Isle of Rum

Isle of Rum

Rum (until recently known by the Victorianised spelling of Rhum) is the largest of the Small Isles. Kidney-shaped when seen on a map, the island is magnificently wild and rugged. It is dominated by the towering mounntains of the Rum Cuillin - a miniature version of the Cuillin of Skye. The ridge traverse of the Rum Cuillin is one of the classic Scottish hill days, with plenty of scrambling though the peaks are less technical than the Cuillin of Skye.

The island was owned and run for many years as a private hunting reserve by the Bulloughs - wealthy Lancashire industrialists - with no access permitted to the public. A community buyout means the area around Kinloch Village is now owned by locals with the remaining land owned by Scottish Natural Heritage.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Kilmory Bay gradegrade18.5km 4 - 5 hours
Barkeval and Hallival gradegradegradegrade13km 5-6 hours
Orval and Harris gradegradegradegrade26.5km 7 - 8.5 hours
Rum Cuillin traverse gradegradegradegradegrade21.5km 12 - 14 hours

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