Isle of Rum News The latest news from the Isle of Rum en-us 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!

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:36:52 +0000
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

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:20:41 +0000
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?

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:39:03 +0000
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.

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:17:33 +0000
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.

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 14:51:10 +0000
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.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:18:27 +0000
Hen Harrier Weekend! Talk & Walk, Sunday 6th August

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:31:25 +0000
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

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:24:03 +0000
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!

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:50:14 +0000
Sporting Lease Opportunity

RUM National Nature Reserve

To let by Scottish Natural Heritage – a unique opportunity to manage the annual cull of around 60 stags for 5 years, over approximately 9,000 hectares on Rum National Nature Reserve. To be let from 2018 to 2022.

Interested parties are invited to submit an expression of interest in writing to the Project Manager, Lizzie Richards via email: or post to SNH, Dingwall Business Park, Fodderty Way, Dingwall, IV15 9XB, by 31st May 2017.

Please include a main contact name, address, email address and phone number. If you are responding on behalf of a syndicate or consortium, please provide similar details for all other syndicate/consortium members. Full tender documents will be issued to interested parties by 9th June 2017.

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:31:16 +0000
8th Anniversary Celidh!

Come along to the Anniversary Celidh in the Village Hall on Saturday 13th May, to celebrate 8 years of community ownership.

Ghetto Tractor playing - featuring Sandra MacBeth, Ian Cameron and Hector Henderson

9pm start

Tickets are £12 on the door

Thu, 11 May 2017 10:40:28 +0000
Rum is No.3 in "10 Best Wild Camping Sites in Scotland" Wild camp on Rum! We're listed No.3 in the Guardian "10 Best Wild Camping Sites in Scotland" - but of course, everyone knows we're really No.1 !!

Mon, 08 May 2017 20:21:47 +0000
Celidh! Saturday 29th April Time to get your dancing shoes on!

Come along to an informal Celidh from about 8pm onwards this Saturday 29th April.

Eilidh Shaw, Ross Martin, John Sommerville and others, will be playing.

A minimum donation of £4 per person on the door is suggested, to help with Hall running costs.

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:57:26 +0000
Small Isles Games 2017 Let the Games begin….

…and may the odds be ever in your favour….

Small Isles Games 2017: Hosted by the Isle of Rum

Saturday 22nd July

Games commence 2pm in the castle field

Rum venison burger barbecue

Evening ceilidh & Rum venison chilli at the Village Hall from 7pm

Tickets on the door, price TBC

Raffle with fabulous Rum prizes!

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:56:27 +0000
Rum Café

Rum Café will be running from 31st March until 31st October during 2017.

Open 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday for soups, plated sandwiches, baked tatties and home-made cakes. Packed lunches will also be available.

Evening meals available 6-8pm but please book in advance for these. 

You can email Kim Taylor - - for more details

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 13:28:58 +0000
Sean's photo....

Sean Morris's photo of a hind in the snow is being used in a press release for a new paper 'Precipitation drives global variation in natural selection'

Read more by following this LINK

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 11:39:51 +0000
Community Bring & Share Meal: American Diner! Saturday 19th November Community Bring & Share Meal on Saturday 19th November, 7pm onwards

The theme is American Diner - blueberry pancakes, hot dogs, burgers, chicken wings, milk shakes, New York Cheesecake, sticky ribs, steak sandwich, club sandwich, Meg Ryan! (hurr hurr)

Cost: £5 if bringing food, £8 if not

There will be a swear box for anyone mentioning the dreaded "T word" (not officially...)

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:22:25 +0000
Fancy Dress Halloween Blasda Bring & Share, Saturday 29th October

Fancy Dress Halloween Blasda! Date changed to 29th (was originally the 8th)

(from the old Irish ‘blasta’ meaning tasty/delicious)

Bring & Share Macabre Meal, Saturday 8th October, 7pm till the ghosts go to bed!

There’s an emphasis on locally sourced ghoulishness, but you can bring anything you like: all residents and visitors welcome for a fun social night in the Village Hall

Cost: £5 if bringing food, £8 if not

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:48:17 +0000
Ay Ca-RUM-ba! Change of date!

Ay Ca-RUM-ba! Changed from 17th to 24th of September.

Saturday 24th September: Bring & Share Community Meal: Mexican theme!

If you don’t like Mexican, then it’s nacho lucky day!

Bring your fajitas, tacos and enchiladas, wear your best sombrero and enjoy Sol beers and Tequila slammers!

