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Kinloch Castle Tours

No visit to Rum is really complete without a visit to Kinloch Castle. Tours are timed to be ‘between boats’ from April – October, making it possible to visit this amazing Edwardian time capsule on a day trip or before you return home after a longer stay.

Tours take approximately 45 minutes and start promptly from the front door - which is up the steps on the seaward side of the castle.

Bedroom (c) Georgina McMillan

Grand Hall (c) Georgina MacMillanBooking is not necessary, and if the arrival of the ferry is delayed for any reason we do try and start the tours a little later than advertised when possible. However, you will not be able to join the tour once it has begun.

During tours visitors are welcome to take photos. Kinloch Castle guidebooks, postcards, and books can be purchased in the castle at the end of a tour.

Private tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more (smaller groups will be charged a minimum of £90.00), subject to staff availability.

For more information or to book a private tour please contact us on the details below.

Ballroom (c) Georgina MacMillan

Drawing room (c) Georgina MacMillan


Tours take place daily throughout the summer months. Check back for Summer 2020 times.

Prices (cash payment only)

Adults £9
OAP's/Students £8

Children (6-12 year olds) £4.50

Groups (15+) £8 per person


Kinloch Castle is a 20 minute walk from the ferry terminal along a flat unsealed track. 


SNH Reserve Office
Isle of Rum, PH43 4RR, UK

Phone: 0131 314 4181


Page updated nov 2020
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Loch Fiachnais and Harris Bay (c) Ian Bolas

The Isle of Rum is a paradise for hill walkers and mountaineers alike. If you are here for a few hours or a few days there are walks to suit all abilities.

Rum, while wonderful, can have savage weather (so have suitable clothing, footwear and navigation aids); has very rough terrain and in the summer season midges aren’t a joke so take precautions.
Ivan roaring (c) Sean Morris
During late September and early October the annual red deer rut takes place. This is the deer mating season, and while fascinating to watch, stags can be extremely dangerous during this time and should be given a wide berth.
Although there are no access restrictions at any time of year, please see the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website for more information about your rights and responsibilities in the outdoors.

With so much to see and do on Rum, planning your visit can feel a bit daunting.To help you out, we’ve put together some suggested itineraries to so you can make the most of your trip depending on how long you have to spend on the island.

Shorter walks - under 2 hours

Northside nature trail

This circular trail takes approx 1 hr to circumnavigate and is ideal if you are just here on a day trip. It takes you up and along the northside of Kinloch Glen, giving you views out into the NNR and a glimpse of the true wild Rum. Follow the signs and enjoy a pleasant stroll. Click HERE to download a guide for this walk.

Otter hide Otter Hide (c) George Logan

This is a short (30 min) return walk along through Loch Scresort’s southside woods. Starting from the ferry terminal, this is a gentle walk through the woods and can be enjoyed by all, passing some of the islands initial settlements. Click HERE to download a guide for this walk.

Bird and wildlife watching

Kinloch Village Map 2020Although there are no specific areas set aside in Kinloch Village to bird or wildlife watch, you never know what is going to appear where or Greylag Geese (c) George Loganwhen, so if you are a keen naturalist it is vital to keep your binoculars to hand. Otters and seals are often seen from the ferry terminal whilst waiting for the Loch Nevis to arrive and time spent sitting and looking around the village can often give some spectacular views of white-tailed (sea) eagle and golden eagle soaring overhead. Walking along the shore road and listening to the eider ducks, oystercatchers and curlew going about their daily routines is also a pleasure to the senses, along with watching our flocks of resident greylag geese flying in and out to feed. Red-throated divers can often be heard calling in the bay, and Common Sandpipers often pipe along the shore. For more information on the bird and wildlife of Rum go to our Wildlife section and for info on guided walks and talks see our Ranger section.
The Kinloch Village Map is now available as a download, price £1. All proceeds go to the Community Trust. Click on the buy now link and follow the instructions.  

Longer walks - 2 hours or more

Kinloch Glen Waterfall

Walk up out of Kinloch Village and along the track into Kinloch Glen to get a taste of the Rum National Nature Reserve. On this approximately 8km return walk, you will have a chance to see Golden Eagle and Red Deer. It is also the same route as to go to Kilmory or Harris, so if you have longer, you can just keep going.

Kilmory Beach (c) Shaun Simon


This is a return walk of 10 miles (16km), along a good track, taking approximately 1.5hrs each way. Follow the track up out of the Village and through the gate and along Kinloch Glen to the junction where you veer right, turning into Kilmory Glen and continue into the Red Deer Project Study Area (see Wildlife section for more info). Kilmory boasts an unspoilt beach with outstanding views of the Skye Cuillins.

