Campaigners plan bid to save Kinloch Castle from demolition

Kinloch  Castle on the Isle of Rum.Kinloch  Castle on the Isle of Rum.
Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum.

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Moves are underway to save a Hebridean island mansion from demolition.

According to The Times, Kinloch Castle, on the island of Rum, is under threat.

It was built by George Bullough, a Lancastrian industrialist, as a place to entertain his high society guests. Construction began in 1897 and was completed in 1900.

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The baronial lodge, which was sold to the state in 1957, has since fallen into disrepair.

An attempt to restore the castle failed a decade ago.

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This year, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), owner of the castle and the island, suggested that the Category A listed building could be demolished if it failed to find the £20 million needed for restoration.

Now, enthusiasts are looking to take ownership of the landmark.

The Kinloch Castle Friends Association wants to set up a community interest company or a building preservation trust to create “a viable and sustainable future for the castle and therefore for the Rum community”.

Catherine Duckworth, honorary secretary, said: “SNH have long wanted to pass it on because looking after a listed building is not part of their remit.

“We have taken advice and think the cost of repairs would be appreciably less than the £20 million SNH have said, but we haven’t yet got actual costings.

“We also have support from the Rum community who realise that without the castle providing employment, accommodation and a visitor attraction, they will struggle to survive.”

An SNH spokesman said: “We are undertaking work towards achieving a practical and affordable outcome for Kinloch Castle that represents value for money for the Scottish taxpayer.”