Outdoor enthusiasts who love the idea of a peaceful island break and seeing one of nature's finest spectacles.
Things to do
One of the four Small Isles, diamond-shaped Rum lies off southern end of Skye. It's a National Nature Reserve (NNR) and is home to some 900 red deer. In the autumn months, you can see - and hear - the stags as they rut during mating season. Watching the males lock antlers as they battle for the right to breed with the females is a tense, gripping sight for spectators to behold.
For keen walkers, the island offers some of the most incredible wild and rugged landscapes. Spot red deer in the north of the island as you follow the Kilmory Bay walk. Seasoned climbers can traverse the Rum Cuillin, which involves a bit of scrambling and takes in two Corbetts and a Graham.
You could take in the island's track roads on two wheels and hire a bike. The cycle to Harris Bay passes by the Bullough mausoleum and the scattered remnants of abandoned farmhouses, and affords outstanding views up the vast Atlantic Corrie to the serrated Rum Cuillin ridge. Whether you walk or cycle, look out for charming Rum ponies and goats as you explore.
Before the end of October, tours of Kinloch Castle, a striking building of red sandstone and once-opulent interiors, are available. Built in the late 1800s, this grand Edwardian home was used as a hunting lodge and today stands as a fascinating place which time has forgotten.
For those who like their home comforts, reserve a room at Ivy Cottage B&B, or book into the stunning new bunkhouse. At Kinloch Village Campsite, there are two basic camping cabins to hire, or stay at the gorgeous, fairytale-like BBQ bothy. Find more about places to stay on Rum.
The Isle of Rum Teashop offers a mouth-watering selection of goodies and freshly prepared soups, sandwiches and more. Tasty evening meals are available if booked in advance.
From the port of Mallaig in the west Highlands, there are several sailings to Rum and the other Small Isles throughout the week with Caledonian MacBrayne. To get to Mallaig, follow the Road to the Isles from Fort William, one of Scotland's most scenic driving routes. You could have an island hopping adventure and include a visit to Rum as part of trip to the nearby Isle of Skye, or explore more of the Small Isles.