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Applications for new housing postponed


For those interested in our new IRCT house tenancies, due to coronavirus, we have had to postpone the allocation process until further notice. 

Whilst we are very excited about welcoming new residents to our island, for understandable reasons our builder has had to withdraw his workers and the building site is now closed for the foreseeable future. Our houses require 2 months more work before they are complete. As soon as we are in a position to recommence building we will try to let all enquirers know.

Please keep checking back here for any further updates.

For anyone who has expressed an interest, or is interested now, please see the letter from IRCT dated 16th March 2020 HERE

Please also read the Prospective Residents Welcome Pack HERE  This contain lots of useful information about living on Rum.

If you wish to apply, see the Application Form HERE

**Due to the number of inquiries, IRCT may not be able to respond to all queries by email. Hopefully, if you keep an eye on the page IRCT will try to answer any generic questions that arise. Eg, Q. How much is the rent likely to be? A. We are currently looking at this being £450/month.**

Rum's Community Response to COVID-19


To see our Community Response to the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, follow this link HERE

Stay home, stay safe, protect the NHS.

Application Form - New Housing on Rum


Due to the huge amount of interest in the new housing on Rum, the Isle of Rum Community Trust (IRCT) has produced the following essential documents for those interested. This news item will be updated regularly with the latest information, so please keep checking.

For everyone who has expressed an interest by email over the last week or so or is interested now, please read the updated letter (16/03/2020) from IRCT HERE

Please also read the Prospective Residents Welcome Pack HERE This contains a lot of information about life on Rum.

If you wish to apply the allocation process currently suspended. You can still apply but applications won’t be looked at until the allocation process is resumed following relaxation of Covid restrictions, please see the Application Form HERE   This is now in Word format

**Due to the volume of applications, we may not be able to respond to all queries by email. But hopefully if you keep an eye on this page we can post any updates here that answer generic questions. E.g. one of which is, how much is the rent likely to be? We are currently looking at this being £450/mth. Thanks, IRCT **

The allocation process is suspended until the relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions. Please keep checking this page for updates.

Helicopter Transport


Today saw the movement of building materials from Kinloch to Dibidil Bothy for the works planned by the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) from May 18th to 7th June 2020. On the first beautiful day since anyone can remember, the helicopter came and took the loads around so they will be in place for the work party.

The MBA asks that anyone planning a trip to Dibidil bothy during this planned work period  brings a tent with them as space within the bothy will be of a premium.

Thanks to Sean Morris for the pictures.

How would you like to live on Rum?


The Isle of Rum Community Trust is seeking applicants for four new eco-homes for affordable rent which are currently under construction. These state of the art, two-bedroom homes sit on the edge of the village of Kinloch with clear sweeping views up to the majestic Rum Cuillin. These houses remove a major barrier to accessing the many working opportunities on the island. The homes have been made possible with major support from the Scottish Government's Rural and Islands Housing Fund. 

For many years it has been difficult, if not impossible, to think of moving to live on Rum without a job offer and a home to move into.

The community land owning Trust, who own most of Kinloch village, is looking for dynamic individuals or families who are keen to fit in to the island way of life and help drive positive change for this young and growing community. Rum has a population of between 30 and 40 adults and children. We have a small, dynamic Primary and nursery School. All homes have high quality fibre broadband and the island has a wide range of job opportunities such as in childcare, food production, house maintenance, fish farming or marine and mountain tourism.

The Trust are open to housing applications from anyone. If, however, you have a trade, a skill or other business 

you could bring to the island to help diversify and grow the local economy then that would be seen as of great benefit. Also, young families are always a major contribution to isolated communities and so if you have young children they would find a wonderful island to play and learn in and so applicants with children will also be considered favourably in the allocation process.

The deadline for applications is Monday 6th April 2020. We hope that the houses will be available for occupation by June 2020. Application forms and further information are available from

Planning Application for new EE mast on Rum


Planning permission being sought for 15m emergency services mast at the junction between Kinloch and Kilmory glen on Rum. To be powered by a diesel generator. You can view the application on the Highland Council planning website HERE

'In Tune with Nature' music competition


Scottish Natural Heritage are inviting musicians and songwriters of all music genres to write a new composition inspired by one of a list of National Nature Reserves, which includes us here, on the Isle of Rum. The piece will be used to help celebrate Scotland's Year of Coasts and Waters.  Closing date for submissions is 31st May 2020.

Further information about this competition can be found HERE

New Housing Development - Kinloch


The past couple of years have seen real changes on Rum. The new housing cluster tucked up behind the deer larder with good views up the Coire Dubh is progressing well, with the MOWI Manager’s House and worker’s accommodation now in full-time use.

Four new 2-bed houses are being built in the same area by IRCT. These will be the first new community houses in decades, providing an affordable rental option to residents. Started in September 2019, by contractors S&K Macdonald Homes, they will hopefully be finished by April 2020.
The first two houses were wind and water-tight by the end of November with roofs, windows and doors in place. The remaining two semis are now underway. This is a massive achievement for IRCT and we look forward to seeing the finished homes.

Rhododendron Eradication within Kinloch


IRCT contractors have been diligently working since November 2019 to eradicate Rhododendron ponticum on Trust land within Kinloch Village. Scottish Natural Heritage also have plans in place to eradicate Rhododendron from their land within Kinloch.  This is great news as it will open up the woods again. However, the face of the village will change as can be seen by some of these before and after pictures.

2020 Seasonal Ranger Post


The Isle of Rum Community Trust is now recruiting a seasonal Ranger for 2020. This is an exciting opportunity for someone keen to work with visitors and locals to achieve a high standard of visitor satisfaction.

Closing date is Tuesday 11th February 2020.

Follow the link to the advert HERE

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