The Rum Visitor Centre is situated on the lower shore road near the old pier. Here you can learn about the island’s special features, the walking opportunities and pick up some handy information leaflets. There is also further information on how to obtain a fishing license.
The Visitor Centre is open everyday during the summer months. In the winter, information can be found at the Ranger post in the Village Hall.
Page updated 6th January 2013
Teashop Cafe in the Village Hall
Teashop now open for all your tea and cake needs this season
0800 - 0900: Breakfast
Monday - Friday during April and May - breakfast and pick up of pre-ordered packed lunches.
1200 - 1600: Lunches
Monday to Saturday until October 2013 - open for lunches with a selection of hot and cold food and drinks, and home baking.
If you would like to book a group in to the tea shop, pre-order packed lunches, dinners, sit in lunches or arrange a buffet or BBQ for your group please contact Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Isle of Rum Shop and Post Office is small but very well stocked with a wide range of groceries including bread, veggies, dairy, meat, snacks, alcohol, toiletries, books and plenty of midge repellent. Rum shop also stocks a handy pocket-sized laminated fold-up map of the island ask in store for details.
You can find it next to the Village Hall which is about a 25 minute walk from the ferry terminal but only a 5 minute walk from Kinloch Castle.
If you’re planning to visit Rum as part of a large group, groceries can be pre-ordered, but please place your order at leastone week in advance. Follow this link to an order form orphone the shop for more information. Due to opening times, if no-one answers please leave a message and Jinty will get back to you as soon as possible.
During Summer, Post Office opening hours are 1000-1200 on the Calmac ferry days and the shop is also open most evenings 1700 - 1900. Please see noticeboards for up-to-date opening times.
The shop now has chip and PIN and can offer a cashback service. The Post Office also has a facilitly for withdrawing cash.
Gav, our resident Mountain Leader and one of our Crofters, offers guided walks to the summits of Hallival, Askival and the further summits of the island, which command amazing views over the Small Isles, Skye and the mainland. All levels of experience can be catered for, from beginners to seasoned mountaineers.
He also plans to offer a 4x4 Safari over to Kilmory and Harris for a chance to see the Red Deer, Golden and White Tailed Eagles, the Rum ponies and the historical and geological sights of the island beyond the village.
Special tours on a Wednesday and Saturday to fit between ferry sailings. For more info and to see what many visitors miss on a trip to Rum, search for Brocholme Croft on Facebook or email Gav at email@example.com
Gav, our resident Mountain Leader and Crofter, is also planning to offer a 4x4 Safari over to Kilmory and Harris for a chance to see the Red Deer, Golden and White Tailed Eagles, the Rum ponies and the historical and geological sights of the island beyond the village.
Here on Rum we are proud to produce a lot of our own food from home grown fruit, salad and vegetables, to freshly laid eggs and honey. We are lucky to have wild fruits and other foragers delights growing here and we have some very talented cooks, brewers, bakers, preservers and picklers!
In 2013 we'll be repeating the successful weekly Produce Fairs through the summer months that were so popular with visitors in 2012 with an even wider selection of foodie items for sale, there is local produce available to buy from Jinty's shop, home baked cakes on offer in the teashop and produce available direct from our crofters and gardeners. We also have Rum Venison available in a selection of products including roasting joints, steaks, sausages and burgers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on our available items to purchase.
You can buy free range chicken, duck and goose eggs from our crofters either from Rum Shop or direct from the honesty table at the gates of Croft 3. Seasonal produce including fruit, vegetables and salad are also available. Home made bread, cakes and pies can be ordered and delivered to the village. Email email@example.com for prices, to place an order or arrange collection.
Isle of Rum Village Hall Hire
The Isle of Rum Village Hall is available for hire. If you are thinking of coming to Rum to hold an event such as a wedding, a birthday or anniversary party then hiring the Village Hall is a must. With its own well-appointed kitchen, small stage and large dance floor, there is ample room to ceilidh. See photos and YouTube video of Rum events below.
£6 per hour to hire the Village Hall and kitchen. To hire the Village Hall for a night, charges start at £100 (plus a £50 refundable deposit) for a 1700 start with hirers making sure the hall is clean and tidy by 0900 the following day.
Here are some Youtube videos people have taken at events in our Village Hall
The Village Hall is managed by the Rum Community Association. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on booking the Village Hall for your event.
There are two public payphones on Rum. One is located in the Kinloch Castle Hostel bootroom and the other is on the shore road by the Craft Shop - in the red phone box.
There is limited mobile phone reception on Rum but connection is often possible in front Kinloch Castle or by the Village Hall. There are some areas out of the village where a signal is received such as up on the hilltops - but this is not reliable.
There is wireless internet in the castle hostel for guests and a coin-operated computer with internet access is available at the Village Hall. The Village Hall is open everyday. We are currently trialling a faster broadband scheme with an Eigg-based company called HebNet. The trial is going well and we now have very fast access in the trial houses - up to 8mb! The next step will be to make the set-up more permanent and robust and this is planned for 2012.
There are two public toilets at the village campsite which is a 10 minute walk from the ferry terminal. There are also toilets in the Village Hall which is a 25 minute walk from the ferry terminal. There is also a composting toilet at the ferry terminal.
In summer the village campsite has two hot showers. If you are not staying over at the campsite, you may still have a shower as a day visitor. Showers for day visitors are £1.50 per person and please limit your shower to 5 minutes. The honesty box can be found on the side of the shower block.
There are fresh water taps at the village campsite and also one on the Old Pier. You can also fill your water bottle at the Village Hall where there is another outdoor tap. Drinking water on Rum is chlorinated and is sourced at Coire Dubh - the same water source as the hyrdo-electric sheme that powers the whole village.
There are limited rubbish and recycling facilities on Rum so please try to limit the amount you create or take your rubbish away with you. Please try to compost as much as you can and burn any paper or cardboard if practical and safe to do so.
There are big skips at the ferry terminal where you can put your rubbish - one for Glass Recycling, one for Metal Recycling and one for General Rubbish. Plastic bottles can now be recycled and go in the skip with the metal tins. Glass and Metal Recycling wheelie bins can also be found at the Village Hall and a Battery Recycling Point is located in the Village Hall foyer.