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The Magical Isle of Rum
Tue, 5 Sep 2017, 08:00 – Sat, 9 Sep 2017, 17:00 BST
ISLE OF RUM EXPEDITION
Come and join us on our 5 day expedition over to the beautiful Isle of Rum. This magical island is nestled within the small isles of Scotland, being the largest out of the small isles and also the 15th largest island in Scotland albeit only housing around 30 islanders thus giving a wild, jaw dropping remote setting! This magical island provides some of the earliest known evidence of human occupation in Scotland dating back some impressive 8500 years ago and has witnessed the passing of the Norse, Medieval Scottish, numerous clan rulings plus many more passings over the centuries which we will cover whilst on the island.
The Isle of Rum has outstanding opportunities for observing wildlife in its natural environment
One of the largest Manx Shearwater colonies in the world
Over 900 Red Deer
Golden and white tailed eagles
Rum ponies which were first recorded in 1774 & 1775*
Over 250 feral Goats
Around 30 wild highland cattle
Plus many species of Plants and Insects
*Rum holds the oldest Highland Pony stud in the world with currently 18 ponies on the island with these rare ancient bloodlines*
Whats involved on this trip?
We will have 3 full days on the island and we aim to make the absolute most of your time there.
We will be traversing the Rum cuilin ridge which we will complete over 2 days staying the night at one of Rum’s 2 bothies or wild camping (decision is yours).
We will visit the glens of Kilmory, Harris and Dibidil, Searching for the impressive red deer herds, white tailed and golden eagles and visiting the homes of the manx sheerwater, which live high up on the sides of cuilin mountains.
There will also be other activities laid on such as a tour of the only habited part of the island – Kinloch and its stunning castle. Star gazing with the possibility of witnessing the northern lights. BBQ plus lots of opportunities to cast eye on the local wildlife
Take a bike ride through the Island to the remote Glen’s and witness some spectacular views across to the incredible cuilin ridge of the Isle of Skye. The islands of Eigg and Canna and beyond!
The rum cuilin ridge is made up of Barkival, Hallival, Askival, Torlloval, Ainshaval, 759m Top Sgurr nan Gillean
*Rum can be split into three main geological regions: the Torridonian sandstones of the north and east, the western granites and the central igneous zone of the Rum Cuillin range. 60 million years ago, magma began to accumulate under the British Isles welling up through faults, many of which are familiar to us today: the Highland Boundary Fault and the Great Glen Fault, for example. The Camasunary Fault is an area of deep water between Rum and mainland Scotland.
On Rum, magma domed up along the Main Ring Fault, raising the earth’s surface by some 2,000 metres. After the release of the pressure of the magma the huge dome collapsed forming a massive caldera over the southern half of Rum. The magma pushed up Lewisian Gneiss as it rose from beneath the Torridonian sandstone. This gneiss is some of the oldest rock in the world at nearly 3 billion years old. The caldera was slowly filled in by further eruptions and collapses of the surrounding walls, forming the layered structures of Hallival and Askival. When the eruptions eventually stopped the Rum volcano was subjected to erosion and repeated periods of glaciation, sculpting the island into its current shape.
Swedish researchers have revealed that Rum may once have been a supervolcano two or three kilometres high. Sixty million years of erosion by glaciers, wind and rain have reduced the mountain to what remains of Rum’s cuillin ridge today.** Taken from http://www.isleofrum.com/heritagegeology.php
****Cost for the 5 day expedition only £460pp – See below for what is included!****
Whats included in the price?
Return Ferry ticket from Mallaig to the Isle of Rum
3 night’s accommodation
Tent hire if you wish to wild camp and not sleep in the bothy
Castle tour (Kinloch)
Qualified Mountain leader with previous experience on the island
Qualified Rescue and Emergency care first aider with you every step of the way
Almost guaranteed chance to spot Red deer and other wild life and superb scenery!
A Truly memorable experience
Monday – Arrive off the ferry, check into accommodation. Castle tour and local walk (Coire Dubh) returning back to the accommodation in the evening
Tuesday – Early start departing for the Rum Cuilin ridge. Wildcamp and bothy stay in the evening (totally up to you where you chose to sleep). Star gazing in the evening. During the day we will be visiting the homes of the Manx Sheerwater’s that inhabit the island as well as keeping an eye out for the deer’s, Golden and white tailed Eagles.
Wednesday – Rum Cuilin and return back to Kinloch. BBQ and walk round Kinloch village.
Thursday – Bike ride over to Kilmory Glen and Glen Harris – Flora and Fauna of the island plus history of the island and its wildlife. Return back to Kinloch after dark. The main population of Deer habit these areas so prime for spotting.
Friday – Head over to the Otter hide then depart on ferry.