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Pianocean comes to the Isle of Rum - July 2021


On Sunday 18th July, the Isle of Rum was treated to the magical sounds of Pianocean at the Old Pier. Islanders, yachtie, campers and all types of visitors to the island swarmed in to hear the beautiful voice and playing of Marieke Huysmans Berthou as she played her piano on the back of her boat.

Pianocean travels from port to port to give concerts from their boat which transforms into their very own stage when the piano is lifted from the back cabin to the deck by a mechanical system. This season Pianocean have been sailing through the Hebrides, giving concerts as they go from island to island. The Small Isles have been lucky enough to catch their attention and all 4 islands have been treated to a visit and concert.

With plenty of noise made by the Isle of Rum’s Visitor Service Manager Alex before the event, the island saw its population more than double on Sunday. On the day there was a BBQ provided by the fantastic Kim’s Kitchen with everything from Lobster to Venison to veggie specials available. Drinks were available on the Old Pier by the Isle of Rum shop, as well as plenty of seating too.

At 12pm the events kicked off with the firing up of the BBQ and a warmup act by Rum’s very own Pier Master Dave Beaton as he sang and played his guitar. Just after 1pm Pianocean welcomed the 80 people who had come to the event. All were emersed in an hour of beautiful folk music sang in both English and French and were even the first to hear Pianocean’s new song about the Small Isles.

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Overall, it was a fantastic day which will set the trend of events at the Old Pier on Rum. Keep an eye out more events coming to the Isle of Rum soon! 

Ranger Kat's Goodbye


This is not an easy update for me to make and it is with great sadness that I must say I am stepping down from the role as IRCT’s Community Ranger. I am very flattered and grateful to have been given this opportunity and it saddens me to have to leave.

It was not a decision that was easy to make however unforeseen circumstances have forced me to do so. I love the Isle of Rum, I find its community inspiring, its landscape and history fascinating, wildlife and natural heritage diverse and abundant. I had looked forward to helping visitors see some of what this incredible gem of the small isles has to offer and how environmentally important it is now that things are opening up again.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the residents, peers, volunteers and visitors for their support during this curious, and challenging, year past. I wish everyone the absolute best for the future and very much hope my relationship with the Isle of Rum does not end here.

To those of you hoping to visit the Isle of Rum whether it is a new exploration or a familiar home from home I hope you discover what a truly special and magical place it is and most of all have fun on Rum!

All the best for the future, Kat

Keeping the Small Isles Safe


Keeping the Small Isles safe

Sunday Beach Clean - March 2021


Sunday 14th March, the Rum Community took to the shore at midday in the drizzling rain for the first of many beach-cleans this year. It was a great success, with over 15 volunteers splitting into two teams to take on the coastline at low tide. Scouring the seaweed, rocks and sandbanks, the community was able to collect 36kg worth of rubbish, filling a whole builders sack to the top. This is a shocking amount for a small rural island, but due to the efforts of the islanders, it has now been safely binned and no longer threatens the many coastal birds and sea creature that call the coastline their home.

The Rum Community would like to mention that ‘It’s not our rubbish but it is our planet’. Much of the

rubbish found was made up of different types of plastics, some of it domestic and some commercial, such as nylon rope and fishing nets. Clear plastic packaging, plastic bottles, plastic bags and much more was found on the beach. With plenty more beaches to scour on Rum, the community are planning on getting together again to clean up the rest of their beautiful coastline and to make it a safer and cleaner place for all.

In other news, a freshly cast antler was found by one of the locals during the beach clean and will now help with the research done on the island for the Red Deer Research Project. It has been confirmed as belonging to the stag, Wisdom 11.

Mini Competition for Additional Support Services - Sept 2020


Here is a document that is part of the on-going tender process for the Rum hydro.

Mini Competition for Additional Support Services

Application Deadline now passed 29th August 2020


The application deadline for the new IRCT homes has now passed.  Due to the overwhelming response, any applications that were received after 5pm on 28th August 2020 will not be processed. We aim to be in touch will all applicants as soon as possible, but please bear with us at this very busy time.

New Houses - Additional pictures 30th July 2020


The building of the four new IRCT houses has much transformed an area of Kinloch Village. These pictures show the progression of the work, and although taken from different angles, the same group of trees is marked in each. The other buildings in the development are those used by the Mowi fish farm workers and manager.

See News item dates 28th July 2020 for internal pictures of the houses as they are heading towards completion.

Further Housing Application Information 28th July 2020


The photos below show the new IRCT houses that are currently under construction on Rum. They are getting towards being finished, with approximately two more months of work to go. Some of this work will be external, including getting some sort of a garden established. As you can see the garden size for each house is quite small, around 0.05ha. There are two detatched houses and one semi-detatched (total 4 houses) and they are quite close to one another. All houses have great south facing views, up into the Rum Cuillin. 

Once a tenancy is secured, if any new tenant would like to rent an additional small plot of land from IRCT, ie for a polytunnel or chickens etc, then this can be discussed. 

Here are two maps showing the house locations. Map 1 and Map 2

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 28th August 2020. Please send completed applications to

Application Form HERE

Prospective Residents Welcome Pack HERE

Here are some internal pictures first:


Applications for new housing NOW RE-OPENED 23 July 2020


For those interested in our new IRCT house tenancies, we are now ready to receive applications again

Please also read the Prospective Residents Welcome Pack HERE  This contain lots of useful information about living on Rum.

If you wish to apply, see the Application Form HERE

Please send your completed application to by 5pm FRIDAY 28th August 2020.

**Due to the number of inquiries, IRCT may not be able to respond to all queries by email. Hopefully, if you keep an eye on this page IRCT will try to answer any generic questions that arise. Eg, Q. How much is the rent likely to be? A. We are currently looking at this being £450/month.**

Rum's Community Response to COVID-19


To see our Community Response to the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, follow this link HERE

Stay home, stay safe, protect the NHS.

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