Kinloch Castle is a late Victorian mansion built as a private residence for Sir George Bullough, a textile tycoon from Lancashire whose father bought Rùm island 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.

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.



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Founded: 1897-1900
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in United Kingdom

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Simon Russell (20 months ago)
Fantastic to visit and learn the amazing history.
Milena .Kusnierova (2 years ago)
Interesting castle with colorful history on the most beautiful island.
Mark Lamont (2 years ago)
Castle is exceptional, tour guide is also very friendly and informative. The history inside the castle and the artefacts inside are one of a kind. The orchestrian, Steinway Piano, Lion pelt and numerous and enormous stag heads await your arrival in the main hall itself. The halls and the many rooms inside are filled with incredible objects worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. The building itself is made from red Arran sandstone, and is very porous which means the castle will not survive forever in-fact is showing signs of dampness already. A true one of a kind place and is a situated in a fantastic community with unbeatable views.
John Brimm (2 years ago)
Untouched History. Ross was an amazing guide and provided info that you will not find in the history books!
Sari Jacobsen (2 years ago)
Yes, sadly is a little run down but the caretaker does an excellent job on the little guided tour. An example of the bottomless pit of extravagance produced by the industrial era of GB although not always in great taste. Interesting architectural design especially the turret staircase and butler's servery off the dining room. Would have been spectacular in it's prime. Worth a visit on the Calmac 3 isle circuit.
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