Kinloch Village Campsite
That elusive perfect setting is something that all campers search for. Some campers long for luxury while others yearn for a true back to nature experience. Whatever side of the camping fence you pitch on, few could doubt the undeniable allure of this semi-wild site nestled on the otherworldly Hebridean Isle of Rum. The views from (and of) this lush yet rocky outcrop are, alongside neighbouring Eigg, amongst the most magnificent vistas in Scotland.
Kinloch's facilities are basic (though there are camping cabins and bothies nearby) but who comes to a place like this for a weekend of preening and pampering? Though getting here is no mean feat, the ferry journey across really sets the tone of adventure. Your odyssey by boat and foot (cars can occasionally be taken across by special arrangement) makes it all the more worthwhile; when that last tent peg is bashed into the ground, you can finally survey your awe-inspiring home for the weekend. The island and it's surrounding waters are a abuzz with all manner of wildlife including such marine wonders as grey seals, minke whales and even the gargantuan summer visitor, the basking shark.
For those seeking silence, solitude and that special meditative state that only nature at her most elemental can imbue, Kinloch Village Campsite is the spot for you.
FacilitiesThe campsite is a great base for exploring locally around Kinloch. Common and grey seals are seen regularly and both Golden and White-tailed Eagles can be seen and heard overhead. Common Sandpipers and Greenshank are summer visitors.
The site is nestled along the shore of Loch Scresort with approx.15 pitches for campers to choose from upon arrival. As Rum is accessed by ferry, by far the majority of visitors are on foot (though special arrangements can be made for vehicles; contact the Rum Ranger). Next to the Visitor Centre, to the east of the site, lie the main facilities. There are 2 toilets, 2 hot showers, 2 wooden shelters, 2 picnic benches, 2 fresh water taps, 2 washing basins (cold water only). No electricity.
Suitable ForTents, large groups (by prior arrangement), well-behaved dogs – yes.
Kinloch Castle is a 5 minute walk from the campsite and has a daily tour of the main reception rooms. There is also a craft shop and General Store a 10 minute stroll away. A good launch pad for days out on Rum National Nature Reserve, with easy access to the Rum Cuillin mountains and the long running deer project, of BBC Autumnwatch fame, at Kilmory.
Food & Drink
A tea-shop/cafe runs daily through the summer months in the Village Hall. Rum Shop is licensed for off-sales and is superbly stocked for your every need.
Opening TimesAll year.
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