Ask an islander
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One of the Small Isles of the Inner Hebrides and home to a National Nature Reserve, we loved hearing all about Rúm.
Our island correspondent - Jed of Rum Bunkhouse - told us more about his stunning home isle:
"The freedom here is something that I try to appreciate and not take for granted. We have a National Nature Reserve on our doorstep and especially during the summer you can seize the day when the sun is out by getting out on the hill, cycling over to Kilmory or Harris; canoeing in the bay or getting the BBQ out.
"A walk up Coire Dubh to Hallival is my favourite. The moonscape-like rocks and beautiful views of the mainland and the Outer Hebrides is one of the privileges of living on the island; access to the island’s beauty is on our doorstep.
"We make good use of the village BBQ and have impromptu gatherings usually cooking steaks or handmade Venison burgers. However, my favourite dish is the Venison lasagne that is available at the local village café – Kim’s Kitchen.”
If you fancy visiting Rum once it is safe to resume travel, CalMac Ferries run regular sailings throughout the summer and winter months from Mallaig. ⠀
Stretches of beautiful sandy beaches, sea caves and wholesome local produce – our next feature took us to the wonderful island of Stronsay in Orkney.
Islander, Louise McQuaid from Fish Mart Cafe and Hostel told us all the highlights that left us wanting more.
"The best parts of the island are Rothiesholm Beach (known locally as Bu Sands) and the Vat of Kirbuster. The beach is a mile stretch of beautiful sand whereas in stark contrast, the Vat is on the cliffy shoreline with a stone arch of what was once a sea cave - it's amazing seeing the power of the sea and waves crashing into the cliffs."⠀
"The Fish Mart café has reopened selling simple, wholesome and hearty food with daily specials. Also, Maurice A. Williamson's shop at Olivebank makes amazing freshly-baked meat pies and has the best local sausages going."
"Winter forces you to slow down and have more #family time in the evenings to read, play games, movie nights and just hang out together doing activities. One of last year's highlights was the arrival of The Screen Machine (a mobile cinema kitted out inside of a lorry)."
Have you been inspired by this week's Island of the Week? Well good news - there are loads of ways to get to Orkney with Northlink Ferries, Pentland Ferries, John O'Groats Ferries and Loganair all offering regular services to mainland Orkney and you can take the final jaunt over to Stronsay courtesy of Orkney Ferries.⠀
For more tips and travel information to and around the Orkney Islands by bus, plane and ferry, check out orkney.com