• Shiant Islands
  • Shiant Islands
  • Shiant Islands
  • Canna
  • Rona and Rassay
  • Scarp
  • Skye
  • Soay
  • Islands in the Minch
  • Mousa, Shetland
  • Mousa Broch, Shetland
  • Papa Stour, Shetland
  • Sumburgh Head, Shetland
  • Sumburgh Head, Shetland
  • Sumburgh Head, Shetland
  • Sumburgh Head, Shetland
  • Sumburgh Head, Shetland
  • Sumburgh Head, Shetland
  • Sumburgh Head, Shetland
  • Sumburgh Head, Shetland
  • Sumburgh Head, Shetland
  • Sumburgh Head, Shetland
  • Sumburgh Head, Shetland

The Isle of Rum

A fascinating island and one of Scotland's finest National Nature Reserves.

For many years, the "Forbidden Island" was closed off by the Bullough family. Used as a private sporting estate, landing on the island was by invitation only. Owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy Council (now Nature Scot) since 1957, Rum offers mountains, coast, vistas to the Small Isles and a great visitor experience. Having visited the island on many occasions, this page depicts some of my experiences.

Home to a variety of birds and animals including sea eagles, deer, goats, otters, seals and many others, Rum is a very special island with a unique geological history.

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Early Days

Summer 1979


My first visit to Rum and lucky to spend a month on the island working with the then Nature Conservancy Council and involved in the early years of the White Tailed Sea Eagle reintroduction project.

This was well before the days of owning an SLR cameras and digital photography hadn't even been thought about, let alone some of the digital techniques of today.

Enjoy a small selection of the images - with more to come from future visits....


Kilmory Beach

The Bullough Mausoleum at Harris Bay

Bloodstone Hill and Canna

With a long and varied history, Rum has many facets. Kilmory has been the base for research into Red deer for many years, whilst the Bullough Mausoleum marks the last resting place of the Bullough family who owned Rum as a private estate from 1838 through to 1957, when it was sold to the Nature Conservancy Council.

The largest of the Small Isles, Rum has magnificent views to the surrounding islands as well as the mainland. Canna is seen here, sitting behind Bloodstone Hill.

Askival

The Rum Cuillin

Loch Papadil

The Rum Cuillin hills provide a very distinguished profile for Rum and the traverse is a good day out. Askival is the highest of the Rum Cuillin and whilst I've climbed it several times, I've yet to have a view from the top.

Loch Papdil sits to the far south of the island - a lonely and remote part of the island.





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