Isle of Rum Events 2013

In addition to the listed events we also have regular ranger walks and talks from April onwards through the summer season as follows:

Evening Talk: An Introduction to Rum

If you want an insight into Rum’s natural and cultural heritage, then you’re welcome to attend this twice weekly lecture. Covering all sorts of topics from the sea eagle re-introduction to Rum’s Mesolithic industrial heyday.
Please note: This talk runs every Tuesday & Thursday at 8.15 pm in the Community Hall during the summer season. No need to book, all welcome. £3/£1.50

Discover Rum (guided walk)

Have you ever wondered why Mesolithic man was living in this remote wilderness nearly 8,000 years ago? Did you know that Manx Shearwaters are by far the most common bird species on the island, but why don’t you ever see them during the day? Join the Community Ranger on this relaxing two hour walk and find out the answers, see some amazing wildlife and discover much more.

Please note: This guided walk is aimed at Wednesday day trippers, so if you’ve been on the island for a few days, this probably isn’t for you. If it is however, you can either turn up and buy tickets on the day, or book through Caledonian MacBrayne ferries Ltd (but this will be extra as this package includes bus travel to and from Fort William and ferry out). Meet at the ferry terminal at 11.45 for a two hour (easy walk, of just under 2 miles).£5/£2.50

Rum Seabird and Dolphin Experience onboard the MV Sheerwater (boat trip)

Rum is surrounded by an extremely rich marine environment and is one of the best places in Europe for seeing seabirds and cetaceans. During this two hour mini pelagic trip to the Island of Soay, encounter our most important breeding bird, the Manx Shearwater doing what it does best. There’s a good chance of seeing a range of other sea life too, including minke whale, basking shark, harbour porpoise, bottle-nosed and common dolphins, or even rarer species like the sun fish, killer whale or leatherback turtle.

Please note: this trip runs from late April –Mid September, but will run on every Thursday over that period unless weather bad. Meet at the ferry terminal at c12.30, back 14.30-15.00. Interested parties or individuals need to register their interest in advance (at least the day before if possible). Please contact the Rangeronranger@isleofrum.com £10/5.

Where Eagles Dare (guided walk)

Fortunately no Burtons or Eastwoods here, but plenty of the real thing…. golden and white-tailed sea eagles. On this two & a half hour tour into Rum’s interior, experience first hand the eagle environment, and of course the birds themselves. Within a spectacular setting, learn about their identification, breeding biology, ecology and behaviour of Scotland’s biggest birds of prey. A true Highland experience, not to be missed.

Please note: Runs every Friday morning (09.30-12.30).

This guided walk is considered easy to moderate as covers a distance of approximately four miles but on a relatively good surface. This walk may be cancelled at short notice if weather bad (eagles don’t like the wind and rain).  £5/£2.50.  No need to book, unless a large group.

April

1st April – Spring Fayre
Our first Market Day of the season to celebrate the lengthening days and shortening nights. As Rum wakes up from winter we’ll be showcasing our creativity, peddling our produce and toting our crafts for sale – at the Craft Shop.

2nd April – Ranger led otter walk
Spend the morning with the ranger exploring the beautiful coastline along the south side of Loch Scresort between Port Na Caranean and Caves Bay in search of the European Otter, an area of the island which has always been a well known otter hot spot. We’ll search for tracks and signs of this elusive and iconic Highland species and hopefully we’ll spot one too!
Please note: This four hour walk sometimes runs along uneven and boggy ground, so please come prepared. Binoculars and telescope are provided. Places for guided walk are limited so booking is absolutely essential. Please email Mike Werndly for further information or to book a place on ranger@isleofrum.com

13th April – Ranger led Meet the locals – The Manx Shearwater: Night-time colony guided Walk
If you wish to learn more about the amazing ecology and behaviour of this nocturnal species (on land anyway) and the current research that’s being carried out on Rum, then you’re welcome to join island staff from SNH and the local community from 1900 for a short lecture followed directly by a guided night time walk up to our nearest mountain colony on Hallival. Shearwaters return to their high top burrows to breed, and here you will sense the awakening of the  shearwater city as the rushing wing beats of the first arrivals are heard in the darkness. Soon the air is filled with birds, many calling eerily. The cacophony crescendos as birds call on the wing and from the ground, some on the surface, others from within burrows. This will certainly leave you with a lasting impression!
Please note: This guided walk is hard, as terrain is uneven and difficult in places, but not impossible. And it will be dark of course! If you’re accustomed to mountain walking, then this walk should not pose any significant problems. Participants of the night time guided colony walk up to Hallival (c.600-675m) are asked to be at the Community Hall by 19.00. We will aim to leave at 20.00, and the outward walk up will take between 1 –2 hours. We aim to be back down in Kinloch at approximately 02.00-02.30. As you’ll be out in mountainous terrain for many hours in the dark, it is imperative that you bring a reliable head torch (and spare batteries), appropriate footwear and warm/waterproof clothing (a chocolate bar and a flask is a good bet too!). Places for guided walk are limited so booking is absolutely essential. Please email Mike Werndly for further information or to book a place on ranger@isleofrum.

