Breakdown of cost for Isle of Rum visit: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

A breakdown of all costs for Lorna Slater’s visit to the Isle of Rum on 12/05/23, including the cost to charter the boat, state the cost of the full return journey. If any ministerial cars were used for the journey please confirm details of departure and arrival points and the length of journey.


The cost to hire the vessel to and from the Isle of Rum was quoted as £1200. The cost information(1) may be held in full by NatureScot who arranged the charter, you may wish to contact them at to help you further.

Item Cost in £
Boat charter as quoted(1) 1,200.00
Ministers accommodation 163.50
Private office accommodation 176.50
SG official accommodation 145.00
Ministers evening meal 21.50
Private office evening meal 12.55
Scottish Government official evening meal 23.50
Scottish Government official car hire 155.08

Government car Service(2)


(2) This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have all of the information you have requested. This is because the Government Car Service vehicles and drivers are operated as shared resources, and as a consequence frequently cover multiple customers throughout that day. We therefore we do not record costs for individual car journeys.

Thursday 11 May Friday 12 May
Depart from ministers residence 09:00 Depart Mallaig Ferry terminal 08:30
Arrive At Balloch 11:00 Arrive Rum 09:30
Depart from Balloch 13:30 Depart Rum 14:30
Arrive at Mallaig: 16:30 estimate Arrive Mallaig 15:45

Please note for the above journey timings are provided as indicative.

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