As part of the whole Back to Business thing I mentioned before we have been looking at our original business plan which included accommodation provision on the Croft. There is a whole spectrum of places to stay on Rum. You can bring your own kit and wild camp anywhere, whilst following the Scottish Outdoor Access Code , you can camp on the seashore campsite in Kinloch village which is close to the showers, toilets and village shop and hall. There are various other options including the community owned camping cabins and two private ventures by Rum residents of the Harbour Hut, a gorgeous little hut complete with indoor fire and the newly arrived Gypsy Waggon. There is the community owned Bunkhouse, a state of the art eco build also based in the village or at the other end of the accommodation spectrum is the family run guest house providing full board in luxury en suite rooms. With thousands of people visiting Rum every year, a ferry trip and hike out into the island to carry your kit there is both demand and market for yet more though.
Which is where we hope our niche is. A bell tent, kitted out with camp beds, sleeping bags, an outdoor kitchen, spectacular views, croft tours and the chance to experience off grid life here with us. We’ve set ourselves up on air bnb (check out our listing here) and are hoping it provides another revenue stream and way to meet people, bring more folk to Rum and make Croft 3 work.