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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.

Buzzfeed "Subterranean tunnels on Rum"

If you have seen the Buzzfeed listing "19 Life-changing Wild Adventures Everyone Must Try in Scotland", Rum is listed at No.5 : "Subterranean tunnels on Rum"

Please be aware, that Rum's Community Ranger is NOT able to tell you "safe spots to explore" - Rum is very wild, and the weather can be unforgiving. Even spots considered safe, can become unsafe very quickly if bad weather sets in.

The Coastguard helicopter has come out to Rum to rescue hillwalkers twice already this year.

Caves Bay is very beautiful and accessible by a rough trail overland, but the majority of the caves around Rum's coastline are only accessible by kayak.

If you want to visit any of the caves, you must do so at your own risk. Rum's Community Ranger, and the Community itself, cannot be held responsible for accidents or injuries.

Here is the link to the Buzzfeed listing.

Be safe!


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, March to October. Join the Ranger for an hour's lecture on the wildlife, landscapes and history of Rum
7.30-8.30pm in the Village Hall (or in the Bunkhouse by special request)
Cost: Adults £4 Children £1 Please note, the talks run throughout the 2017 season except for these specific dates: 16th & 18th May; 25th & 27th July; 14th September


Seawatch

Every Tuesday at the Otter Hide, April to September
11am -1pm: Join the Ranger for a 2 hour seawatch on the South Shore, to record wildlife sightings for the National Biodiversity Network. Turn up any time between 11am and 1pm, there is no charge for this event, but donations are gratefully accepted!
Please note, the Seawatch runs every Tuesday except for these specific dates: 16th May; 25th July; 19th September

Discover Rum

The Wednesday Guided Walk in conjunction with Calmac Ferries

A relaxing 2hr walk starting approx 11.45am at the ferry pier, and ending at the Village Hall for tea & cake

Tickets can be booked through Fort William Tourshop, Railway Station, Fort William PH33 6EN Tel: 01397 705285 Email: fort.william@calmac.co.uk – this package includes return bus travel to Fort William and ferry to Rum

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 at the pier and buy tickets on the day

Cost: Adults £5 Children £2.50
Please note, this walk runs every Wednesday except for these specific dates: 17th May & 26th July

The Rum Seabird & Dolphin Experience

The Thursday Boat Trip with Ronnie Dyer in the MV Sheerwater

Come along on a 2 hour Ranger-guided mini pelagic trip from Rum to Soay, to encounter our most important breeding bird, the Manx Shearwater and hopefully see a range of other sea life too!

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

Cost: Adults £10 Children £5

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

Please note, this trip runs every Thursday except for 27th July

Where Eagles Dare!

The Friday Guided Walk

Come along on a 3½-hour walk into Rum’s interior: experience firsthand the eagle environment, and hopefully the birds themselves!

Red deer, hen harrier, wheatear, stonechat, snipe, woodcock & cuckoo may also be seen

This Ranger-guided walk runs every Friday morning from 9.30am–1.00pm >meet at the Village Hall<

The walk is challenging as it covers a distance of 6 miles, on difficult trails with boggy sections: good boots are essential!

«It can be changed to an easier route on request »

Please note: the walk may be cancelled at short notice if the weather is really bad, as eagles don’t like to fly in high winds and rain

Cost: Adults £6 Children £3 Please note, this walk runs every Friday, weather permitting, except for these specific dates: 19th May; 28th July; 15th September

Ranger Events Programme 2017

September

Monday 4th September: The Monday Sandwich: 9.30-11.30am: Wildlife Walk /Ferry in at 12.45pm/ 2-4pm: Wildlife Walk

Birds, butterflies, dragonflies, seals, otters, red deer, orchids, carnivorous plants: Rum has a wealth of wildlife to see and appreciate. Join the Ranger for a guided walk, in the morning if you’re leaving on the Monday ferry, or in the afternoon if you’re arriving! Wear good boots as some areas are boggy.

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

Tuesday 5th September: Watch the skies! Neptune at Opposition

Wednesday 6th September: 3-5pm: Wildlife under the Singing Moon

This moon is also called the Harvest Moon and the Wine Moon. Join the Ranger for a guided wildlife walk around the woods and shores. 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

Tuesday 12th September: Watch the skies! Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation

Monday 18th September: The Monday Sandwich: 9.30-11.30am: Wildlife Walk /Ferry in at 12.45pm/ 2-4pm: Wildlife Walk

Birds, butterflies, dragonflies, seals, otters, red deer, orchids, carnivorous plants: Rum has a wealth of wildlife to see and appreciate. Join the Ranger for a guided walk, in the morning if you’re leaving on the Monday ferry, or in the afternoon if you’re arriving! Wear good boots as some areas are boggy.

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

Friday 22nd September: 3-5pm: Alban Elued – Autumn Equinox Guided Wildlife Walk

Day and night are of equal length at this time. Join the Ranger for a guided wildlife walk around the shores and woodlands. Wear good boots as some sections are boggy.

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

Monday 25th September: The Monday Sandwich: 9.30-11.30am: Wildlife Walk /Ferry in at 12.45pm/ 2-4pm: Wildlife Walk

Birds, butterflies, dragonflies, seals, otters, red deer, orchids, carnivorous plants: Rum has a wealth of wildlife to see and appreciate. Join the Ranger for a guided walk, in the morning if you’re leaving on the Monday ferry, or in the afternoon if you’re arriving! Wear good boots as some areas are boggy.

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

Saturday 30th September: 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.

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**

October

Thursday 5th October: 10am-12pm: Wildlife under the Hunter’s Moon

This moon is also called the Blood Moon and the Seed Fall Moon and is associated with preparations for winter. Join the Ranger for a guided wildlife walk around the woods and shores. 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 7th 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.

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 7th October: Watch the skies! Draconids Meteor Shower

Saturday 21st October: Watch the skies! Orionids Meteor Shower


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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