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Isle of Rum Community Ranger ServiceIsle of Rum Community Ranger Service LogoIsle of Rum Community Trust Logo

Whether you’re on Rum for a few hours or a few days, the Community Ranger Service helps to ensure that all visitors get the most from the island’s outstanding cultural and natural heritage.

The island offers excellent walking opportunities and is one of the best places to be if you’re into wildlife. Whatever your interests, there’s something here for you. All you need to bring is a sense of adventure and an enthusiasm for one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands.

ranger and guests (c) George Logan

The Ranger Service is involved in a wide range of activities and produces an annual events programme which includes engaging family-oriented wildlife experiences, guided walks and evening talks. The service also provides educational support for visiting schools, universities & organised parties, but booking is essential if assistance is required.

To learn more about Ranger activities on Rum, you can read:  The Ranger Diaries.

Click "follow" if you want to receive notifications of Diary updates. You can also "like" the new Rum Ranger Facebook page here.

Ranger wildlife tours, talks and wild food foraging expeditions are available all year round. Outside the Ranger Events Programme, Minch Adventures can book the Ranger for whatever takes your fancy: you can forage for plants and seafood, learn about the history of Rum and visit croft ruins, sample local food and crafts, go fishing and hire (or bring) bicycles for a cycle ride to see Rum’s breathtaking beaches.

Minch Adventures

Both wildlife and wild food change with the seasons. We are midge-free from October to May, but also Minke-free too, as the Minke whales head off to the open ocean for the winter. Red deer stags are often seen around the village, only disappearing briefly for the rut from September to November. Seals and Otters 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; Red throated divers, Greenshanks and Golden plovers visit to breed from April to October, and you may spot some Great northern divers feeding in the bay during the winter and spring, in addition to flocks of Redwings around the village and flocks of Twite and Snow buntings further up the glens.

Rum is the jewel of the Inner Hebrides and there is always something new to discover!

Click on the boat photo (right) to go to the Minch Adventures website:



Our New Ranger Gallery can be found at the bottom of this page

>>Not able to make one of the walks during your visit? Ask the Ranger about tailoring a walk to fit with your time on Rum<<

My exhibition NATURE'S ISLANDS is on now, running until the end of August 2018

The rugged, wild beauty of the Western Isles has captivated me since my first visit to Islay in 2006. This exhibition is a celebration of the wildlife and landscapes of this unique part of the world

Weekly Favourites

Evening Talk - An Introduction to Rum

Tuesdays & Thursdays, March to October

Seawatch

Every Tuesday & Thursday at the Otter Hide, April to September
(except 7th August)




Discover Rum

The Wednesday Guided Walk in conjunction with Calmac Ferries, April to October



The Rum Seabird & Dolphin Experience

The Thursday Boat Trip with Ronnie Dyer in the MV Sheerwater, May to September


Where Eagles Dare!

The Friday Guided Walk, March to October

(except 15th June & 21st September)








Ranger Events Programme 2018



September

Monday 3rd September: 2-4pm: Autumn Birds of Rum, Guided Wildlife Walk:Join the Ranger for a walk to look for songbirds, seabirds and birds of prey. An easy walk, but wear good boots as some parts will be wet or boggy. Bring a camera and binoculars

Meet outside the Village Hall Cost £5 Adults / £2.50 Children

Saturday 15 th September: 3-5pm: ‘World Clean-Up Day’ Beach Clean:Join the Ranger for a beach clean around Rum’s shores near the village. Wear good boots as some parts will be wet. Bin bags provided

Meet outside the Village Hall No cost

Monday 24 th September: 1.30-3.30pm: Seashore Forage: Join the Ranger for a walk to look for the wealth of mussels, winkles and other seafood that thrives around Rum’s shores. Wear good boots as some parts will be wet. Bring a camera and binoculars, and a bag or bowl to take your forage home to cook

Meet outside the Village Hall Cost £5 Adults / £2.50 Children


October

Monday 1st October: 2-4pm: ‘World Habitats’ Day’ Guided Wildlife Walk:Join the Ranger for a walk around the moorland, woodlands and shores to celebrate World Habitats Day. An easy walk, but wear good boots as some parts will be wet or boggy. Bring a camera and binoculars.

