The Isle of Rum (www.isleofrum.com) – the biggest and most spectacular of the Small Isles – was once known as the Forbidden Island. Cleared of its crofters in the early 19th century to make way for sheep, from 1888 to 1957 it was the private sporting estate of the Bulloughs, a Lancashire family who made their fortune in the textile industry. Curious outsiders who ventured too close were liable to find themselves staring down the wrong end of a gamekeeper's shotgun.
The island was sold to the Nature Conservancy in 1957 and has since been a wildlife reserve with deer, wild goats, ponies, golden and white-tailed eagles, and a 120,000-strong colony of Manx shearwaters. Its dramatic, rocky mountains, known as the Rum Cuillin for their similarity to the peaks on neighbouring Skye, draw hill walkers and climbers.
Kinloch, with ferry landing, shop, post office and public telephone, is the island's only settlement.