Red Deer on Rum
Red Deer on Rum
The Isle of Rum lies some 20 miles off the UK mainland and is accessed by the ports of Mallaig and Arisaig.
There is a breathtakingly beautiful 2-hour journey by boat, passing down the Sleat peninsula on Skye and past the Isle of Eigg. The ferry docks on Rum in the deep and rugged harbour of Kinloch, over shadowed by Kinloch Castle and the mountains around the bay.
Rum is approximately 26,000 acres and one of the most famous open hill deer forests in Scotland. The red deer thrive in our relatively mild climate and graze on the lush pasture which has made the Rum deer herd famous for its size of Stags, both in body mass and antler growth.
Across the 26,000 acres, there is a bit of hill to suit every ability and fitness. Deer extraction is carried out by the Ghillies and the highland ponies (Garrons) but we also use Argocats and a bit of old fashioned dragging in some places.
The views are perhaps the biggest distraction when out stalking. It is hard for even the most serious sportsman to concentrate on their stag, when they are surrounded by the most wonderful scenery anywhere in the world.
From Rum, you can see the Isles of Skye, Muck, Eigg, Canna, Soay, Mull, Coll, Tiree and even out to the outerebridean isles of the Uists and Barra not to mention the hills and mountains of the main land.
We can have up to 3 stalking parties on the hill on any one day. Guests may of course bring their own rifles, or we can provide estate rifles and we would encourage those that have never tried this form of sport to give it a go. Our stalker will be out with our guests at all times and will talk you through the day and how they see it unfolding. They also have a vast knowledge of the island and its history, and can point out some of the landmarks, both natural and man-made as you travel around the Island.
Guests will be met by our Head Stalker at the pier and taken to their accommodation. For guests staying on Rum, we use Ivy Cottage B&B at the head of the harbour, which offers first class accommodation, delicious food and can sleep up to 6 guests. We can accommodate larger groups in the Bunkhouse. This recently opened building can sleep up to 20 guests, and we can organise catering (breakfast, piece (packed lunch) and evening meal), leaving guests free to fully enjoy their stay.
For guests looking for 1 or 2 stags we would recommend a minimum of a 2 night stay to allow them a full day out on the hill.
As well as stalking, the island also boasts a number of the most fabulous hills lochs, with stunning backdrops, where guests can pit their angling skills against wily brown trout. There is also a river that runs up through Kinloch where, at high tide, you can cast for sea trout.
Rum also has a population of wild Goats which need careful management to enhance the herd and protect the delicate habitats where they graze. We can also offer limited Billy Goat stalking which can be tremendously exciting given where these wild creatures spend their time. We have a self-imposed season for the Billy Goats which runs along side our stag season.
Our enthusiastic and highly motivated staff will guide you and inform you about the history of Rum, throughout your stay, starting from the moment you step off the boat. For a truly unique island experience, in a landscape unrivalled anywhere in the highlands, contact us and we can tailor a package that is right for you and your friends. We look forward to meeting you.