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Isle of Rum Community Trust and the Community Ranger

IRCT LogoFor enquiries about the community trust, crofts, village land and building plots, the village campsite or other general questions about Rum, please feel free to contact us

Development Officer - Steve Robertson -
Company Secretary and Administrator (Part Time) - Buffy Cracknell -

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

For enquiries about the Isle of Rum Community Trust, contact:

About Us

The Isle of Rum Community Trust is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status, established in 2007. Follow this link to the recent history page where the main aims of the trust and its origin are explained in detail. The trust is made up of a board of directors from both on and off island and from a range of different backgrounds. These individuals all volunteer their time and expertise to the benefit of the community.

Denis Rixon - Chair, based in Mallaig

Alison Morris - Vice Chair

Alex Mumford

Deb Ingram 

Gregor Cushnie - MOWI

Useful Links and Documents

Isle of Rum Community Trust Memorandum and Articles

IRCT and SNH Visitor Management Plan Report 2011

Village Centre and Byre Planning for Real Report 2011

IRCT Croft Policy

IRCT Housing Plots Policy

Page updated Nov 2020

Nature Scot - Reserve Office

The Nature Scot Reserve Office is near the village, follow the signs and look for the big green shed.

Please contact us if you have any enquiries about the Rum National Nature Reserve.
SNH rebranded as Nature Scot (NS) in 2020

NS Rum Reserve Officer - Lesley Watt
NS Reserve Office
Isle of Rum, PH43 4RR, UK

Telephone: 0131 314 4181 
Office hours are 9am – 5pm Mondays to Thursdays and Friday 9am – 12noon

Useful Nature Scot Rum information from

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Rum Shop and Post Office

Post Office Logo

The village shop and Post Office is located in the Village Hall - about a 25 minute walk from the ferry terminal. Please check noticeboard for the shop and Post Office opening times as these change depending on the time of year.
Follow this link to the Post Office and Shop page.Chip and PIN logo
Rum Shop / Rum Post Office
Isle of Rum, PH43 4RR, UK
Shopkeeper  / Postmistress – Jinty Crocket
Phone: 01687 460 328
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Q. Do you need permission to visit Rum?

A. No, there are no access restrictions on Rum so you can visit Rum and walk to any part of the island at any time of year. Notices of deer stalking are posted in the village so you will be aware of these activities and it is recommended that you do not get too close to rutting stags (around October). See the Scottish Outdoor Access Code for info about your rights and responsibilities.

Q. How long does it take to walk from the ferry terminal to the places in the village?

A. From the ferry terminal, it’s about a 10 minute walk to the Visitor Centre, toilets and village campsite, then a further 10 minute walk to Kinloch Castle and a further 5 minutes to the Village Hall - where the village shop, Post Office, Teashop and toilets are located. The village track is only about 1 mile long, but can be quite rough in places. 

Q. Where are the public toilets on Rum?

A. There are public toilets at the Village Campsite which is near the Old Pier and Visitor Centre. These are a 10 minute walk from the ferry terminal. There are also toilets in the Village Hall at the far end of the village.

Q. Can I take my car to Rum?

Old car on the shore (c) George LoganA. No. The roads in Kinloch Village are privately owned and managed by the local community. In line with the other Small Isles, visitors to Rum are not permitted to bring vehicles except under exceptional circumstances. People generally leave their cars parked at Mallaig or Arisaig while they visit Rum.

Q. Can I take my bicycle to Rum?

A. Yes! Rum is a good place for bicycles and they are carried free on the ferries. Although the tracks are quite rough in places and are better suited to mountain bikes.  Have a look at our Cycling section for some suggested routes. Mountain bikes hire is available from Ivy Cottage, booking preferred.

Cycling to Rum? (c) Georgina McMillanQ. Are there internet facilities on Rum?

A. Wifi is provided in the hall for which we ask a small contribution of £1 per half hour.  The internet on the Small Isles and a few other remote locations in the area are provided by a community interest company called Hebnet CIC which beams the internet from island to island and the mainland through a network of wireless masts. Most of these masts have been installed by the local communities on each of the island sites.

Q. Will I get any mobile phone reception?

A. Mobile phone reception varies from network to network. Reception is generally better on the east side of the island where a good 4G signal can often be found. Reception on the west of the island is patchy or non-existent and shouldn't be relied upon.

Q. Are dogs allowed on Rum?A happy dog on Rum (c) Georgina McMillan

A. Yes, although you must keep your dog under control at all times and make sure they do not worry livestock or ground nesting birds. Please pick up your doggie doody as well - the village shop sells doody bags.
See the Scottish Outdoor Access Code for info about your rights and responsibilities.

Q. What is the weather like and which are the best months to visit?

A. May and June tend to have more sunny calm weather than the rest of the year. June, July and August are also fairly warm but with more possibility of wind and rain. Have a look at this weeks weather forecast on the Met Office site here.