Bullough Mausoleum Harris (c) Shaun SimonHarris

This is a return walk of 16 miles (26km) along a good track and takes approximately 2.5hrs each way. Follow the track out of the Village, along Kinloch Glen and carry on to the left at the junction. Harris is the site of the Bullough’s mausoleum, standing proudly looking out to the west, where Sir George, his father John and his wife Lady Monica, were laid to rest. The track to Harris has, in good weather, spectacular views of the mountains comprising the Rum Cuillin.

Trollaval and Glen Dibidil from Dibidil (c) Sean Morris


Work is planned to improve the Dibidil track during early 2020
The path to Dibidil begins in Kinloch. It is an extremely rough path which can often be waterlogged and the burns that cross the path rise very quickly, making them difficult to cross in heavy rain. This is an extremely challenging 8 mile (13km) walk, one way. At Dibidil, there is a Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) bothy, with great views over the Sound of Rum to the Isle of Eigg. (See  Places to Stay for more information on the bothies). It is a great base for further exploring the Rum Cuillins and Papadil.

Glen Shellesder and Guirdhil Bay nestling below Bloodstone Hill (c) Ali MorrisGuirdil

This walk takes approximately 4 hrs from Kinloch one way. The route goes over Bealach a’ Bhraigh Bhig, and drops down into Glen Guirdil. This takes you over rough hillside and there is no particular route, so good navigation skills are required. Guirdil bothy (MBA) sits nestled into the back of the pebble bay looking out towards Canna. (See Places to Stay for more information on the bothies). It is a great spot where you have a good chance of seeing both white-tailed (sea) eagles and golden eagles, as well as red deer and feral goats (see wildlife section for more information). During the summer, Guirdil is a magical place to watch the sun set and in the winter the northern lights are often seen during the dark nights.

Peering into Glen Dibidil from the Cuillin ridge (c) Sean MorrisRum Cuillin Ridge Walk

This is a classic walk, along the mountain ridge of Rum, covering approximately 13.5 miles (22km), depending on your route, of steep ascent and descent with some moderate rock scrambling over six peaks taking about 12hrs. There is no clear path or route, so you will have to pick your way along this difficult range, BE PREPARED and have the necessary navigation aids. Starting either in Kinloch Village or Dibidil, this walk takes in the mountains of Barkeval, Hallival, Askival, Trollaval, Ainshval and Sgurr nan Gillean, before dropping down into Dibidil or Harris for the walk back to Kinloch.
Although none of the mountains on Rum are Munros, the weather can change in the blink of an eye, so BE PREPARED and ensure you have suitable clothing, footwear and navigation tools. 

Be aware!
There is NO Mountain Rescue Post on the Isle of Rum. The nearest teams are on Skye and in Lochaber and there will be a considerable delay before any of these teams could be on scene at an incident.

Further Reading and Maps

Click on the image to see the item for sale online.

Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna OS Map

Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and Sanday OS Map

OS Landranger Map 1:50,000 Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna Sheet 39

OS Explorer Map 1:25,000 Rum, Muck Canna and Sanday Sheet 397

For more books about Rum, please see our Further Reading section here
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Rum has several little shops selling locally made crafts, so there is a souvenir to suit all budgets.

Rum Crafts

Isle of Rum Crafts (c) Fliss Fraser
Rum crafts sells a variety of locally made items – jewellery, soaps and creams, artisan marmalade and jams, hats, homemade fudge, bloodstone and other souvenirs. We are open every day 10am-6pm. You can find us on the shore road by the red phone box.

Also on Facebook.

Tattie House Crafts

Tattie House Crafts sells a colourful variety of hand crafted items including beautiful hand painted fishing buoys and floats, original paintings on canvas inspired by the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, lots of crocheted woollies and lovely smellies, all beautifully unique and handmade with great care and attention. For more information, or to contact me please visit the Facebook page: here or come and see us at the Tattie House.

Page updated Feb 2020

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Cycling on Rum

Kinloch Village Map 2020Cycling on Rum is hard work and not for the faint-hearted! The track out of Kinloch Village is very rough and steep in sections.  All routes are rough tracks and are more suited to mountain bikes. If you are not too confident on wheels, walking around the island might just be a better option. However, if you have your bike and are ready to go, the further parts of Rum are opened up to you much more quickly.

There are about 2 miles of tracks around the village and about 11 miles of tracks outside the village into the National Nature Reserve. Away from the 4WD tracks to Kilmory and Harris, the walking tracks on Rum can be fairly boggy or rocky in places making it very difficult to ride on, so we recommend sticking to the tracks.

The Kinloch Village Map is now available as a download, price £1. All proceeds go to the Community Trust. Click on the buy now link and follow the instructions.


