Ben joins Nic and Ady Goddard, who uprooted themselves and their two teenage children from a comfortable life in Worthing, West Sussex, to take up crofting on the island of Rum in the Inner Hebrides. Joining them in their caravan, Ben learns how they survive such a challenging lifestyle and helps them tend their animals, farm their vegetable patch and dig the foundations for what they hope will be their future home - a new cobb house.
Exciting news that Rum pony Archie has qualified for the mountain and moorland jumping final at the Royal International Horse Show held at Hickstead later this month. This is a huge achievement that demonstrates how versatile the Rum ponies are!
Our campsite features in a list of top places to camp in Britain, in the Independent today (link below)
Kinloch Village Campsite, Isle of Rum
One of the best parts of camping is being close to nature, and this site puts you at the heart of it. The community-run site on the shores of Loch Scresort, on the Isle of Rum, makes up for in views what it lacks in luxury. It is just a 10-minute walk from Kinloch Castle and it also has views of the hilly mainland. Basic facilities include toilets, showers, wooden shelters, taps, and picnic benches. There's no need to book, just turn up and pitch.
The Isle of Rum, Inner Hebrides, Scotland (01687 460328; isleofrum.com). Tent pitches from £6 per adult per night.
5 Star and ThreeWeeks Editors' Award winner 2012, accomplished Scottish fiddler singer/song writer Elsa Jean McTaggart presents her new double bill show.
Part One will feature Elsa Jean McTaggart’s original music show with songs on the guitar and lively gigs reels and hornpipes on the fiddle, box and whistle with brief stories in between explaining the songs and painting a picture of Elsa's life.
Part Two is Elsa’s Mercenary Fiddler Show featuring well know fiddle, whistle and guitar songs and tunes "Devil Went Down To Georgia " Charlie Daniels Band, "Lord Of The Dance" and "Orange Blossom Special" and many more!!!
The Mercenary Fiddler Show is a high energy foot stomping show for all ages that will have you singing, clapping along and dancing in your seats.
Elsa plays guitar, fiddle whistle and button box. As a singer/song writer has
frequently been likened to Eva Cassidy, Joni Mitchel and Joan Baez (a highland version). Elsa is accompanied by “Mr Lister” on piano and keyboards.
Brought up in the heart of Scotland, Elsa’s love affair with music began at an early age. The 5th child of 11 and great grand-daughter to the renowned Scottish painter William McTaggart, Elsa grew up on a self sufficient small holding in a remote area of the Tay Valley, Aberfeldy, Scotland.
Having spent the last 10 years performing abroad with breaks for 2 small tours, this is Elsa’s “Coming Home Tour”.
Elsa also accompanied Finbar Furey of the “Fureys” on the Smile tour in 2010.
A summary of decades of research findings on red deer on one of Scotland's special national nature reserves (NNRs) has been published today to help deer managers.
The study on the Isle of Rum is the world’s longest running research study of a deer population. Since 1972, every individual living in one area of the island has been monitored by a research team, first from Cambridge and nowadays from Edinburgh University.
The new booklet summarises this internationally-acclaimed research, and explains many findings that are relevant to effective deer management.
Red deer research on the Isle of Rum NNR: management implications, by Professors Josephine Pemberton and Loeske Kruuk of the University of Edinburgh, was unveiled today by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) at the Deer Management Round Table meeting in Battleby.
Professor Josephine Pemberton, one of the report authors, commented:
“The differences between stags and hinds in their responses to variation in weather and density conditions are truly fascinating. Juvenile stags, in particular, are very sensitive to poor conditions, and this has major implications for managing deer populations.”
Some of the other key findings include:
- Reducing deer density, especially hind density, increases calving rates, as well as the proportion of stag calves born, the survival rates of calves and yearlings, and antler size. Simple models show stag numbers are at their highest when hinds are culled at a rate of 10 to 20 percent.
- The warming climate is causing deer to breed earlier each year – by 12 days since 1980.
- Weather effects mean that hind and stag numbers can change unpredictably from year to year, so regular counting and a responsive culling regime is crucial.
Welcoming the new guidance, Robbie Kernahan, SNH wildlife operations manager, said:
“It’s great to see all of this work being pulled together. I would encourage all deer managers to make some time and reflect on this fascinating research. Although conditions vary across the country, the information that has been gathered from the work on Rum can and should help us manage deer more effectively in Scotland.”
The publication arose from a joint visit last year to Rum NNR by SNH Chairman Ian Ross and recently retired Director of Forestry and Environment in the Scottish Government, Dr Bob McIntosh. They were so inspired by the research being carried out, which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, that they commissioned the booklet.
Rum is also home to an up-and-coming community, which has recently taken ownership of the village by establishing a community trust. The community and SNH are working together to benefit the community by managing the island and its deer.
To download the booklet, see www.snh.gov.uk/publications-data-and-research/publications/search-the-catalogue/publication-detail/?id=2246 . Copies are also available from the SNH Battleby office.
Please note: the Friday guided walk "Where Eagles Dare" has temporarily changed to an easier route due to dangerous conditions in Kinloch Glen - particularly Kinloch River. The usual route will resume when weather conditions improve...