Q. Can I see eagles?

A. Nest locations of these protected birds are secret but it is possible to see golden and white-tailed sea eagles in flight over Rum especially on warm sunny days when they like to ride the up-drafts.

Q. Is there a shop?

A. Yes, there is a small but very well stocked shop in the village called Rum Stores. It sells a wide range of items including bread, milk, veggies, fruit, eggs, meat, toiletries, batteries, alcohol, and several kinds of midge repellent. There are also several Craft Shops selling locally made goods. Check out the Services pages for more info.

Q. Is there an ATM on Rum?

A. There aren't any ATMs on Rum - but there are some in Arisaig and Mallaig. You can get cash withdrawals at the Rum Post Office but please note that only certain types of cards are accepted in Post Offices - so please check with your local Post Office to see if your card will be accepted here too.

Q. Are there guided walks?

A. Yes, the Community Ranger programme provides a range of walks, talks and activities within Kinloch Village for visitors.

Q. How many people live on Rum?

A. The population of Rum is about 30, although it can fluctuate with seasonal workers.

Q. Is everyone on Rum Scottish?

A. No. There is a mix of people from the UK and other countries with a fairly high turnover of people. The longest residents has lived here for over 20 years.

Q. Do people live on Rum all year round?

Winter on Rum (c) Georgina McMillanA. Yes, most of the residents live on Rum all year although there is a small number of seasonal staff and volunteers.

Q. What do people do in winter?

A. In winter, locals get on with their lives.

Q. Is there a school?

A. Yes, there is a school and nursery although there are currently only a couple of students. High school age students go to Mallaig high school and come home every second weekend. 

Q. Does everyone live in Kinloch Village or are there other villages on Rum?

A. Everyone lives in Kinloch Village.

Rum Dam intake (c) Where does the electricity on Rum come from?

A. Rum is not connected to the National Grid and all the electricity is generated on the island mostly from hydroelectricity turbines with diesel backup.There are two turbines of 30 and 15kw generating capacity.There is also a battery inverter system which can store power for use at peak times and also reduces diesel usage during periods when the hydro turbines are unavailable.The power generation is now mostly controlled by computers which are able to efficiently manage the hydro turbines to maximise green electricity production even at low water levels and in 2013 over 90% of all the electricity on Rum was generated by the hydro turbines.The amount of power available is limited and the use of too many high powered items at one time can overload the system and cause a blackout.Therefore the use of high powered devices such as electric cookers, heaters and power showers is discouraged.

Q. Where does the drinking water in the village come from?

A. Rum gets plenty of rainfall and the water system is fed from the same water intake as the hydro electric scheme. All the water supply in the village first gets chlorinated before being piped to buildings. This ensures that the water pipes stay clean and free from nasties such as E. Coli and the Highland Council tests our tap water regulary to make sure it's safe to drink.

Q. How bad are the ‘Midges’?

Midge net (c) George LoganA. Rum midges are notorious for being some of the worst on the west coast, so take suitable precautions. The village shop sells midge head nets/jackets, a range of different insect repellents, mosquito coils and incense sticks. Midges usually start to appear at the beginning of June and disappear with the first frosts around October. They don’t come out when it’s windy and if you walk at a brisk pace, you will be too fast for them. For more information see the Midge Forecast.

Q. What else?

A. BE PREPARED! Rum, while wonderful can have savage weather (so have suitable clothing and footwear); does have very rough tracks (even within Kinloch they aren’t that great – take note child buggy pushers); in season midges aren’t a joke so take precautions; rough weather can cancel the ferry for days, perhaps great but slightly inconvenient if stuck on the island, very disappointing if trying to get here.

Page updated Jan 2020

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Further Reading

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Small Isles

PDF Downloadable Booklets / Leaflets / Online Resources

Rum National Nature Reserve (NNR)

Rum and the Small Isles - A landscape fashioned by geology

Rum NNR - Habitat Management Plan 2018 - 2022

Kinloch Castle

Kinloch Castle Friends Association - information about Rum's eccentric Castle


Lochaber Geopark - website with information about the geology of Lochaber including Rum and the other Small Isles


"Rhum - Mesolithic and later sites at Kinloch excavations 1984-86" - online report by CR Wickham-Jones
Archaeology Development Plan for the Small Isles: Canna, Eigg, Muck, Rum 2005 - Highland Archaeology Services Ltd


Isle of Rum Birds IRCT and NS leaflet
Manx Shearwaters NS leaflet
Golden Eagle information from NatureScot
White-tailed Eagle
The Birds of Rum Species List - over 200 species! - compiled from "Checklist of the Birds of Rhum" by J Love for NCC 1984 and updated by S Morris 2011 


