information in relation to a boat trip to the Isle of Rum by Lorna Slater: FOI release

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

Information requested

Information in relation to a boat trip to the Isle of Rum by Lorna Slater.

Was it the Scottish Government and what was the cost in its entirety?

That should include: 

  • food;
  • accommodation;
  • taxi services; and
  • any other cost incurred.


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

NatureScot was formally constituted as Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) under the Natural Heritage (Scotland) Act 1991. For administrative purposes, NatureScot is classified as an Executive Non‑Departmental Public Body (NDPB). Most of NatureScot's funding comes from the Scottish Government, in the form of ‘grant in aid’.

Item Cost in £
Boat charter as quoted [1] 1200
Ministers accommodation 163.50
Private office accommodation 176.50
Scottish Government official accommodation 145
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] 0

[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.

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