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The Deer Rut - Rum

Each autumn, the Isle of Rum becomes the stage for a remarkable natural phenomenon known as the deer rut. The deer rut, or breeding season, is a time of intense activity and drama for the red deer that inhabit the island. From late September to early November, the land is filled with the sound of roaring stags, as the males compete for the attention of the females. Engaging in displays of strength and dominance to win the right to mate, only a few males, generally those with the best antlers and fighting skills will succeed. The roaring can be heard from miles away and is a thrilling and eerie sound that adds to the drama of the season.

It's a time of incredible beauty as the hills and glens are transformed by the changing colours of the autumn foliage. The red deer, with their russet coats and majestic antlers, are a stunning sight against this stunning backdrop.

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