 

20th April – Ranger led Kilmory Beach Clean and BBQ
It is estimated that over one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals die every year from entanglement or ingestion of plastic. It is a huge global issue representing a major threat to many species. Plastic never biodegrades, it just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces and never disappears. It comes from many sources – the public, fishing activities and shipping. Unfortunately, like many others, our coast is littered with tonnes of plastic from fishing buoys to old welly boots. Please lend us your muscles to clean one of our most beautiful beaches at Kilmory, meet some of  the locals and enjoy a lunch time BBQ too. Please note: Event free, and all welcome (donation for BBQ appreciated).Meet at Kilmory at c.11.00. There may be lifts available, so please contact the Ranger ranger@isleofrum.com nearer the time.

20th April – SNH Land Rover Safari to Harris to celebrate John Muir Day
Limited Places, please book on 01687 462026 or lesley.watt@snh.gov.uk

28th April – Seznec Brothers gig 8.30pm at the Village Hall, tickets £7 on the door.
The Seznec Brothers have played music together for about 20 years. Their influences and musical interests are vast, ranging from Appalachian banjo music to old field recordings to 20th century electroacoustic composition by way of 1960s West African pop and interactive sound art. Using mostly acoustic instruments including gourd banjos, pianos, guitars, the brothers defy strict catergorisation. Their music is strongly rooted in tradition yet forward looking, introspective yet universal, straightforward yet complex. Info: seznecbros.com

May

7th May – Ranger led Spring Flower walk
After a pretty dark wet and windy winter, we look forward to seeing many of our flowering plants again in the spring. Join the Ranger on this relaxing walk around Kinloch Glen and Village as we get close to a wide variety of moorland flowers as well as the inspiring combination of bluebells and primroses within the village woodlands.
Please note: Guided walk (easy walk), meeting point is outside Community Hall at 09.30, back at c.12.30.All welcome and no need to book.£5/2.50

Anniversary Ceilidh 10th May
This year’s ceilidh will be on Friday May 10th to celebrate 3 years of community ownership. Book your accomodation soon or get yersel a tent…fabulous weather and good craic guaranteed! Tickets £10 (concessions) on the door.

20th May – Ranger led Biodiversity of the Rocky Shore
When you look at the shore it might seem pretty empty, but in fact it is full of hidden life. If you dig in the sand, turn over a pebble or peer into a rock pool, you can discover lots of fascinating animals and plants, the diversity is quite amazing. If you fancy getting a closer look at this hidden world of wracks and anemones, then roll up your sleeves and explore Loch Scresort with the Ranger at low Tide from 09.30
Please note: Guided walk (easy to moderate as beach potentially slippery), meeting point is outside Community Hall at 09.30, back at c.12.30. All welcome and no need to book.£5/2.50

21st May – Ranger led Rum Geology Day
Like many other places in the Highlands, Rum is testimony to a long and turbulent geological history. If you would like to find out more, please join local expert Jim Blair from the Lochaber Geopark as he takes you back to the islands formation. This relaxing guided walk will take you up onto the lower reaches of Hallival and Coire Dubh, so a relatively good level of fitness is required. Please wear appropriate footwear,clothing and some lunch as we’ll be out all day. If you feel that a relatively high level climb is not your thing, there’s still a chance to learn more about Rum’s past as Jim will also be giving a geology lecture in the community Hall from 20.15.
Please note:This guided walk is moderately hard, if you’re accustomed to hill walking you’ll be fine.Places for this guided walk are limited so booking is absolutely essential. Please email Mike Werndly for further information or to book a place on ranger@isleofrum.com

28th May – Ranger led Our Ancestors
Even though the mountains and glens are now empty of people, their past still resonates within us wherever we are on the island. This is particularly apparent at Port nan Carannan, one of a handful of scattered old townships throughout the island. Here we will explore Rum’s human past. Meet outside the Community Hall at 09.30 (no need to book). Back in Kinloch at c14.00 so bring a bite to eat.

