Rùm | Colin Nutt

About

Rum's community lives alongside the island's amazing wildlife, with both thriving on this small island, which is mostly managed as a National Nature Reserve. Explore the wild side of the island to discover red deer, eagles, the Rum pony and the island's Manx Shearwater colony, or head to Kinloch Castle, the ancient village of Kilmory, or the Harris Mausoleum to discover more about the island's rich heritage. If you want a guide to help you explore the largest of the Small Isles, join the community ranger for one of the regular guided walks.

Famous For

  • The island has long been known for its red deer and was once used as a deer-hunting ground for the chiefs of Clanranald. These days, Rum is home to the Rum Deer Project – the longest-running mammal survey in the world.

  • Rum is one of the few Mesolithic sites in Scotland. Around 7000 BC, hunter-gatherers camped on the shore at Kinloch to fashion Rum bloodstone into arrow heads, feast on hazelnuts and drink a honey and heather brew.

  • The Rum Community Trust, set up in 2007, owns and manages the village of Kinloch and its surroundings. The rest of the island is owned and managed as a National Nature Reserve by Scottish Natural Heritage.

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  • Although the island is not on the National Grid, Kinloch Castle was one of the first private residences in Scotland to have electricity. The original hydro-dam that served the house still provides Rum with most of its electricity.

  • Rum was cleared of its entire population for sheep in the mid-19th century during the Clearances, but now supports a small, thriving community.

  • An early Christian follower of St Columba lived for 40 years in a cave on Rum, where he composed Gaelic hymns in praise of the saint.

Accommodation

Check out the following accommodation listings to book your stay.

Visit Scotland accommodation guide

Isle of Rum - places to stay

More Information

You can find some additional information about Rùm at the links below

Isle of Rum

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


CalMac Ferries operates regular sailings to Rùm from Mallaig on the mainland, in a service that connects all the Small Isles. Some sailings go via other islands.

The MV Sheerwater operates regular passenger sailing to Rùm from Mallaig on the mainland, via Eigg and Muck.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.