Dragonflies and Damselflies

Land invertebrates


Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

Kinloch Castle SNH Booklet


The Flowering Plants of Rum Species List (compiled by Ali Morris from "The Flora of Rum")
The Conifers of Rum Species List compiled by Ali Morris from "The Flora of Rum")
The Ferns of Rum Species List (compiled by Ali Morris from "The Flora of Rum")
The Stoneworts, Liverworts, Mosses, Clubmosses, Quilworts and Horsetails of Rum Species Lists compiled by Ali Morris from "The Flora of Rum")

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If there is a book that you think should be featured here, please contact the IRCT office. Download the Rum Reading List pdf HERE

"Bare Feet and Tackety Boots: A boyhood on the Isle of Rum" - Archie Cameron (Available at the Craft Shop)

"Rum: A Landscape without Figures" - John A Love

"The Small Isles" - John Hunter

"Rum: Nature's Island" - Magnus Magnusson

"Eccentric Wealth: The Bulloughs of Rum" - Alistair Scott (Available at Rum Shop)

"Aspects of Accrington Discovering Local History" - Eds Susan Halstead and Catherine Duckworth

"Walking on Rum and the Small Isles" - Peter Edwards

"The Small Isles: Canna, Rum, Eigg and Muck" - Denis Rixson

"The Flora of Rum" - Pearman, DA. Preston, CD. Rothero, GP. Walker, JP

"Rhum: The Natural History of an Island" - T.H. Clutton-Brock

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

"Destination Rum" - W.R. Mitchell

"Rhum - Mesolithic and later sites at Kinloch Excavations 1984 - 86" - C.R. Wickham-Jones

"A Rum Affair: A True Story of Botannical Fraud" - Karl Sabbagh

"Geological Excursion Guide to Rum: The Paleocene Igneous Rocks of the Isle of Rum, Inner Hebrides" - C.E. Emeleus

"Dibidil: A Hebridean Adventure" - Irvine Butterfield

"The Island of Rhum: A Guide for Walkers, Climbers and Visitors" - Hamish M. Brown (1988)

"Hebridean Island Hopping: A Guide for the Independent Traveller" - Martin Coventry

"Macc and Other Islands" - Graham Wilson

"The Scottish Islands" - Hamish Haswell-Smith

"The Western Seaboard: An Illustrated Architectural Guide" - Mary Miers

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Travel Links

Ferry from Mallaig - See the Calmac Website

Ferry from Arisaig - see the Arisaig Marine website

Boat trips that visit Rum from Skye - Bellajane Boat Trips, Seafari, Minch Adventures and Aquaxplore

Boats to Charter - great if you have a bigger group or want to travel outside the ferry times:  Minch Adventures, Bruce Watt Sea Cruises and Western Isle Cruises

Train Info - The Trainline website All trains go via Fort William and there are stations at Mallaig and Arisaig

Scottish bus service - Citylink - get a bus to Fort William then a train to Arisaig or Mallaig

Visit Scotland - Scotland's national tourism organisation

Road to the Isles - a useful website with lots of links for accommodation and services from Fort William to Mallaig

Isle of Eigg

Isle of Muck

Isle of Canna


Isle of Skye



Fort William

Schools Hebridean Society

Other Useful Links

Kinloch Castle Friends Association Volunteer group that was formed to help preserve Kinloch Castle

Rum Crafts - Rum craft shop online

Edinburgh University Red Deer Project at Kilmory, Isle of Rum

Produce and services available from Croft 3

Twitter about Rum - @isleofrum

Rum Wikipedia entry

Westword - Local monthly paper for the Small Isles, Mallaig, Arisaig, Morar and surrounds

Lochaber Geopark - Website with information about Rum and Lochaber's geology

Mountain Bothies Association

Scottish Outdoor Access Code

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - RSPB

Nature Scot

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

Historic Scotland

Tobar an Dualchais - An online catalogue of Scots and Gaelic recordings - including many contributions from the Canna House collections

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) - search this website to see the ancient and historical monuments on and around Rum

BBC Isle of Rum Weather Forecast

Admiralty 7 day tide prediction for Rum

Dutch website for travel infomation in Scotland

Rum Photo Galleries

Here are links to people's own online photo galleries and videos. Please contact the IRCT office if you would like to add your own Rum gallery link

Flickr group called 'Isle of Rum' that has started showcasing images of Rum Here. Many excellent landscape images

Have a look at this gallery by George Logan after his trip to Rum in October 2011.

Follow this link to Laurie Campbell's website.

Brilliant video by Beard Askew Productions

Web design and Photography

The Isle of Rum website was designed by: SilveryTay / George Logan - Scottish Photography
The website upgrade was facilitated by the volunteer website steering group from Rum
All photographs are copyrighted.
The photographs used in our rolling header section are copyright of: Ian Bolas, Martyn Baker, Laurie Campbell, George Logan, Georgina McMillan and Sean Morris.
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