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. Rum is now owned by Scottish Natural Heritage and is a nature reserve.