Kinloch Castle is a late Victorian mansion located on the Isle of Rùm, one of the Small Isles off the west coast of Scotland. It was built as a private residence for Sir George Bullough, a textile tycoon from Lancashire whose father bought Rùm as his summer residence and shooting estate. Construction began in 1897, and was completed in 1900. Built as a luxurious retreat, Kinloch Castle has since declined. The castle and island are now owned by Scottish Natural Heritage, and part of the castle operates as a hostel. The Kinloch Castle Friends Association was established in 1996 to secure the long-term future of the building.Kinloch Castle is protected as a category A listed building, and the grounds are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens.HistoryRùm was owned by Alexander Maclean of Coll in the early 19th century. At that time, during the Napoleonic Wars, kelp from the Scottish islands was a valuable commodity, being used to produce soda ash for use in explosives. After the war, prices collapsed and Maclean was forced to lease the island to a relative, Lachlan Maclean, for sheep farming. As a result, the entire population was cleared from the island by 1828, only for new tenants to be brought in from Skye and Muck to service the sheep farm.Make Kinloch Castle a centerpiece of your Isle of Rum vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Isle of Rum family vacation planner.
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I've wanted to visit this place ever since I read the book 'Eccentric wealth: the Bulloughs of Rum' (highly recommended). Such a fascinating pile with all sorts of wierd, wonderful and, um err, kinky ... more »
This is not your typical castle tour. The history and current state of the home is at once beautiful and sad because of the state of disrepair. It was one man's brave and beautiful folly and a stateme... more »
Arrived on boat from Arisaig, via Eigg, and had 2 hours only on Rum. As soon as we disembarked we were told about the Castle Tour. If you keep to the top road it is about a 20 minute walk from the fer... more »
Most amazing 5 weeks I've ever spent. Rum is a truly amazing island and then staff were really friendly
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