Asset Transfer?

A working group of the KCFA have been actively looking into creating a Community Interest Company for asset transfer of the running of the castle from SNH. Our proposals are to initially recreate the hostel accommodation with self catering facilities and as soon as possible add in the bistro and bar. We will then move forwards with upgrading some of the other letting rooms, then restoration and conservation in the museum rooms. Alongside this our plans include the restoration of the Orchestrion. 

Due diligence is showing that the castle could have a sustainable future using this model. We need £1.5 millions in the first place to do the work that is needed to make the building watertight, to rewire, to replace lead piping, to repair the water ingress into the basement, and to get the hostel and kitchen up and running again. Our research shows that we can rescue the castle at a much lesser cost than has been shown in previous reports all of which were aiming at a much higher standard of accommodation. 

Our aim is to restore the castle and by doing this, increase job opportunities on Rum, to encourage more people to move to Rum to live and through this to help make the local community more viable. 

Create a viable castle or demolish?

January 2017 brought the news buzzing that the demolition of Kinloch Castle was proposed. This got the newspapers and tv channels contacting us to find our views. The report prepared by Stewart Sandison and put to the Secretary of State was studied and it was found that it is mainly concerned with the proposals to restore the castle to a viable use as suggested in the Savill's report. Savill's state clearly that to do nothing is not an option. Demolition is the alternative but all is not yet lost. The castle is deteriorating and Stewart Sandison's report shows that since the Savill's report was completed, further work on the castle has found that there are more problems with the steel framework of the building than thought. This is the reason for the very wide costings given for the work. Until they start it is difficult to know how much it will be. 

Watch out for more news of how you can help save the castle. 

Road to Harris

The road to Harris has washed away near the Long Loch for quite a section: early November 2017. It is not yet known how long it will be before the road is repaired. The damage is substantial and was caused by unusually heavy rainfall.

If you wish to visit the Bullough Mausoleum, please check before you travel. 

Update, February 2018. The road was quickly repaired by SNH and Harris is once more accessible. 

Isle of Rum World War One soldiers

Archie Cameron in his book 'Bare Feet and Tackety Boots' states that Sir George Bullough's gardeners were 'made into cavalrymen' and that they 'disappeared like a cloud of midges in a breeze of wind to display in the mud of Flanders what they had learned in a quick canter around the Castle on the Isle of Rhum. Mostly they are still in Flanders' .

Can anyone help to track down these men? So far, despite strenuous efforts,  we have found not a one. Has anyone any clues as to which regiment they joined? Please contact if you can help.


Answer to Daily Mail Article of 17th January 2014

The Daily Mail recently published an article by Jim Macbeth supposedly including information supplied by Alastair Scott, author of 'Eccentric Wealth: The Bulloughs of Rum'. Alastair has asked me to send out the following: 

Daily Mail Article on the Bulloughs:

A week before I was to give a talk on the Bulloughs and Kinloch Castle to the Perthshire members group of the National Trust for Scotland, I was rung up by a reporter from the Daily Mail. He explained that he'd seen the announcement of the talk in the local paper and asked if he could have a short interview as he wanted to do an article on the subject. From his line of questions it was obvious he was mainly interested in the more sensational aspects of the myths and gossip. I refuted most of his contentions and told him there was no evidence to support them, and frequently contradicted his questions which began with 'Would it be fair to say that...' I concentrated on the philanthropic side of Sir George and the wonderful legacy of his castle. We talked for 15 minutes and that was that. I wasn't paid for my time and neither was I given the opportunity to check the article before publication. I thought no more about it until a member of the KCFA emailed to say that the article had angered several people. When I read it, I too was shocked and angered. I wrote the following to the reporter:

'Bite marks on her bedpost' - where on earth did you get that from? Actually there's no need to answer that as it obviously came from the same source as your other fantasies.

When you rang me for the interview you began by listing the more prestigious journals you had worked for in your long career. I assume this was to give me confidence that you would reproduce the information truthfully and fairly - attributes not normally associated with the Daily Mail. I am offended by what you've written and the distortions your quote marks suggest came directly from me ('purposeful idleness', '... Royal Brothel'). If I went through your article pointing out the inaccuracies then the result would be as long as the original - suffice to say that everything I refuted, considered unlikely or disbelieved you have stated as fact. Clearly you didn't want my answers, you wanted 'an authority' to place alongside your sole interest of sensationalism. I spent three years of my life researching this subject and a further year writing a book about it. My intention was to separate fact from gossip. Yes, there are grey areas in the story but my book, I hope, goes a long way to correct past distortions and to present the Bulloughs in their true colours. You have culled the admirable traits I emphasised and regurgitated the old, old fiction in all its myopic bias. You have set my cause back and I feel angered and disappointed by your abuse of my trust.

I expected better

Alastair Scott

13 February 2014