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(c) Vikki Trelfer

Photo Gallery Coming Soon!

We are making a gallery of Rum pictures - please email us any good photos of the island you have: photos@isleofrum.com.

We'll have separate galleries for wildlife, landscapes, Kinloch Castle, people and ponies.  Maximum file size is 200kb.

A Great Start to the Year - January 2015

12-02-2015

We celebrated Hogmanay in style with the help of our Bunkhouse guests and their enthusiastic dancing.  You can see an awesome video they made of their trip here.  Everyone had a great time despite the ferry being cancelled due to stormy weather on the day they were meant to depart - it just meant there was an extra day to explore the island!

New weekly guided walk for 2015

20-01-2015

CARNIVOROUS PLANTS OF RUM.

Britain has five species of carnivorous plants and they can all be found on the Isle of Rum!

Come along on this 2hr Ranger-led walk in Kinloch Glen, every Tuesday morning to find them, and see lots of other wildlife too.

Meet outside the Village Hall at 10am, returning by 12pm.

No need to book, just turn up: wear good boots (carnivorous plants are lovers of boggy conditions!) and bring cameras, binoculars and midge repellent.

For more details speak to Trudi the Ranger or contact her on ranger@isleofrum.com

Cost £5 Adults / £2.50 Children

Fire and Ice - October 2014

15-10-2014

Hallival and Askival (c) Vikki Trelfer

Rum’s iconic peaks Hallival and Askival have been nominated in the “Fire and Ice” category of 100 Great Geosites!  The Geological Society has launched the list of 100 sites across the UK and Ireland as part of Earth Science Week (13th - 19th Oct).

More than 400 sites were nominated and split into 10 categories.  From glaciations to volcanic eruptions, the sites included in the “Fire and Ice” category represent some of the most dramatic events in our geological past.

Swedish researchers have revealed that Rum may once have been a supervolcano two or three kilometres high.  Sixty million years of erosion by glaciers, wind and rain have reduced the mountain to what remains of Rum’s cuillin ridge today.

Rum's Third Blasda - September 2014

04-10-2014

Now in its third year, our annual celebration of all things edible and local is becoming a Rum tradition.  It sometimes feels like trying to feed the five thousand with one loaf and three fishes – you never quite know how many people are going to turn up, or who’s going to bring how much of what – but there’s always enough, and it’s always a great evening.  It was lovely to see so many people out, sharing a meal and reaffirming the bonds that hold us together as a community.  For starters there were three kinds of soup and freshly foraged winkles; mains were a choice of fish pie, wild mushroom risotto, sea trout, veg & mushroom casserole, and a vegetable curry (or a little bit of everything).  To finish off, we enjoyed Ady’s bramble crumble with Debs’ mint choc chip ice cream.  Many thanks to all the bringers and sharers!

Bunkhouse Manager Post - July 2014

31-07-2014

Rum Enterprise is looking to recruit the role of Bunkhouse Manager for their new Bunkhouse

Job share will be considered

We would like to invite applications detailing the following:

1. How you will run the Bunkhouse in terms of visitor service and as an income generating business for the Isle of Rum Community Trust.

2. How you will market Rum Bunkhouse, ensure occupancy and encourage repeat visitors, using social media etc.

3. Demonstration of knowledge of the level and types of work involved in both the practical and the administrative sides of running the business.

4. Examples of relevant experience in a similar role.

5. Demonstration of knowledge and ability to manage budgets and cash-flow, staff rotas and ordering of supplies. Also, how you would cope with unexpected issues, i.e. ferry cancellations and equipment breakdowns etc.

6. Your vision for the Bunkhouse and how you would implement this as part of the wider tourism industry on Rum, i.e. working with the other accommodation providers and the Ranger service to help promote the island and other small businesses on Rum.

Please contact Ian Leaver for a detailed job description and application form at

ian@isleofeigg.net

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 6th August 2014

Interviews will be held on island on week beginning Monday 11th August 2014

Please be aware that there are limited accommodation options with this post. More information on this can be found from Ian upon entry of application.

 

 

   

Introducing Rum's new Community Ranger - June 2014

03-06-2014

new ranger imageI am delighted to take up the position of Community Ranger here on Rum. I’m an environmental biologist with many years’ experience in nature reserve management and field biology: I have worked with Sandwich terns on Anglesey; saltmarsh birds, plants and Natterjack toads in Dorset; mice on St Kilda and rare plants in southern Portugal. Most recently, I have been running guided wildlife walks in Bristol, while studying for an MSc in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

I come from Bristol but I have lived in various places around the UK and abroad. Before gaining my degree, I worked in bookselling and as a freelance photographer and artist. My decision to retrain for a career in nature conservation was made after witnessing firsthand the destruction of the rainforests in Tasmania in 2001.

