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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.

Hebridean Whale Trail

The Isle of Rum is proud to be part of the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust's brand new Hebridean Whale Trail.

"The Hebridean Whale Trail has launched! Over 30 unique sites across Scotland’s spectacular west coast. Celebrating breath-taking places along our

Minke

shores that look out across seas where whales, dolphins and wondrous creatures roam. From dramatic headlands, to white, sandy beaches and bustling harbours, the Whale Trail is awash with special places where nature and heritage are interwoven.

From the Clyde to Cape Wrath and out to St Kilda… where will you be when your one in a million moment happens? For further details click on the Minke whale photo (right) and it will take you to the official website!

Tag us @hebrideanwhaletrail or #hebrideanwhaletrail to share your experience"

Minch Adventures

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<<

 

Weekly Favourites

Evening Talk - An Introduction to Rum

Tuesdays & Thursdays, April to October (except 23 May)

Join the Ranger for an evening talk introducing the history, landscapes and wildlife of Rum

Village Hall, 7.30-8.30pm Cost £5 Adult / £2 Child

Seawatch

Every Tuesday & Thursday at the Otter Hide, April to September (except Thurs 18th July)

Join the Ranger for a twice-weekly 2hr Seawatch & Shorewatch for the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust, Whale & Dolphin Conservation, the National Biodiversity Network and the SeaWatch Foundation!

In the Otter Hide on the south shore we’ll use binoculars to look for otters, marine mammals, basking sharks, seabirds and birds of prey

We may see songbirds too – goldcrests, willow warblers, treecreepers, coal tits, long-tailed tits, redpolls & spotted flycatchers

Come down to the Otter Hide any time 11am-1pm Tuesdays, 10am-12pm Thursdays: the path is signposted from the main ferry pier

Bring cameras, binoculars and midge repellent. No cost, but donations gratefully received!

Discover Rum

The Wednesday Guided Walk, April to October

A relaxing 1.5hr guided wildlife and history walk starting approx 11.45am at the ferry pier, and ending at the Village Hall for tea & cake, with time to take in a castle tour afterwards
Please note: This guided walk is aimed at Wednesday day trippers, so if you’ve been on the island for a few days, this probably isn’t for you. If it is, you can turn up and buy tickets on the day
Meet at the Ferry Pier at 11:45am Cost £5 Adult £2.50 Child

The Rum Pelagic Experience

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

Come along on a 2 hour Ranger-guided pelagic trip from Rum to Soay, to encounter seabirds, cetaceans & a range of other marine life!

Previous trips have seen minke whale, basking shark, harbour porpoise, bottle-nosed and common dolphins

We may even be lucky enough to encounter rarer species like the sunfish, orca or leatherback turtle!

Meet at the ferry pier 1pm returning 2.30-3pm

Cost £10 Adult / £5 Child

Please note: on Thursday 18th July the boat trip will still run but the Ranger won't be on it, due to prior commitment to a school group



Ranger Events Programme 2019


July


Sunday 28th July: 11am-1pm: International Bog Day! Guided Bog Walk

Join the Ranger to look for orchids, palmate newts, carnivorous plants, wheatear, stonechat, hen harrier and red deer

Wear good boots as some parts will be BOGGY! Bring a camera, binoculars and midge repellent

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


Watch the Night Skies: 28th-29th July - Delta Aquarids Meteor Showers
 

Monday 29 th July: 5-6pm: National Marine Week: Evening Talk: The Even-More-Ancient Mariners – Whales & Dolphins of the World

Starts at 5pm in the Village Hall Cost £5 Adults / £2 Children

Wednesday 31 st July: 5-6pm: National Marine Week: Evening Talk: Sounds Deep – Oceanography Since Aristotle

Starts at 5pm in the Village Hall Cost £5 Adults / £2 Children

August

Friday 2nd August: 5-6pm: National Marine Week: Evening Talk: Mysteries of the Deep – Nessie & other mysterious creatures of loch and ocean

Starts at 5pm in the Village Hall Cost £5 Adults / £2 Children

August Bank Holiday Weekend

Saturday 3rd August: 10am-12pm: Guided Wildlife Walk

Join the Ranger for a guided wildlife walk to look for shorebirds, songbirds and wildflowers. Good boots are essential as it will be wet in places.

