Residents of Rum, one of the small isles off the west coast, will vote on whether to takeover ownership of the island and set up crofts. Rum, which is popular with hillwalkers, has been owned by Government conservation agencies since 1957. The present owner is SNH which has undertaken extensive studies of the deer on the island as well as other research and ranger activities.
17 adult residents will vote to decide whether to transfer the community hall, village shop, tea-room, campsite and land in Kinloch Village and Glen on the west coast island into local ownership. This would allow crofts to be established and for the local economy to be developed to try and encourage more people to move to the island.
In the early 19th century the population of Rum was 443, however the island was cleared of the 350 people living there by 1826 to be replaced by sheep as part of the Highland Clearances.
Following a similar local buyout on neighbouring Eigg, residents there began selling Eggs from Eigg, maybe in the future we’ll be able to enjoy Rum from Rum?