June

1st & 2nd Wildlife Photography Workshop Weekend
Photographing nature can be rewarding but difficult. If you’re one of those people that often ends up capturing the furry or feathered behind of something fuzzy, or you’ve completely missed anything that’s even vaguely furry or fuzzy and want to improve your DSLR skills in the field, then this workshop is for you! Help turn around your future photographic opportunities by joining professional photographer George Logan from Scottish Photography and IRCT Ranger Mike Werndly on this short weekend course. It’s aimed at entry level participants and will focus on many things from macro, aperture and composition during informal indoor sessions and some great outdoor walks. Please note: Places for this weekend course are limited so booking is absolutely essential. Please email Mike Werndly for further information or to book a place on ranger@isleofrum.com Please bring all camera equipment as not provided. £20/10 kids

10th June The Moths and butterflies of Rum

June is a fantastic time of year to see many of the butterfly and moth species found on Rum. In the morning, join the Ranger from 8am in the Community Hall and take a much closer look at some of Rum’s fantastic moth species and help dispel any myth that moths are drab in any way! After lunch from 2pm you are welcome to come along on a butterfly walk up Kinloch Glen and learn more about butterfly recording and hopefully see many of the specialties of Kinloch Village.

Please note: Guided walk over easy ground. Informal morning moth trapping session from 08.00-09.30 in the Community Hall. Butterfly walk starts at 14.00 (meet outside Community Hall), back around 16.30.Free event

11th June – Tree Identification workshop

Unless you live on Orkney or the Antarctic, trees are ever-present. Indeed many of us will stop to take time to appreciate their diversity, beautiful shapes, colours and textures without knowing what species we’re actually looking at. If you need help to make accurate identifications or just want a bit of practice then join the ranger on this three hour morning workshop around the woodlands of Kinloch.

Please note: Guided walk easy. Meet at the Community Hall at 09.30.£5/£2.50

21st & 22nd June – Meet the locals: Rum’s Red Deer (midsummer camping trip) Take this great midsummer opportunity to join staff from the Kilmory Deer Project who will be closely monitoring pregnant female red deer at this time of year. Most calves born each year are caught within a few days of birth, and these are marked for future identification, weighed, and tissue samples taken for later genetic analysis, so you’ll be getting a privileged insight into some of the projects important research. Kilmory is a fantastic place at any time of year, but the long days and close overnight proximity means that hopefully you’ll get to discover a whole new side to the island’s wildlife.

Please note :Numbers limited ,so booking essential, please contact the Ranger for further information on ranger@isleofrum.com Please bring all food and camping equipment and suitable clothing. Binoculars and scope provided. Personal camping equipment will be taken down to Kilmory by Land Rover on the Friday at 3pm (meet outside Community Hall), and the group will leave soon

after on foot with the ranger for evening watching (eating and pitching tents will be fitted in around this time too, it’s all pretty informal). It’s a 5 mile walk (taking 2 hours) on a rough track, so is classified as a moderate walk. Saturday morning we’ll be up early again for more of the same, but with an option of eagle or otter watching. Land Rover leaves back for Kinloch with equipment at 3pm, for those wishing to catch evening ferry. NO DOGS PLEASE. £10/£5

July

Market Day – every Wednesday throughout July
Come and sample Rum’s finest Rum-grown, Rum-baked, or Rum-reared produce, check out Rum crafted, created and inspired gifts. Treat yourself or find the perfect present. Jams, chutneys, pickles and preserves, foraged foodstuffs, freshly baked goodies, hand knitted and crocheted items, Rum merchandise and a showcase of our islanders arty, crafty, talented types all on offer between ferries on a Wednesday.

2nd July – Ranger led Damsels and Dragons
Dragonflies and damselflies are really the essence of summer and there can be few more enjoyable ways of spending a morning than strolling along one of our many burns or sitting quietly at the edge of a lochan to watch their activities. Dragonflies and damselflies are fascinating insects with complex behavioural traits that are often easy to observe as they flutter and dart among the fringing plants. This guided walk aims to delve into their often unseen lives and will help you to understand their behaviour in the field. Through a bit of hands-on dipping, we’ll also learn about their fascinating alien-like life stages.
Please note: Guided village walk, easy. Meet at the Community Hall at 09.30 (for 2 hours dipping fun) £5/£2.50

3rd and 4th July – Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario
Join Theoretical Zombiologist Doctor Austin for an interactive spoof tutorial on the real science behind a disease outbreak. Putting you at the heart of a hypothetical Zombieism outbreak, you’ll learn what to do should a Zombie outbreak occur. Certified by the Zombie Institute for Theoretical Studies, the tutorial features a multi-media presentation, practical demonstrations and audience participation.

