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Kinloch Castle reminds us of a time and place but what purpose will it serve in the future?

Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum is for sale for £1. PIC: Kisselbach.

NatureScot, owners of a large part of the Isle of Rum and this property, have put Kinloch Castle on the market for £1. A Scottish castle for £1! But its not really a castle, and the true cost of this place is something around £13-20m when you consider the work that needs done to resurrect the castle, which is considered by some to be a prime example of the excesses of landlordism in Scotland.

Built for Lancashire textile tycoon George Bullough, who inherited the wealth of his island-owning father aged 21, Kinloch Castle was honey to a high-society crowd enthralled by a weekend of hunting, horses and socialising in new fashionable Scotland.

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While it is Grade A listed, with credit given for its ornate interior, it has been suggested that Kinloch has little great architectural value and speaks more of place in time.

A community-based bid to take over the building and open a bed and breakfast, bar and bistro, failed given the huge amount of money required to revive it.

NatureScot has demanded the new owner will conserve and preserve the castle. Kinloch may have served served its original owner fabulously well but today’s aspirations for a fairer, greener society must at some point counterbalance the need to preserve in aspic one man’s island playground,

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The Scotsman

The Scotsman is a Scottish compact newspaper and daily news website headquartered in Edinburgh. First established as a radical political paper in 1817, it began daily publication in 1855 and remained a broadsheet until August 2004. Its parent company, JPIMedia, also publishes the Edinburgh Evening News.

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