NM4099 : Kinloch Castle

taken 44 years ago, near to Kinloch, Highland, Great Britain

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Kinloch Castle
Kinloch Castle
The castle was built in 1897-1901 by Sir George Bullough, a textile tycoon from Lancashire whose father had bought the Isle of Rum as his summer residence. It was he who added the 'h' in the name of the island, and it is said either that this was because his wife disapproved of alcoholic spirits, or that it was added in order to make the name of the island look more 'authentic', though if the latter is correct, he was misguided; older sources do not include the 'h', and there are no non-anglicised Gaelic words or place names beginning with 'rh'.
Kinloch Castle
James Bullough bought Isle of Rum 1886 for 35,000. His Son George inherited much of the family fortune and spent 15 million (in today's money) constructing the castle. Building began in 1897 with 300 craftsmen, and was finished in 1900.
The red sandstone was from a quarry in Corrie, Arran.
For the gardens 250,000 tons of soil was imported, a walled garden and greenhouses built, water features, bridges and appropriate ornaments. The greenhouses were for peaches and grapes and other fruit associated with the Mediterranean. Sir George died in 1939 leaving the castle to his wife who in turn sold it to Scottish Natural Heritage for around 1 per acre.
Sadly the castle has fallen into disrepair but SNH are paying for the upkeep. The hostel in the back will have to move however. The building featured in BBC's 'restoration' in 2003.
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Date Taken
May 1974   (more nearby)
Sunday, 17 April, 2005
Castle > Castle   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 401 995 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:0.7929N 6:16.9790W
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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