Supported by the Scottish Government, Wellcome Trust and University of Glasgow.

http://www.zombiescience.co.uk www.facebook.com/zombiescience

12th July – Ranger led Kids Biodiversity Afternoon
Through hands-on games and exploration, take up Ranger Mike’s challenge to spot as many different animals and plants in one afternoon as possible or take a closer look at the shore wars or follow a limpet trail. During our last activity, use your speed, strength and brain power to help your team mates win the biodiversity race! Please note: Energetic exploring and games, so relatively good fitness required. Meet outside Community Hall at 13.00(16.00 finish).£5 adults, kids go free. All welcome, no need to book.

13th July – Small Isles Games
The annual Small Isles games held on Eigg, Muck, Canna or Rum will this year be hosted here on Rum on Saturday 13th July.

15th July – Ranger led Storm Petrels (Evening Excursion)
Storm petrels are tiny seabirds that breed on remote Scottish islands and headlands in the summer months, and like their larger cousins the manx shearwater, they spend the majority of their lives out at sea. Being such a small and vulnerable species they are easy targets for gulls, so they remain far out at sea during the day. At night it’s a different story because it’s safe to forage around our inshore waters closer to the island with fewer predators, and it is here that they are easier to monitor. If you would like to learn more about this enigmatic species then you’re welcome to join the Ranger during this night time monitoring session. Here, storm petrels are captured under licence by use of mist nets (a safe, tried and tested method), from which they are carefully extracted by trained bird ringers. They are then ringed, weighed/measured and quickly released. The information gained from this study  helps build a clearer picture of the species demography.
Please note: Guided walk moderate as uneven in places and as access to and from net site is undertaken in the dark, sincere thought must be taken before undertaking event. Please come with appropriate clothing (including head torch) and footwear. Places for this guided walk are limited so booking is absolutely essential. Please email Mike Werndly for further information or to book a place on ranger@isleofrum.com As event is dependent on good weather, a last minute cancellation may apply. Approximate timings ;meet outside Community Hall at 20.00 back in village at 0300..£5/£2.50

19th July – The Screen Machine, at the pier afternoon & evening screening, tickets £7 adult / £5.50 conc.
Screen Machine is an 80-seat, air conditioned and 3D-ready mobile cinema which brings the latest films to remote and rural areas of Scotland. Screen Machine tours 25-30 communities in the Highlands and Western Islands and each tour lasts 8-10 weeks. Screen Machine also appears at selected film festivals. Barbecue and popcorn available between screenings. Film screenings and actual times to be announced.

27th July – Midgefest
Our second  annual Midgefest will be held on Saturday 27th July. Join us for a bitingly good time celebrating the Rum wildlife which most makes it’s tiny presence felt to islanders and visitors alike. If you can’t beat em celebrate ’em! More details coming soon at http://midgefest.blogspot.co.uk

 August

7th August – Market Day 
Join us for our last Market Day of the summer season.

26th August – Ranger led Kids Biodiversity Afternoon
T
hrough hands-on games and exploration, take up Ranger Mike’s challenge to spot as many different animals and plants in one afternoon as possible or take a closer look at the shore wars or follow a limpet trail. During our last activity, use your speed, strength and brain power to help your team mates win the biodiversity race!
Please note: Energetic exploring and games, so relatively good fitness required. Meet outside Community Hall at 13.00(16.00 finish).£5 adults, kids go free. All welcome, no need to book.

27th August – Ranger led A Rum Pony Insight with Lesley Watt
Join SNH Reserve Officer Lesley Watt on an up close and personal look at the island’s favourite four legged friend, the Rum Pony. Please Note: Guided walk easy. Meet outside Community Hall at 13.30 (for about an hour with the ponies). All welcome (free)

September

2nd September – Ranger led Beginners Guide to Fungi
Slow right down and fix your eyes to the ground  this September as we hunt the many fungi that will be on show around Kinloch during autumn. Enthuse over some of Scotland’s 12,000 species of fungi; they come in all shapes and sizes, colours and smells so they’re a great group for us to have a look at. Come along, get your book out and let’s get into these great organisms!
Please note. Guided walk easy. Please meet Community Hall at 09.30 (we’ll back for lunch!. All welcome, no need to book.£5/£2.50