I’ve had a special affinity for the wildlife and communities of the Scottish Western Isles since my first visit to Islay in 2006. I have visited the Outer Hebrides twice and returned to Islay and Jura nearly ten times now. In 2012, I spent four weeks on St Kilda working as a field research assistant for the St Kilda Mouse Project.

My hobbies and interests include:

Writing: “Trudi's Tales from the Field” - http://truditales.tumblr.com/

Photography & art: etsy.com/shop/TJClarkePhotography

Sculpture; linocut printing; travel; canoeing; Portuguese language studies; climate change and future ecology; evolutionary biology; Australian ecology; archaeology; anthropology; history of the natural sciences.

I’m looking forward to seeing my first sea eagles, and I want to start canoeing again, but am currently hampered by lack of paddle...and lack of canoe!

Watch out for upcoming events and news via Facebook and Twitter, and my Ranger page HERE.


Rum Bunkhouse Progress - March 2014

02-04-2014

If you’re following the updates on our Facebook page you’ll know that there’s been lots happening in recent weeks!

The site was cleared and groundworks completed at the start of the year.The building itself has been constructed in sections in MacQueen’s workshop on Skye, and arrived on the Calmac ferry on the 18th March.

Now that all the pieces are on site it’s just a case of putting them all together, and as if by magic the bunkhouse is growing day by day!

Homecoming Scotland - January 2014

27-01-2014

In 1795 Rum was home to over 400 people, but the clearances of 1826 and 1828 saw the eviction of 350 people in total, to be replaced by sheep. Most

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of the emigrants sailed to Cape Breton in Nova Scotia; all 208 passengers listed on the St Lawrence from Tobermory to Port Hawkesbury (NS) on 12th July 1928 (though it may have been 1926) were from the Isle of Rum, and ranged in age from young babies to 89 year old Allan MacLean. The full list is available online. [http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/saintlawrence1828.shtml]

Today the population is stable at around 40 permanent residents, but what happened to our predecessors? When the MacLeans, MacKays, MacKinnons and MacPhadens dispersed across Cape Breton, where did they go? Where are their families now, and do they still pass on stories of the Rum life?

Malcom McKinnon from Rum was the first settler near Kinloch on the Northwestern side of Inverness County, Cape Breton and had a family of three sons and four daughters; the farm is still occupied by his descendants.**

Two brothers from Rum, Donald and Allan McLean, were the first settlers of Beech Hill, Inverness County in 1826. Donald married Ann McDonald who had emigrated from neighbouring Muck; they had 8 children and Ann lived to be 106!**

2014 is the Year of Homecoming - a year-long programme of events and activities showcasing all that's great about Scotland. Elsewhere there are preparations for the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup, and a range of events to celebrate our national food and drink, the outdoors, and our arts, culture and ancestral heritage. Here on Rum we’re putting together a programme of events for 2014 to entertain, inspire, and get your toes tapping – keep an eye on the Events page for more information.

We always welcome stories and memories from former Rumachs and their descendants

Wherever you’ve been and whenever you visit, you’ll be very welcome so join us and be part of Homecoming Rum 2014!

[**Info from: History of Inverness County, Nova Scotia

By J. L. MacDougall (1922) - http://www.electricscotland.com/canada/inverness/]

Rum Bunkhouse - January 2014

27-01-2014

Site clearance (c) Ali Morris

The new Rum Bunkhouse is currently under construction.

Site levelling (c) Ali Morris

It will be the first purpose-built self-catering accommodation on the island, and all profits from running the bunkhouse will be put back into development projects in our small community.

The bunkhouse will offer excellent hostel accommodation with a strong environmental flavour, built to a high specification and using sustainable materials. It will sleep up to 20 people in four mixed dorms and one twin room, with free wireless internet available throughout the building. It will feature two fully equipped self-catering kitchens and plenty of dining space to allow groups to eat together. The comfortable lounge will

have a wood burning stove and comfy sofas so you can sit back and relax after a day spent exploring the Nature Reserve.

The building will have level access throughout to facilitate disabled access, with an accessible WC and wet room. The twin room will be fully accessible and the shared spaces and corridors all incorporate space for a turning circle for wheelchair users.

Rum Bunkhouse News - December 2013

17-12-2013

This week we have appointed Ian Lever as Project Development Manager to oversee the construction phase of our new bunkhouse. Ian lives on Eigg and has previously worked on Rum as the Development Officer from 2008-10. He has experience of managing a number of similar sized, grant funded projects with other island communities, and we are pleased to welcome him onto the team.

James Macqueen builders based on Skye won the contract to build the bunkhouse and having visited the island a few weeks ago are keen to get started as soon as possible. Unfortunately the weather has not been kind to us with storm after storm disrupting the ferry service recently, so site works will now begin in early January.

We are still on track to open later in 2014 so watch this space for updates!

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