Click on the Map of Rum link and zoom in to see the roads on the rest of Rum in greater detail.

Harris - 16 miles / 26km return

Rum Map (c)

Road to Harris (c) Georgina McMillanHarris Bay is on the south west of Rum and there is a 4WD road all the way there. It is a 16 mile rough cycle over to Harris and back with 250m of ascent each way, best suited to mountain bikes. You take the road out of the village up 2 miles to the junction, then take the left branch. It's a gradual climb up, up, up! to the highest point in the track, then it's a brisk freewheel down into Harris Bay. The great news is that you can dump your bike on the roadside and walk the rest of the way, if all that uphill becomes too much! There are great views over the bay and you are likely to see the Rum ponies, red deer, feral goats and the Highland cows. At Harris Bay you will also see the Bullough mausoleum (see the Kinloch Castle section for more info on the Bulloughs) and old farming remains of 'lazy beds' (see the Human History section for info about historic settlements on Rum)

Kilmory - 10 miles / 16km return

Kilmory is located on the north coast of Rum and there is a track that you can take to get there. It's a 10 mile rough cycle, best suited to mountain bikes. You take the track out of the village up 2 miles to the junction. Here you take the right branch and go down into Kilmory Glen where you will have lovely views of the Skye Cullin and you will enter the Kilmory Red Deer Project study area, so are likely to see many red deer. See the Deer page in the Wildlife section for more information on the project. You will be able to see the old Bullough laundry building.

Mountain Bike Hire

Bikes are available for full day hire from Ivy Cottage. For more information on tarriffs please e-mail or call in at Ivy Cottage.  Booking preferred.

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Deer stalking

Stalking on Rum (c) Rachael Wild

Stag Stalking available throughout the 2020 season. 

Come and join us for a truly unique Stalking experience on this beautiful Island surrounded by some of the most spectacular landscapes and scenery anywhere in the world.

For further information please contact Toby Fichtner-Irvine

at or give him a call on 01687 462 365.

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Loch Papadil (c) Ali MorrisSea and Coast Fishing

No permit is required if responsible fishing is carried out anywhere along the coast.

Loch Fishing

Loch and River Permits are needed between 1st April and 15th Oct, throughout the fishing season.  These are provided free of charge and all we ask in return is that you adhere to the restrictions and return the catch form.
Loch Fiachnis (c) Sean Morris
The Loch Fishing Permit covers 6 Lochs – Loch Papadil, Loch Coire nan Gruund, Loch MacIvor (an Dornabac), Loch Fiachanis, Loch a’Ghillie Reamhra, and Loch Long. Visitors are asked to avoid fishing on ALL other lochs and lochans between 1st Mar and 15th Oct, as these are important breeding habitats for Red Throated Divers (Learga-ruadh).  These birds are a threatened species of conservation concern and are protected  under European and UK Law (Wild Bird Directive 79/409/EEC, and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981). 
Red Throated Divers nest on the ground close to the loch side and any disturbance is likely to cause abandonment of the eggs or vulnerable young.  It is an offence to knowingly disturb these birds during the breeding season.

River fishing

This is permitted on Kinloch Burn and Allt Slugan a’Choilich (Coire Dubh), and covers the area from the river mouths to the main deer fence (approximately 1 mile upstream).  Please do not fish on burns outside these areas.
Visitors are asked to put back all salmon and sea trout parr and smoults. Hen fish heavy with spawn in the autumn and finnoch under 8” long should also be returned to the water.
Permits cover fly-fishing and spinning and are available from the following locations:
IRCT Office
SNH Reserve Office
Rum Shop
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Boat trips

There are no boat trips at the current time
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Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayak on Rum, Isle of Eigg in distance (c) Ian BolasRum is a great destination for canoeists and kayakers and is an ideal method for seeing much of the marine and birdlife of the island close up in its natural environment. With approximately 30 miles of varied coastline, including secluded beaches and rocky shores, there are plenty of places to stop, admire the view and watch the world go by.

The Mountain Bothy Association bothies at Guirdil and Dibidil, are good places to stop and rest; see the Places to Stay section for more information on all the accommodation options on Rum.  Kinloch Village is a good base for exploring the island as canoes and kayaks travel free on the ferries and supplies can be bought in our Village Shop.

Rum Map (c)

If you do come to Rum with your canoe or kayak, please check the weather forecast and tidal conditions to ensure a safe trip as conditions can change rapidly in the waters surrounding the islands.

Useful Links

Met Office weather
XC Weather Forecast showing wind forecasts
Tide timetable for Rum
Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre

Click on the Map of Rum and zoom in to explore the coastline in detail

   Page updated Jan 2020
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