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This guidebook to walking and backpacking on Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna, Coll and Tiree includes a tough 55km backpack around the coast of Rum, a circuit of the Rum Cuillin and an ascent of An Sgurr (Eigg). The 16 routes across all these Western Isles of Scotland are suitable for a range of abilities exploring coasts, mountains and wilderness.
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The Small Isles, and the nearby Hebridean twins Coll and Tiree, offer adventurous walkers a fine range of routes, from the jagged volcanic peaks of the Cuillin on Rum to the beaches, dunes and machair pastures of its lower-lying neighbours. Many of the walks follow sublime coastlines, dotted with striking geological formations and teeming with wildlife.
Easier routes on Rum, along long-established paths, explore the National Nature Reserve with opportunities to spot deer, golden eagles, feral goats and Rum ponies along the way, and detailed information is included on each island's history, geology, wildlife, plants and flowers to help walkers make the most of their experience.
Rum is by far the largest of the Small Isles, and arguably the most mountainous island of its size in Britain. Rum's highest peaks, Askival and Ainshval are Corbetts, and it's also the smallest Scottish island to have a summit over 762m. A round of the Rum Cuillin is included in the guidebook, but walkers will also find there's much more to discover.
Eigg, second largergest of the Small Isles, lies a little less than 7km south-east of Rum, and boasts the most varied scenery and range of wildlife habitats. Canna is the westernmost and the second smallest of the Small Isles. It's linked to its tide separated sister, Sanday by a bridge and by sandbanks and a road a low tide.
Muck is the smallest and most fertile of the Small Isles. Muck is also known for its seal population, and for the porpoises in the surrounding waters. Coll and its near neighbour, Tiree are often referred to as the Hebridean Twins.
This guide describes 16 routes across Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna, Coll and Tiree, suitable for a wide range of abilities, and exploring coast, mountains and wilderness.
The Rum Bunkhouse, managed by the Isle of Rum Community Trust, is now open (autumn 2014) and has accommodation for up to 20 people in four mixed dorms and one twin room. There are two fully equipped kitchens and a lounge with a wood burning stove and sofas.
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Kinloch Castle hostel will be closed definitively from the end of May 2013. Funding for the construction of a new bunkhouse has just been announced (April 2013) and in the interim temporary, self-catering hostel accommodation next to the castle will be available from 8 June 2013. For more details contact:
|When to go|
|Ferries and flights|
|Maps, route finding and access|
|Safety and emergencies|
|What to take|
|Using this guide|
|Walk 1 A round of the Rum Cuillin|
|Walk 2 The Dibidil Horseshoe|
|Walk 3 Around the coast of Rum|
|Walk 4 Kinloch to Guirdil|
|Walk 5 The Guirdil Horseshoe|
|Walk 6 Around Rum’s western hills|
|Walk 7 Kinloch to Kilmory Bay or Harris|
|Walk 8 An Sgùrr and Grulin|
|Walk 9 Around the coast and cliffs of north Eigg|
|Walk 10 Around the coast of Canna|
|Walk 11 Around Sanday|
|Walk 12 Around the coast of Muck|
|Walk 13 Coll’s western tip|
|Walk 14 Ben Hogh and the Breachacha castles|
|Walk 15 Tiree’s east coast|
|Walk 16 Tiree’s west coast and three highest points|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Accommodation|
|Appendix C Further reading|