From 7pm (ish) onwards, in the Village Hall

Entrance: £5 if bringing food, £8 if not

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:42:02 +0000
Evening Lecture, Friday 16th September 2016

The first official guest lecture of the year: Narrating Sexual Cultures, Religion and Generational Difference: Scotland 1967-1975

 by Charlie Lynch of Glasgow University

Friday 16th September 2016 at 7.30pm in the village hall

Baked potatoes with butter will be served, please bring along some fillings of your choice.

For more info contact Sylvia Beaton FSA (Scot)


Tel: 01687 460340

Facebook: Isle of Rum Heritage Centre

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:18:26 +0000
Ay Ca-RUM-ba!

Saturday 17th September: Bring & Share Community Meal: Mexican theme!

If you don’t like Mexican, then it’s nacho lucky day!

Bring your fajitas, tacos and enchiladas, wear your best sombrero and enjoy Sol beers and Tequila slammers!

From 7pm (ish) onwards, in the Village Hall

Entrance: £5 if bringing food, £8 if not

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:59:43 +0000

Italian themed Bring & Share meal

Pizza, pasta, gelato, food shaped like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Collesium, the Trevi fountain… the possibilities are endless!

Saturday 20th August from 7pm at the Village Hall

£2 if bringing food, £5 if not

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:05:58 +0000
Fishing Competition! Sunday 14th August from 4pm onwards at the new pier.

All visitors and residents of all ages are welcome to join in a fun fishing competition this Sunday.

Prizes to be confirmed.

Categories: Adults and Children

1. Highest number caught

2. Heaviest caught

3. Smallest caught (tiddlers will be thrown back after measuring!)

We'll have a barbeque later at the Village Hall, to eat our catch and raise funds for the Hall.

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:08:04 +0000
Community Bring & Share Meal: From the Sea! Friday 15th July Community Bring & Share Meal: From the Sea! (changed from the previously advertised 'egg' night)

Friday 15th July: From 7pm in the Village Hall:

Anything foraged or fished (or sneakily bought in, as long as it started its life in or near the ocean!)

Cost £2 if bringing food, £5 if not

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:05:13 +0000
Elsa Jean McTaggart Lassie will Ye Go 

Saturday 9th July: 

Elsa Jean McTaggart returns to Rum for an evening of eclectic folk - original music, trad and folk sprinkled with blues, jazz and joy!

Ticket price is £10 on the door and includes food - funds raised go towards our Village Hall. 

Further details to follow.

Sun, 03 Jul 2016 15:19:31 +0000
Hiking is good for your brain!

"According to a study published last July in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a 90-minute walk through a natural environment had a huge

positive impact on participants. In a survey taken afterwards, those people who took the natural walk showed far lower levels of brooding, or obsessive worry. The control group who spent that 90 minutes walking through a city reported no such difference. Not only that, but the scientists went a step further and did brain scans of the subjects. They found that there was decreased blood flow to the subgenual prefrontal cortex. What in the world does that mean? Well, increased blood flow to this region of the brain is associated with bad moods. Everything from feeling sad about something, to worrying, to major depression seem to be tied to this brain region. Hiking deactivates it."

For more information, click on the link below:

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 22:33:29 +0000
Gypsy Waggon! New accommodation on Rum...

Stay on the Isle of Rum in this unique hand built gypsy waggon. Sleeps 2-3...

For more information visit the link below:

or email:

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 21:46:51 +0000
Community Bring & Share Meal: From the Sea! Friday 17th June Community Bring & Share Meal: From the Sea! 

Friday 17th June: From 7pm in the Village Hall:

Anything foraged or fished (or sneakily bought in, as long as it started its life in or near the ocean!)

Cost £2 if bringing food, £5 if not

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:50:14 +0000
The Big Lunch, Sunday 12th June Come down to the Community Village Hall from 1pm onwards on Sunday 12th June and join in with the Big Lunch! 

This is an Eden Project inspiration to bring communities together. 

The event is free if you are bringing food, £3 each if not.

Read more about the Eden Project's Big Lunch through the link below:

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:37:15 +0000
Rum NNR Management Plan Consultation Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is in the process of producing a new 10 year management plan for the Reserve, and would like to hear the views of people interested in the future of Rum NNR.

The consultation on the new management plan will run from 8th June 2016 to 20th July 2016.

SNH will be holding public drop-in sessions on the dates below. Come along and find out more about the future proposals for Rum NNR and let them know your views.

Isle of Rum Community Hall 10am-3pm on Wednesday 8th June

Alexandra Hotel, Fort William 10am-4pm on Thursday 9th June

West Highland Hotel, Mallaig 9.30am-12pm on Friday 10th June

More details about Rum NNR management can be found through the link below:

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 10:23:14 +0000