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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.

The Isle of Rum Community Trust Regeneration Project is still ongoing but we have allocated all the volunteer positions now.

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<<

Ranger events Programme 2016

The Programme is over for this year

If you are visiting Rum over the winter months and would like a guided walk or talk, please contact Ranger Trudi -

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.


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.


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 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)

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


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

Phone: 01687 462 404

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. Most recently, I have been running guided wildlife walks in Bristol, while studying for an MSc in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

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.

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