Island of Rum Experience

Experience the history and mysticism of one of Scotland's most captivating islands on this one day slow adventure with Minch Adventures and island friends.

When looking out towards the ring of the inner Hebrides, at Skye, Eigg and Muck, the giant jagged peaks of the Isle of Rum catches the eye and the adventurer within.  The largest island in the small isles archipelago, Rum’s mountain crags were formed some 65 million years ago as a result of an underwater volcanic eruption and are maimed by glaciers that forced their way through the island during the Ice Age.  Even the names of the Rum Cuillin are enough to capture the imagination, such as the Old Norse names of Askival (‘mountain of the ash trees’), Ainshval (‘hill of the strongholds’) or Trollaval (‘mountain of the trolls’).

Historical records date back as early as the first documentation of human settlement in Scotland, with evidence of hunger-gatherer activity on the island dating back to between 7700 and 7500 BC.  It is thought that settlers were drawn to Rum by the outcrop of helliotrope, or bloodstone, which was used to make tools and weapons.

From the Celtic and Norse settlers, through the various clans that occupied the island in the 12th and 13th centuries, to the clearances of the 19th century, discover more about the layers of geology, social geography and mystery of Rum with Bill of Minch Adventures and island friends.

Begin the day by cruising out of Mallaig aboard Minch Adventures’ vessel, the Cyfish, towards the looming Isle of Rum.  Once disembarked on the shore, hop in a local’s Land Rover for a short journey across to the western side of the island. Head out on a guided walk to discover the mist-strewn mountains and dark-green forest of this nature reserve. Spot local wildlife, includingRum’s famous red deer population, before learning the ropes of Bill’s lifelong passion, fly-fishing.

Take this opportunity to experience some of the best brown trout fishing in the Highlands. After years roaming the hinterlands and lochs of the mainland, Bill now shares this fly-fishing paradise with visitors to the island.

Enjoy a guided wildlife tour with the Rum wildlife ranger and forage in the island’s woodland.  Add a slice of the esoteric to the day with a tour of the decadent Kinloch Castle, a 19th century mansion which was built by the textile tycoon Sir George Bullough.

End this colourful day with a barbecue at Kinloch’s Harbour Hut.  Enjoy the delights of freshly caught fish and forage wild food and soak in the view of the bay.  Relax to the pace of island life, chat with locals, try a few drams, and there may be a tune or two…!

There is so much to discover on one of Scotland’s most captivating islands.  Join Minch Adventure and island friends to delve into the mysteries and tales of this beautiful rugged place.

Time – 10 hours

Cost – £750

Ideal group size – 5

Dates – on request

Private bookings only

To enquire or book your Island of Rum Experience, please get in touch here.

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