Meet outside the Village Hall Cost £5 Adults / £2.50 Children

Saturday 6th October

9.15am-5pm: The Rum Rut – guided walk to Kilmory

Join the Ranger to see the red deer rut made famous by AutumnWatch. There will be a short talk about the work of the Rum Deer Project and a chance to see the vast collection of skulls and antlers built up over the last 40+ years.

Meet outside the Village Hall at 9.15am (if you’re coming in on the 8.50am morning boat, the Ranger will meet you at the pier), returning by around 5pm. Wear good boots – it’s a 16km (10 mile) round trip, on mostly dry but uneven surfaces, with some boggy stretches on the way to the deer hide. Bring packed lunch, cameras and binoculars.

Cost £15 Adults / £5 Children *Places are limited to 12 for each walk, so booking is essential* For booking and more details speak to Trudi the Ranger or contact her on ranger@isleofrum.com **NO DOGS PLEASE**

Saturday 13th October

9.15am-5pm: The Rum Rut – guided walk to Kilmory

Join the Ranger to see the red deer rut made famous by AutumnWatch. There will be a short talk about the work of the Rum Deer Project and a chance to see the vast collection of skulls and antlers built up over the last 40+ years.

Meet outside the Village Hall at 9.15am (if you’re coming in on the 8.50am morning boat, the Ranger will meet you at the pier), returning by around 5pm. Wear good boots – it’s a 16km (10 mile) round trip, on mostly dry but uneven surfaces, with some boggy stretches on the way to the deer hide. Bring packed lunch, cameras and binoculars.

Cost £15 Adults / £5 Children *Places are limited to 12 for each walk, so booking is essential* For booking and more details speak to Trudi the Ranger or contact her on ranger@isleofrum.com **NO DOGS PLEASE**


Important information

Please come prepared as Rum is a rough and ready sort of place, but all guided walks are on fairly level roads and are considered good. However, please bring walking shoes or boots, warm clothing, waterproofs and a midge-hood! Tours are subject to confirmation and may be cancelled if the weather is bad, so please check the notice boards around the village, or confirm with the ranger

Please look here to see the Scottish Outdoor Access Code which has information about your rights and responsibilities when out in the countryside.


Other events

As well as our land-based talks programme, the Ranger Service also caters for impromptu visits from cruise ships which anchor in Loch Scresort overnight. This programme is relatively flexible, but usually involves a forty minute evening (usually after dinner) presentation about the island, and a question and answer session afterward. Please contact the ranger for more information.

Education

Rum Visitor Centre (c) Michael Werndly

The Isle of Rum Community Ranger Service encourage visits from schools, universities and organised groups. If you need educational support for a field trip please contact the ranger with your inquiry and we’ll do our best to make sure you get the most from your visit.

Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering with the Ranger Service, we hold several events each year. Please keep up to date with the Events page or e-mail volunteering@isleofrum.com for more information.

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre is situated on the lower shore road near the old pier. There’s an exhibition space where you can learn about the island’s special features and walking opportunities. If you need to apply for a fishing license or pick up information leaflets, the Centre is open everyday, c. 0830-1700.

Maps, Leaflets and Species Lists (PDFs)

Map of Rum

Rum Map (c) Streetmap.co.uk

Kinloch Village MapMap of Kinloch Village

Isle of Rum Birds Leaflet

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Small Isles

The Birds of Rum Species List - (compiled from "Checklist of the Birds of Rhum")

The Flowering Plants of Rum Species List (compiled from "The Flora of Rum")

The Conifers of Rum Species List (compiled from "The Flora of Rum")

The Ferns of Rum Species List (compiled from "The Flora of Rum")

The Stoneworts, Liverworts, Mosses, Clubmosses, Quilworts and Horsetails of Rum Species Lists (compiled from "The Flora of Rum")

Further Reading

For info about books and resources, please visit our  Further Reading section

Contact

Ranger Service
Isle of Rum Community Trust Office
Isle of Rum, PH43 4RR, UK

Phone: 01687 462 404
Email: ranger@isleofrum.com

Ranger Profile

Trudi Clarke, Ranger (c) Sam Payne KWMC

My name is Trudi Clarke. 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.

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. I am a photographer and artist too, and my work can be viewed here.

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