Extinct volcanoes, wilderness, and spectacular wildlife await on the Isle of Rum. With walks to suit all levels, beautiful beaches, breathtaking scenery- and even a castle- Rum National Nature Reserve is a diamond in the Inner Hebrides.
In just a day spent on this on this spectacular island, you can find yourself exploring the holiday home of an Edwardian millionaire, joining a guided wildlife walk, rambling along a nature trail or otter and seal spotting from the shores of Loch Scresort. A longer stay means time to explore Rum's wild places, following the pony trails along Loch Scresort, to the deserted village of Kilmory and into the heart of an extinct volcano. Experienced climbers can head for the Cuillin Peaks, one of Scotland's finest mountain ridge walks with breathtaking views on a clear day. Circling eagles can often be seen gliding on outstretched wings overhead, while majestic red deer graze on the hillsides.
You can get to Rum by ferry from Mallaig, operated by Caledonian MacBrayne, or by tour boat.
Facilities include a community ranger service, visitor centre, leaflets, trails, guided walks, illustrated talks, an otter hide, general store, craft shop, seasonal tea room, hostel, camp site and other accommodation (prior booking required). The visitor centre is situated on the lower shore road, near the old pier, where there's an exhibition space where you can learn about the island’s special features and walking opportunities. Guided tours of Kinloch Castle are also available.
The National Nature Reserve is managed by NatureScot.