A Roam Round Rùm Expedition

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May 17

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40km (25 miles), 3 days walking

COVID-19 statement -

At the time of making this event live (Oct 2020) it is unknown what restrictions and requirements will be in place to attend this activity in May 2021. Additionally as this event is reliant on using a public ferry, it is also dependant upon the ferry timetable in place at the time, as this event is planned around the standard summer timetable. 

Please also be aware that it is intended that a Zoom call will be organised ahead of the event that all attendees will be required to join.

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This expedition is a very challenging event -

> You need to have a good level of fitness and ability to look after yourself in remote country

> You must be confident in scrambling, particularly as you will be scrambling with a substantial amount of kit on your back

> The route covers 25 miles over which you will be carrying all of your own equipment and food which may weigh 15-20kg.

If you are unsure if this event is for you please contact the event leader for advice before signing up.

Catch the ferry and come explore one of the jewels of the Inner Hebrides. Rùm is a generally undeveloped scottish island due to it's modern history - the island was owned and run from the 1880s until 1957 as a private hunting reserve by the Bulloughs, wealthy Lancashire industrialists, with no access permitted to the public; and even until recent times it's status as a nature reserve meant that tourism was discouraged.  We will be doing a circuit of a large part of the island so you will get a good chance of spotting the Rùm deer, as well as all the other wildlife.  Our route is on a mix of paths, tracks and rough terrain (where we will be off any tracks).

Day 1 (Monday) 

We will meet up in Mallaig to catch the ferry at 10am to Rùm - this arrives at Rùm for 11:30.  We walk along the road with all the other tourists to Kinloch Castle, but go round the back of the castle to pick up our path - this is where we leave the tourists behind and the uphill starts! Our route takes us over the summits of Hallival, Askival and Trollabhal before dropping down a glen to pitch our tents for the night.  Note all three summits require scrambling, the summit of Askival has no option to bypass the summit, the scrambling is at grade 1 level. 9km / 5.5 miles plus 1040 metres of ascent

Day 2 (Tuesday)

We break camp and wander down to Harris, where the Bullough family mausoleum is located, before starting to go up again. It is a lengthy climb across rough ground as we ascend the ridge that forms the hill of Orval, once up however we should get amazing views back across the Rùm cullin and across to Skye and the Outer Hebrides. We then drop down and round Orval, taking in Bloodstone Hill before descending Glen Guirdil to the bothy where we can set up our tents.  17km / 10.5 miles plus 670 metres of ascent

Day 3 (Wednesday)

The easiest of the three days starts with a walk along the coast to Kilmory before heading inland and back towards Kinloch.  14km / 8.7 miles plus 335 metres of ascent

This event is limited to 6 places for safety reasons under guidance from Mountaineering Scotland. The route is well away from civilisation and in the event of an accident we would require the assistance of mountain rescue to get the injured person out.

In the event of an adverse weather forecast this expedition may be altered or postponed by the event leader due to the higher level of risk involved with this type of activity. The leader will inform you approximately five days prior to the start of the event.

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