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Rum (AKA Rhum or Rùm.) is the largest of the Small Isles (the others are Eigg, Canna and Muck). Rum was purchased by SNH in 1957 and is now a National Nature Reserve. The island is home to important colonies of Red Deer and Manx Shear Waters and is playing host to the reintroduction of the Sea Eagle.

The Rum Cullin, like it's Skye counterpart is made of gabbro



Before its purchase by SNH Rum was known as ‘the forbidden Island’. Latterly it was the case that you needed permission to visit the Isle. However since new access regulations have some into force no permission is required to visit Rum.

Visitors are advised to check with the reserve office during stalking season and Kilmory and Kilmory Glen may have restrictions in place to protect the general public during rutting season.

The Climbing






Sea-Stacks and Sea-Cliffs

Maps & Guidebooks

Climbing Guides

The Island of Rhum Guidebook

Cicerone Press, The Island of Rhum: A Guide for Walkers, Climbers and Visitors, Hamish M. Brown (1988)

SMC, Skye and the Hebrides Vol.2 John McKenzie and Noel William (1996) - OUT OF PRINT

NOTE: "The guide covering the Hebrides is out of print and a new guide for this area is planned for 2008" -(SMC Website)

Walking Guides

Pocket Mountains, The Islands, Pocket sized walking guide to Scotland's Islands

SMC The Corbetts - Guide to all the 2500 ft peaks in Scotland, including Askival and Ainshval


Ordanace Survey, Landranger Sheet 39: Rùm, Eigg, Muck & Canna (1:50 000 scale)

Ordanance Survey, Explorer Sheet 397: Rùm, Eigg, Muck, Canna & Sanday (1 : 25 000 scale)

Getting There

You can't take veichles to Rum and the Calmac ferry doesn't run on a Sunday.

Caledonian MacBryne -

Accommodation & Amenities


  • Kinloch Castle Hostel, Dorm style rooms from about £13pppn, with meals available in the Bistro.
  • Camping, Basic site with cold running water and toilets.
  • Lea Cottage B&B
  • Bothies - there are bothies at Dibidal and Guirdal, run by the Mountain Bothy Association


Further Info

The Isle of Rum Community Website, All you ever needed to know about Rum

Road to the Isles

Trinity College, Dublin - Good geological information

[1] An Article on Seastack Climbing from UKC (pdf)

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