7th September – Ranger led Meet the Locals – The Manx Shearwater; Night-time colony guided walk
If you wish to learn more about the amazing ecology and behaviour of this nocturnal species (on land anyway) and the current research that’s being carried out on Rum, then you’re welcome to join island staff from SNH and the local community from 1900 for a short lecture followed directly by a guided night time walk up to our nearest mountain colony on Hallival. Shearwaters return to their high top burrows to breed, and here you will sense the awakening of the  shearwater city as the rushing wingbeats of the first arrivals are heard in the darkness. Soon the air is filled with birds, many calling eerily. The cacophony crescendos as birds call on the wing and from the ground, some on the surface, others from within burrows. This will certainly leave you with a lasting impression!
Please note: This guided walk is hard, as terrain is uneven and difficult in places, but not impossible. And it will be dark of course! If you’re accustomed to mountain walking, then this walk should not pose any significant problems. Participants of the night time guided colony walk up to Hallival (c.600-675m) are asked to be at the Community Hall by 19.00.We will aim to leave at 20.00, and the outward walk up will take between 1 –2 hours. We aim to be back down in Kinloch at approximately 02.00-02.30. As you’ll be out in mountainous terrain for many hours in the dark, it is imperative that you bring a reliable head torch (and spare batteries), appropriate footwear and warm/waterproof clothing (a chocolate bar and a flask is a good bet too!). Places for guided walk are limited so booking is absolutely essential. Please email Mike Werndly for further information or to book a place on ranger@isleofrum.

21st September – Blasda
Our annual celebration of local food and drink. Expect Open Gardens, produce for sale and a bring and share pot luck supper to sample a taste of Rum.

28th September – SNH Seal pup spotting Expedition to Papadil
Limited places.  To book call 01687 462026 or lesley.watt@snh.gov.uk

October

5th and 12th October – Ranger led The Rum Rut; Guided walk to Kilmory with Ali Morris

Take the opportunity to discover the island’s wider natural heritage at one of nature’s greatest spectacles, the red deer rut. Due to the research that’s been carried out at Kilmory for over 40 years much is known about the red deer on the island. By joining field researcher Ali Morris you’ll not only get the chance to observe these majestic animals close at hand, you’ll get a first hand insight into the projects important work. Whether you’re into photography, animal behaviour or just want to know what it was like working with BBC’s Autumnwatch, it doesn’t matter; you’ll definitely appreciate the action. Please note: Guided walk moderate to hard as Kilmory is a 5 mile walk (one way).Meet outside Community Hall at 0930.We aim to be at Kilmory by 11.30 and depart by 13.30 (2hours in the field) back in Kinloch at c.530.All welcome, no need to book.£5/£2.50

15th October – Ranger led The Changing Season
During this walk we focus our thoughts on the complex relationship between climate and day length and the spectacle of migration. Many of our summer migrants such as swallow, willow warbler, and blackcap will be departing for warmer climes, whilst wildfowl and waders will be arriving from further north. Late summer butterflies will also be out on the wing on sunnier days and many fungi will be obvious among the damp forest glades. We can’t compete on the scale and spectacle of the North American fall, but out native trees offer a subtler show nevertheless. Please note: Guided walk easy.Meet outside Community Hall at 09.30 (back 12.30). All welcome no need to book, £5/£2.50

29th October – Ranger led Coastal Otter Walk
Spend the morning with the ranger exploring the beautiful coastline along the south side of Loch Scresort between Port Na Caranean and Caves Bay in search of the European Otter, an area of the island which has always been a well known otter hot spot. We’ll search for tracks and signs of this elusive and iconic Highland species and hopefully we’ll spot one too!
Please note: This four hour walk sometimes runs along uneven and boggy ground, so please come prepared. Binoculars and telescope are provided. Places for guided walk are limited so booking is absolutely essential. Please email Mike Werndly for further information or to book a place on ranger@isleofrum.com. Meet outside Community Hall at 09.30 (back 12.30-13.00). £5/£2.50

31st October – Halloween
Expect carved pumpkins, guising and ghosties against the spooky backdrop of our own crumbling castle.

November

5th November – Bonfire Night
Fireworks, barbecued Rum venison and whizz bangs aplenty!

December

7th December – Christmas Fayre
Our annual Christmas Fayre serving mince pies and mulled wine and selling a variety of handmade decorations, festive treats, Rum-made and inspired presents.

31st December – Hogmanay
Seeing out 2013 and welcoming in 2014 Rum Style, a shared supper with contributions from our talented Rum cooks and culinary creators

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