Highlands & Islands

Isle of Rum to get first proper play park

Rum
Image caption The Big Lottery Fund is putting money towards the cost of the play park

A small Hebridean island is to get its first proper children's play park.

The Isle of Rum Community Trust has been given £9,500 from the Big Lottery Fund towards the cost of creating a safe, enclosed play area.

It will replace out-of-date play equipment in an area described by islanders as a "midge-infested hollow".

The new play park will be created on a site near Kinloch village hall and will be made available to local and visiting children.

Alison Morris, a trust director and mother-of-one, said the existing play equipment was "antiquated and unsuitable" for young children.

Rum has a population of about 40. Everyone lives in Kinloch, except a deer project researcher who is based at Kilmory.

The island's official website claims that Rum's midges are among the worst on the west coast of Scotland.

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