Location: Isle Of Rum | Age:20th century
Kinloch Castle is probably one of the most comely looking castles on this list. It’s rated dramatic for its location on the isolated Isle of Rum in the Small Isles. The castle was completed around 1900 and was a no-expense-spared luxury retreat for George Bullough. George had inherited the island from his father who had bought it to use as a private shooting estate.
The castle was built using eye-catching pink sandstone, featuring modern plumbing, an internal telephone system, fabulous landscaping, a variety of exotic pets such as crocodiles and parrots and even its own orchestrion. In today’s money, the cost of building the castle is equivalent to around £15 million pounds! The castle lived up to the extravagance that it was built for, used for hosting glamorous balls and entertaining hunting parties.
After George’s death, the castle was sold to a government agency and became a National Nature Reserve. The castle and island are now owned and managed by Scottish Natural Heritage.
Sometimes on our walking holiday to Knoydart, our clients will visit the Isle of Rum and Kinloch Castle on a day trip.