June 13, 2012

Circumnavigation of Rum

Filed under: General — tattiehouse @ 15:51

So, on Sunday just gone, me and Ranger Mike (the best ranger on Rum) set out to circumnavigate Rum in the Kayaks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circumnavigation

Plan was to use the tide North out of the bay and then on the ebb, run down the “West Side” of Rum and pickup some of the tide later in the day to get back up the “East Side”….

Due to the ferry coming in in 20 minutes i need to make this quick so here’s the outcome.

http://www.bing.com/maps/?FORM=MMREDR for the map of Rum.

We started at 07:50 local time and stopped at Samhnan Insir, Guirdil, Wreck Bay and Dibidil on the way round and made it back at Kinloch for 18:30. All in all, a classic day around the island and 50km+ kayak.

On the wildlife front we saw common dolphins, and the usual sea birds Razorbill, Guillemots,Puffin,Fulmar,Kittiwakes etc.

So, due to time constraints, pictures tell the remaining story……

Mike @ Samhnan Insir

Guirdil Bothy

 Guirdil Beach

Wreck Bay

Me with Harris in the background.

Looking Cool on Wreck Bay.

Ruinsival and then the long drag home…..

A great day!



  1. Good blog with good photos. Fascinating place Rum. I wrote about the Salisbury Dam on my blog – http://exceptthekylesandwesternisles.blogspot.pt/2010/10/salisburys-dam.html – a while back and would be fascinated to see any photos which prove or disprove anything I may have said there. Anyway, look forward to hearing more about the challenges of doing up the Tattie House.

    Comment by neilking — June 14, 2012 @ 00:27

    • Hi Neil,

      I’ve just read your wee article and found it very interesting. The dams and cuttings are all still pretty visible and it really shows how interesting it must have been on Rum from 1850 onwards.

      With the catchment you mention, I noticed when i was at Guirdil on the weekend, the water table there must have a slower release of water into the burn as the flow was good considering it’s hardly rained here in 6 weeks. The Kinloch river is currently running at less than 20litres per second which is little more than a stream. I would have said the Guirdil stream was probably 10+ but given when the rain comes the Guirdil burn is nowhere near as big as Kinloch.

      Glad you enjoy the blog and thanks for getting in touch….


      Comment by tattiehouse — June 14, 2012 @ 09:19

  2. Hi Ian and Kate. Looks like you are having a fine time up there. Is there any work going on too! We hope we will be able to catch up with you both sometime. Mart and Jan

    Comment by martin — June 22, 2012 @ 09:47

    • Hi Mart,

      Trying to enjoy things when we can. The weather has turned up here now and it’s actually raining! Off on the Thursday trip to Soay today.
      As for the work, we don’t want to kill the job hence it may look like we’re not doing much!

      Hope Croatia is good! Just looked at the weather out there and it’s HOT!


      Comment by tattiehouse — June 28, 2012 @ 08:27

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