“My family and I elected to holiday around the west coast of Scotland. After a lovely couple of days on Skye, we arrived in Mallaig on the Armadale ferry. We decided to make our first venture a trip to one of the Small Isles. But which one? We greedily scanned the information at the Tourist Office and quickly decided that Rum seemed the most interesting. A combination of National Nature Reserve status and the opportunity of a peek inside the decadent Kinloch Castle seemed too good to miss.
Rum is roughly in the shape of a diamond and covers an area of about 10,700 hectares. It is the largest of the small isles. The peaks of Askival, the islands highest point at 812 metres above sea level, Hallival and Trallival dominate the island. These peaks seem to reach into the clouds and they can easily be seen from the mainland ….”
The rest of this article is available as ‘Rum with a View’ on the Articles and Reviews page.
How do I get to Rum? There is a Caledonian Macbrayne passenger Ferry from Mallaig on the west coast of Scotland to Rum, but this does not run every day. Also, AquaExplore run fast R.I.B’s (Rigid Inflatable Boats) from Elgol on Skye on a daily basis, mainly in the summer months. Finally, Arisaig Marine run a scheduled ferry service to the isle of Rum during the summer months.
How do I get around Rum? On foo or on a bike! All the Small Isles ferries are passenger only as there are very few roads on the Small Isles.
What’s worth visiting on Rum? Kinloch Castle is a magnificent Edwardian Castle in the main settlement of Kinloch. For more information on Kinloch Castle, please see my article, Rum with a View. There are two Heritage Trails that start in Kinloch and take around two hours to complete. A longer and more demanding walk is to complete Rum’s Cuillin, which includes the peaks of Hallival and Askival.
Where can I stay on Rum? It is possible to stay in Kinloch Castle which has a Hostel in what used to be the Servants Quarters. This can be either on a full board or a self-catering basis. The Isle of Rum Community Trust Campsite is just 10 minutes walk from the pier. Also, there are two bothies on the isle of Rum, at Dibidal and Guirdal run by the Mountain Bothy Association.
Any other information on Rum? The isle of Rum has some of the most ferocious midges of anywhere in Britain. It is recommended that you take a midge net with you, especially if you intend to spend a lot of time outdoors.