Glengorm Castle, also known as Castle Sorn, is a 19th-century country house. The Mishnish estate was purchased in 1856 by James Forsyth of Quinish. He cleared the existing township of Sorne to make way for the new house, which was completed in 1860. The house was designed by Kinnear and Peddie in a Scots Baronial style. It is now operated as a guest house and wedding venue, with a cafe and shop in the former stables. The castle is located on a headland and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day the Outer Hebrides and Islands of Uist, Rùm and Canna can be viewed from the castle.

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Founded: 1860
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in United Kingdom

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Neil Metcalfe (2 months ago)
We had a fantastic couple of days at Glengorm Castle. Spectacular location, superb food, really nice people and service. What more could you want. 5 stars does not seem enough. Thanks and look forward to seeing you all again.
Gillian Linnard (3 months ago)
Glengorm Castle is truly a hidden gem set on the North of Mull. We stayed in a fabulous suite for two nights as part of our highland honeymoon adventure. The breakfast really is a feast fit for a king and keeps you going all day. Due to restaurant restrictions due to covid, Marjorie also cooked a three course dinner for guests which was as good as the fancy dinners we had in Oban, if not better as the husband said they were proper portions!! A stay here will not disappoint.
Matthew (4 months ago)
Looking forward to returning. Large comfortable clean rooms, amazing views nice big open fire places and a range of complimentary whisky. Good for all ages.
Maurice Thomson (6 months ago)
Glengorm castle is in the most spectacular setting at the North end of Mull. Perfect place to unwind. Absolutely fantastic b and b, all the staff are very friendly, you have a fantastic choice for breakfast overlooking the Atlantic and the castle grounds. Fantastic place to explore would definitely recommend.
Richard Sorrill (6 months ago)
A beautiful place to stay in a lovely location. The staff are very friendly without being intrusive. The breakfasts are are superb. If you like to stay in a property with real character then you couldn't do better than Glengorm Castle.
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