Orval, return via Harris

Orval is the highest of the hills in the northern half of Rum, a superb viewpoint for both the Rum and Skye Cuillin and surrounding islands, with a dramatic craggy escarpment of its own. The descent leads to Harris on Rum's western coastline, the site of the Bullough's mausoleum and a beautiful location in its own right, before a long return on tracks to Kinloch.


Landrover track, sometimes boggy path to bealach, Orval itself is pathless. A mountain bike could be used as far as Malcolm's Bridge and would likely be welcome on the long return.

Public Transport

Ferry to Rum from Mallaig; no transport on the island.


Ferry pier, Isle of Rum. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Essentials page for basic information on the skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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