.

If you want to visit any of the caves, you must do so at your own risk. Rum's Community Ranger, and the Community itself, cannot be held responsible for accidents or injuries.

Here is the link to the Buzzfeed listing. 

Be safe!

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