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

Sunday 4th August: 10am-12pm:  Guided Wildlife Walk

Join the Ranger for a guided wildlife walk to look for songbirds, deer and carnivorous plants. Good boots are essential as it will be wet in places

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

Monday 5th August: 10am-12pm: Guided Wildlife Walk

Join the Ranger for a guided wildlife walk to look for shorebirds, songbirds and wildflowers. Good boots are essential as it will be wet in places.

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


Monday 12th August: 9.30am-1.30pm: Basking Shark Search

>>>Rescheduled due to bad weather in July<<<

Join the Ranger for a guided walk to Port Na Caranean to search for this amazing plankton-feeding shark – the second largest fish in the world! Wear good boots and bring sandwiches, drinks, cameras, binoculars and midge repellent/nets.

Meet outside the Village Hall at 9.30am Cost £10 Adults / £5 Children


Watch the Night Skies: 12th-13th August - Perseids Meteor Showers


Saturday 17th August: 10am-12pm: Shinrin-yoku Health Walk

Shinrin-yoku originates in Japan and means 'forest bathing'. It has many health benefits and is often prescribed by doctors in Japan to reduce stress and improve the immune system. Join the Ranger for a forest bathing walk around the beautiful woodlands of Rum.

You can get the morning ferry over from Mallaig, come on the walk, and then have several hours to explore the island before the return ferry at 7.20pm

Meet at the Village Hall Cost £2 Adults / Children


Monday 19th August: 10am-12pm: World Photo Day: Guided Wildlife Photography Walk

Join the Ranger for a guided photography walk to look for wildlife and scenery to delight your lens. Good boots are essential as it will be wet in places.

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


Late August Bank Holiday Weekend (England, Wales & N Ireland)

Saturday 24th August: 10am-12pm: Guided Wildlife Walk

Join the Ranger for a guided wildlife walk to look for songbirds, deer and carnivorous plants. Good boots are essential as it will be wet in places.

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

Sunday 25th August: 10am-12pm:  Guided Wildlife Walk

Join the Ranger for a guided wildlife walk to look for seabirds and seals. Good boots are essential as it will be wet in places

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

Monday 26th August: 10am-12pm: Guided Wildlife Walk

Join the Ranger for a guided wildlife walk to look for shorebirds, songbirds and wildflowers. Good boots are essential as it will be wet in places.

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

September

Saturday 14th September: 10am-12pm: Shinrin-yoku Health Walk

Shinrin-yoku originates in Japan and means 'forest bathing'. It has many health benefits and is often prescribed by doctors in Japan to reduce stress and improve the immune system. Join the Ranger for a forest bathing walk around the beautiful woodlands of Rum.

You can get the morning ferry over from Mallaig, come on the walk, and then have several hours to explore the island before the return ferry at 7.20pm

Meet at the Village Hall Cost £2 Adults / Children Free

Monday 23rd September: 10am-12pm: Autumn Equinox Guided Wildlife Walk

Join the Ranger for a guided wildlife walk to look for shorebirds, songbirds, seals and deer. Good boots are essential as it will be wet in places.

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

October

Saturday 5th October:

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

Join the Ranger to see the red deer rut made famous by AutumnWatch. We’ll hope to see stags parallel walking, fighting and stealing hinds from other stags. We may also see grey seal, snipe, merlin, stonechat, wheatear, twite and golden and white-tailed eagles. 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, returning by around 5pm Wear good boots – it’s a 16km (10 mile) round trip, on mostly dry but uneven surfaces. Bring packed lunch, cameras and binoculars.

£15 Adults / £5 Children

*Places are limited to 12 for each walk, so booking is essential* For booking and more details speak to the Ranger or contact her on ranger@isleofrum.com

Watch the Night Skies: 8th October - Draconids Meteor Showers 

Saturday 12th October:

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

Join the Ranger to see the red deer rut made famous by AutumnWatch. We’ll hope to see stags parallel walking, fighting and stealing hinds from other stags. We may also see grey seal, snipe, merlin, stonechat, wheatear, twite and golden and white-tailed eagles. 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, returning by around 5pm Wear good boots – it’s a 16km (10 mile) round trip, on mostly dry but uneven surfaces. Bring packed lunch, cameras and binoculars.

£15 Adults / £5 Children

*Places are limited to 12 for each walk, so booking is essential* For booking and more details speak to the Ranger or contact her on ranger@isleofrum.com

**NO DOGS PLEASE**

Watch the Night Skies: 21st-22nd October - Orionids Meteor Showers 


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, e-mail ranger@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 a fishing form or want to pick up information leaflets, the Centre is open everyday.

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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