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    The Isle of Rum

    Next Trip: 21st - 26th May 2023 Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights

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    Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
    Trip Type: Wilderness Walking
    Accommodation: Basic
    Max Group Size: 8
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    An extraordinary landscape of volcanic mountains, sweeping moorlands, and cliffs that lurch towards the sea, the diamond-shaped Isle of Rum is as beautiful as it is wild.

    The largest of the Small Isles, Rum has been a National Nature Reserve since 1957 and holds many secrets beyond its rocky shores. From its soaring summits, where thousands of Manx shearwaters come to nest every summer, to its fascinating history that lingers in the topography of the land, Rum is quieter, wilder and more remote than some of its more famous counterparts.

    On this 6-day guided walking holiday, explore Rum’s captivating coastline, rolling heathery moors and hidden sandy coves. Spend time helping to protect these captivating landscapes and the wildlife that lives here by supporting the local rangers with a beach clean and wildlife count. Each evening, relax in an exclusive-use bunkhouse nestled on the edge of the sand and enjoy delicious seasonal food, stunning views and lovely company.

    Whether it’s the Rum ponies and their caramel-coloured manes blowing in a sea-stung breeze, or the breathtakingly dark skies, far from light pollution and studded with stars, this is a trip filled with moments that are sure to stay with you long after you’ve returned home.

    Trip Highlights

    • Spend time hiking through the wild beauty of Rum, enjoying spectacular views and wonderful wildlife.
    • On a privately chartered boat, sail to the enchanting Isle of Eigg to explore its diverse landscape and learn about its inspiring and unique community.
    • Give back in an intentional and meaningful way by participating in activities that focus on protecting and preserving the local biodiversity.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 - Welcome to Rum

    Join your Wilderness guide in Mallaig this morning and take the small white ferry to the Isle of Rum. Step onto the jetty in the sheltered bay of Kinloch and meet one of the National Nature Reserve rangers who will introduce you to this diamond-shaped isle. Settle into your lovely private bunkhouse, sitting out in the salty breeze to enjoy lunch and the sweeping views over the water. This afternoon, head out for a walk that curls its way around the shore, passing the striking yet strange Kinloch Castle, before winding its way through old crofting land and back along the seafront to your accommodation. (L, D)

    Day 2 - Hike to Kilmory Bay

    After enjoying breakfast with views across Loch Scresort, join your guide for a walk through Rum’s northern glens to a breathtaking, white sandy beach. As you walk, with the occasional shadow of a white-tailed eagle passing overhead, enjoy learning about the unique and interesting history of the island – from the tragic Highlands Clearances to the surprising story of the Bullough family. Descending to the beach, you’ll be met with one of the best views of Skye’s Cuillin Ridge on the entire west coast. As you meander back towards a well-earned dinner, look out for the undulating flight of meadow pipits and the friendly faces of highland cattle that roam freely across the island. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 18 km/11 miles | 225 m/740 ft ascent | approx. 4 – 5 hours

    Day 3 - Exploring the Isle of Eigg

    Today, on a privately chartered boat, sail over to the community-owned Isle of Eigg. Although one of the smallest of the Hebridean Islands, Eigg has an incredibly diverse landscape which ranges from singing sands to heathery moorland, featherbed bogs to deciduous woodland of alder, willow, hazel and oak. Accompanied by your guide, hike up the conical pitchstone peak of Sgurr of Eigg – an impressive remnant of the last volcanic eruption. The views from the top are spectacular in all directions, and on a clear day, you can see the mainland mountains of Lochaber. As you sail back to Rum this afternoon, watch for the dorsal fins of dolphins and the gentle huff of curious seals. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 8 km/5 miles | 403 m/1,320 ft ascent | approx. 3 – 4 hours

    Day 4 - Giving Back on Rum

    As seabirds take flight, white as moonlight against a sea-blown sky, spend a morning on an organised beach clean. From an expert ranger, learn about the biodiversity of the Small Isles and how we can better protect these precious islands. After lunch, enjoy some free time, perhaps cosying up by the wood burner with a book or going for a mellow stroll with your guide. You may wish to take this opportunity to dip into the waves for a wild swim, returning to shore for a steaming mug of tea. Regardless of how you choose to spend your time, soak up the peaceful calm that comes from spending time in a landscape far from city lights. This evening, enjoy a tasting of the local Askival rum and celebrate a day truly well spent. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 - Hike Rum’s Northern Peaks

    In the fresh morning air, hike up Hallival and Barkeval, Rum’s most northerly summits. From Kinloch, gain height gradually as you follow a mountain stream onto a broad, rocky ridgeline. The tiny burrows that pepper the ground here are home to Manx shearwaters, Britain’s longest-living bird. Paired for life, they return each spring from the Atlantic to breed, filling the warm evening air with their eerie and melancholic calls. Upon reaching Barkeval, enjoy incredible views over to Harris Bay. As you descend, look out for the russet red coats of red deer, the population of which has been studied since 1972 – making it one of the longest-running research projects of a large mammal anywhere in the world. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 13.5 km/ 8.5 miles | 884 m/2,900 ft ascent | approx. 5 – 7 hours

    Day 6 - Wildlife Survey and Depart

    On your final morning on this ruggedly beautiful island, join a local ranger to help conduct a wildlife survey. Depending on the time of year, you may walk to an otter hide or assist in counting certain species of bird. Listen out for the high piping cries of oystercatchers and the bubbling call of curlews as you connect with the landscape and all the life it supports. Later this afternoon, board the ferry back to the Mallaig and watch the distinctive silhouette of Rum fade gently into a hazy sky. Back on the mainland, bid farewell to your guide and head back to the train station to begin your journey home. (B, L)

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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    We will be based in a private bunkhouse in the tiny island village of Kinloch. It has been recently refurbished and includes a drying room, a well-equipped kitchen, and a spacious living and dining area with a log burner and stunning views of the loch.

    There are 4 dormitory-style bedrooms, which will be allocated to males and females separately. Each bed has a reading light and a USB charging port and all bedding is provided. There are shared bathroom facilities with five toilets and six showers.

    Solo Travellers

    There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with other travellers of the same sex.

    Meals Read More

    This trip is all inclusive, meaning all meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 6 are provided.

    The accommodation team will keep us well fed with freshly prepared cooked breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals, using local produce. Included dinners are two courses as standard. Special dietary requirements can be catered for.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 5 nights accommodation in an exclusive-use bunkhouse.
    • All meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide throughout
    • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Mallaig
    • A private boat charter with an experienced local skipper
    • Talk from a local ranger
    • Volunteering opportunities including a wildlife survey and a beach clean.
    Trip Grading Read More

    Blue Graded 4-6

    Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

    This trip also includes a chance to give back to the local communities and environment and do a voluntary beach clean or another task depending on what the island rangers require help with. It doesn’t matter if you have never done anything like this before, just be prepared to get stuck in and possibly get your hands a little dirty!

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at Mallaig Railway Station at 8:30am on Day 1 of your trip. The trip will conclude at Mallaig Railway Station at 6:00pm on the final day of the trip.

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    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Blue Graded Walking Holidays

    Blue graded walking holidays are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

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