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Kinloch Castle, Isle of Rum

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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.
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  • As a contractor, I was accosted by the island secretary for not having permission screaming at me "YOU DON'T LIVE HERE, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BRING A VEHICLE ON ISLAND", but I wouldn't have gotten on f...  more »
  • Kinloch Castle is set in the most stunning location. As the ferry approaches Rum, you get your first sighting of the castle set on the front of a secluded bay, surrounded by trees, with the mountains ...  more »
  • A rescued castle in the midst of being restored - the tour is wonderful and you will not be disappointed by guide, Each room holds it's own interest and has a quirky story to it. You can only reach th...  more »
  • Most amazing 5 weeks I've ever spent. Rum is a truly amazing island and then staff were really friendly