Kinloch Castle, Isle of Rum

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, which counted 443 people in 1795, were cleared from the island by 1828, only for new tenants to be brought in from Skye and Muck to service the sheep farm.
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  • We visited Kinloch Castle on an island-hopping trip to Rum. Fascinating place made even more interesting and amusing by our guide. One of the most interesting and entertaining tours of a castle ever.  more »
  • Tour of this "castle" is very interesting, giving you a glimpse into how the wealthy spent their leisure time. Our guide was a font of information on the house and family - very funny to boot. It is u...  more »
  • This was my third visit to Kinloch Castle and was as enjoyable and interesting as the others. There is much history associated with the Castle (really more of a stately home or leisure residence) and ...  more »
  • Beautiful building although sadly a little run down.
  • I've only stayed in a hostel inside the castle- conditions were OK and not too pricey for such location!
  • Most amazing 5 weeks I've ever spent. Rum is a truly amazing island and then staff were really friendly

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