The Isle of Rum boasts amazing wildlife, stunning beaches, beautiful scenery, walks to suit every kind of visitor and a castle that is a must-see. As is the case with all of the small islands, the boat trips leaving from Elgol shore can take you for a look at Rum and if you wish to spend longer there is a lot on the island to keep everyone entertained. There is the aforementioned Kinloch Castle, a craft shop and general supplies shop as well as the village hall tea shop for a bite to eat. There are a number of walks to suit different levels of ability as well as guided walks. These walks allow you to take in the stunning scenery: both coastal and mountain, and you might just spot some of the inhabitants: eagles, red deer and ponies are just some of the beautiful animals living on the island.
The Isle of Rum was sold to the Nature Conservancy for £23,000 in 1957, in turn making it become the National Nature Reserve that it is today. Before this the island owners had discouraged public visits, meaning Rum became known as ‘the forbidden island.’ It had never really been a tourist destination which meant that the Nature Conservancy was able to take full advantage to study and develop the island without disturbance. As is the case with the other islands we have covered, there is an important community spirit that runs through all that is done on the island in the form of the Isle of Rum Community Trust, ensuring that the interests of the people, land and wildlife of Rum is preserved.
If you have booked, or are planning to book a stay with us here at Mary’s Thatched Cottages and you are interested in visiting one of the small isles neighbouring Elgol or want some further information then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.